How laughter works

How Laughter Works

 

Did you know?

One pioneer in laughter research, Dr. William Fry, claimed it took 10 minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.

 

How laughter works

 

Today we thought we would give you some of the benefits of laughter.

  1. It relaxes the whole body by relieving physical tension and stress.
  2. It decreases stress hormones in the body and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, improving resistance to disease.
  3. It triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
  4. Improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow.
  5. It provides a gentle aerobic workout.
  6. It’s the body’s natural way of getting rid of stress and anxiety. So if we don’t laugh enough it does affect our immune system and we’re more open to illness.
  7. It helps relieve pain. It’s very powerful and it’s fun.
  8. We change physiologically when we laugh.
  9. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues.

Would it be possible for you to do 3 belly laughs each day?

 

 

Silence is very healing

Silence is very healing

 

silence is very healing

 

Sitting silently, quietly in meditation provides us with the opportunity to experience real peace and happiness.

Sitting quietly leads to calmness and a steady mind that allows us to be more fully present.

It is in silence that we begin the process of re-training our minds so that they are more present and more aware.

 

gratitude practice

Gratitude Practice

Last year I attended the Goddess on Purpose event, in Creswick, Australia, as a sponsor and we were invited to give each participant a gift.

After some thought I decided to publish my 3 Steps to Inner Peace as a gift card. These are three simple techniques to clear stress, improve mood and spend time nourishing ourselves. The last Step was Gratitude Practice.

gratitude practice

Gratitude practice

This will improve your mood and increase your level of joy.

It will make you less reactive and more loving.

Take a few minutes to think of everything you are grateful for.

Do this at least 3 times each day.

 

These days I prefer to suggest a Gratitude Journal. Get an exercise book and each evening write down 10 things you are grateful for.

Some days you will find lots to be grateful for.

Other days you will need to keep it really simple: did you have a hot shower, did you have 3 meals, a warm bed a night etc. You can even be grateful for the air that you breathe!

Keep it really simple on those tough days where you feel particularly stressed. But keep the practice going every day and you will soon feel the benefits.

Will you commit to doing this every day for one month?

 

How negative is your thinking?

It is easy to be caught in a negative thinking loop. Our thoughts move incredibly fast. The Buddha taught that the mind arises and passes millions of  times per second!

Can you avoid Criticism, Complaining and Comparing yourself to others?

We’d love to hear how you go and if you have any questions.

Read more about our 3 Steps to Inner Peace

 

laughter pill for true health

Laughter pill for true health!

Here at Meditate Laugh relax we don’t advocate pill popping unless of course they’re completely harmless and good for you.

Be careful — the side effects of cheerfulness and a happy smile may last all day.

 

A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.  Madeleine L’Engle

 

Are you on an inner journey?

Are You on an Inner Journey?

Meditation takes us on an inward journey. To peace, calm and happiness. But these are not the goal: the goal is focussing the mind and training the mind to be less reactive. However it is lovely to be able to experience deep calm at times along the way.

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