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Fri, Jul 21 10:38am · Laughter is the Best Medicine


In an excerpt from the Dementia Journey blog, our laughter expert, Amy, explains the benefits of laughter and how to incorporate it into our daily lives.

Amy explains, in a typical day, laughter is usually sporadic and short lived. In order to gain the most benefit from laughter it needs to be long and deep, stimulating the diaphragm. Intentionally adding laughter to our day helps us receive these benefits. The benefits of laughter can be summarized simply by remembering the 5 H’s, which Amy learned in her teacher training.

  1. HappyLaughter makes us happier by elevating our mood and attitude.  We do better in life with an improved mood and attitude.
  2. HealthyLaughter improves our immune system and physical health. When we are healthier we can do more.
  3. Harmony: Laughter oxygenates and creates harmony in our body and brain.  What we do is more effective and efficient.
  4. Heartfelt: Laughter enriches our relationships and creates connection with others and with ourselves. Laughter is a universal language that breaks down barriers and causes judgment and self-criticism to fade.
  5. Hopeful: Laughter increases resilienceWe bounce back better from adversity.

Here are a few ideas for adding a quick splash of laughter to your day:

  • Surround yourself with positive people and things.
  • Laugh in your car while you are driving to work.
  • Affirm yourself with a smile and laughter while looking in the mirror.
  • Smile at someone else and see what happens.
  • Attend a laughter yoga club.
  • Add humor to your day through media, fun activities, and social connections.
  • Have a laughter buddy.
  • Laugh into your cell phone, even if nobody is on the other line.
  • Join a live laughter party on the phone.
  • Set a timer for one-minute and just laugh until the time is up.

If you want to add more laughter into your day, join Amy on Fridays from 12:15-12:45pm for Laughter Yoga. It’s a drop-in class and available to all members & eligible members!

For more information about Laughter Yoga, please visit: http://www.laughteryoga.org.

Tue, Jan 17 6:00am · Spiritual Well-being

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There is more to me than my body and mind. I have a body, but I am not my body. I have a mind, but I am not my mind. I also have thoughts, feelings, and desires… but I am not these things either. So who am I? I am a whole person, with an inner spirit that transcends the sum of my parts. A holistic approach to well-being means recognizing and supporting spiritual well-being. Since there are many assumptions associated with spirituality, it is important to define and understand this term. 

Spirituality…

  • Is a dynamic process that can help you discover connection, meaning and purpose in your life.
  • Can empower you to be fully engaged in life experiences as your authentic self.
  • Is not the same as religion, but is something everyone experiences. For some, spirituality includes religious experiences; for others it does not.
  • Can mean vastly different things to different people, and is expressed in a variety of ways.

Does this sound like something you want to explore?

Sign up for the DAHLC Spiritual Wellness Series! This 3-session series takes an expansive approach to spirituality and is designed to help participants define what spirituality means to them, gain a more solid sense of self, explore a variety of contemplative practices and identify current and new practices that support personal spiritual well-being.

Series meets: Mondays, Feb 6 – 20 from 5:30-6:30pm
Registration opens Jan 23 at 5:30pm

To register for a series, stop by the front desk or call 507-266-4688.
Direct questions to: kuth.amy@mayo.edu

Aug 22, 2016 · Live Well, Learn How to Fish

DAHLC-3459I’ve never been fond of fishing. But the quote “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime” has always had meaning for me. When I was offered the opportunity to become a leader of the Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop at the DAHLC, I saw it as an opportunity to bring this adage to life. As a long-time sufferer of GI issues, I am no stranger to chronic disease. I worked closely with my healthcare provider to help manage my condition, but I also needed to “learn how to fish” if I wanted to live a normal life.

bookI am no professional fisherman (woman), but I can now confidently say I know how to direct the boat and work the line. I am a lifelong learner, and I am managing my condition. Now, I get to help others do the same. I want to empower others to become actively engaged in managing their own health. I believe a person’s well-being should be approached from a whole person perspective, and that is exactly what this workshop offers.

What is a Chronic Condition?: *Chronic conditions may include (but are not limited to):  Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chron’s disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Gluten Intolerance, Heart Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Tobacco Use and Related Conditions. Condition does not need to be diagnosed.

If you or someone you care for has a chronic condition, I encourage you to sign up for this workshop. It’s time to learn how to fish!

Jan 27, 2015 · Giggle, Snort and Laugh at the DAHLC!

This will be 12:15-12:45 pm on the first Friday of the month. It is held in either SL-200 or SL-124.

Specific locations for each month can be found in the DAHLC newsletter and on the website ☺

More information: http://dahlc.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-laughter-club/

Jan 26, 2015 · Giggle, Snort and Laugh at the DAHLC!

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Remember how good you felt the last time you had a good belly laugh? Laughter never fails to lift our spirits no matter what kind of mood we are in. But daily life doesn’t offer us many opportunities for genuine laughter, and when we do find those opportunities they are usually sporadic and short lived. In order to reap the many health benefits of laughter it needs to be deep and sustained. I have always believed in the healing power of laughter.  To me laughter is about finding connection.  I went to my first session of Laughter Yoga and I was hooked. I have to admit I felt a little awkward at first, but there was something about how it made me feel that drew me in. I felt energized, creative, and confident. There was even a shift in the energy of the room. I felt connected to those around me. I couldn’t wait to share this passion with others and I became a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader that same year.  The playful laughter and breathing exercises can be done by anyone. If you can laugh and you can breathe, then you can do laughter yoga.

The Mayo Clinic Laughter Club was created by two of my laughter yoga colleagues to spread the power of laughter throughout the clinic. They have built a solid foundation and I am proud to become a co-leader of this club and officially bring it to the DAHLC! I invite you to drop in to the laughter club on the first Friday of every month and ha-ha-have a good laugh with me!

For more information about Mayo Clinic’s Laughter Club: http://dahlc.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-laughter-club/

Want to learn more about Laughter Yoga? http://www.laughteryoga.org/english