The Incredible Benefits of Laughter Yoga

The Incredible Benefits of Laughter Yoga

In 1998, Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai, was studying the health benefits of laughter.

He decided to do some tests with his patients.

First, he asked them to stand in a circle and tell jokes or funny stories for ten minutes once a day.

Everyone was laughing and having a good time.

Unfortunately, after two weeks, material ran dry and jokes started turning dark and offensive.

The patients complained and wanted to quit.

Dr. Kataria begged them to stay while he worked on a solution.

Then, Dr. Kataria asked the patients to fake their laughter for one minute. He wanted them to laugh loudly at nothing.  Initially, the patients thought it was awkward but then the laughter caught on and very quickly, it became contagious. The patients laughed uncontrollably for ten minutes. Snorts, guffaws and yes, even the occasional fart led to more uproarious laughter.

Dr. Kataria discovered that whether his patients genuinely laughed at something or pretended to laugh at something, their bodies and brains reacted in the same positive way.

Perhaps, more importantly, Dr. Kataria discovered the medical benefits of sustained laughter. Sustained is the key word. It’s hard to laugh continuously for ten minutes (unless, of course, you’re watching one of my comedy specials). However, we can fake our laughter for longer periods of time.

By encouraging participants to prolong their fake laughter to improve their well-being, Dr. Kataria quickly became known as the Guru of Giggling. He named the program of study

‘Laughter Yoga’.

Since his first laughter yoga class, Dr. Kataria has trained many other laughter yoga coaches.

Now there are over 10,000 laughter yoga clubs in various countries including:  America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, China and Africa.

Dr. Kataria has also worked with the Indian Army.  There are YouTube videos that show these military men who are initially laughing because they have to and then because they want to.

Danny Singh, an English teacher in the UK, uses laughter yoga with his students to help them open up the creative side of their right brain.  I also use laughter yoga to warm up my stand-up comedy students.

Laughter yoga is being sought out by businesses, schools and hospitals around the world as participants learn the physical and psychological rewards of a good guffaw

HOW TO DO LAUGHTER YOGA

Obviously, I don’t have to convince you of the medical benefits of laughter. Perhaps you want to sign up for a laughter yoga class in your city? If you do, here are a few exercises that you might expect to see:

A Greeting Laugh

Participants laugh while shaking hands.

A Shy Laugh

Participants greet each other while hiding their faces behind their hands and laughing.

A Cellphone Laugh

Participants laugh uncontrollably while having an imaginary conversation on their phones.

A Gibberish Laugh

Participants make up a language and laugh as they are pretending to share jokes.

The No Money Laugh

Participants pull out their empty pockets and laugh at the fact that they have little or no money.

Whether it’s a shy laugh, a gibberish Laugh or a no money laugh, Dr. Kataria has certainly contributed a lot of laughs and benefits to our well-being.

What started as an experiment with a few patients has blossomed into an exercise that is now practiced by thousands globally every day. In 1998, Dr. Kataria created World Laughter Day,which is celebrated around the world on the first Sunday of every May.

Dr. Kataria says, “In laughter yoga, we don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.”  He adds, “I have not seen anybody dying of laughter, but I know millions who are dying because they are not laughing.”

If there was ever a time that the world needed more laughter, it’s certainly now.

Thank-you, Dr. Kataria.

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Laugh Long and Prosper, Folks.

Until next time, I’m Judy Croon.

 

How would you like to work out only 3 minutes a week???

Judy’s One Minute Shelf Help Video Pick

One of the ingredients from my keynote, ‘Relieving Stress with Humour’ is healthy physical activity. Back by popular demand, here is a fan favourite: ‘ The Truth About Exercise’.  How would you like to work out only three minutes a week??? I’m not kidding. Check it out!

Relieving Work Related Stress with Humour Keynotes:

 

I had a blast this month chatting with so many awesome groups including;

City of Toronto 

Municipal Finance Association of Ontario
(It was an honour to be one of the speakers at this event, along with CBC’s Rex Murphy. Can you believe we didn’t cover the same material? haha)
Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre
International Association of Electrical Inspectors
Hydro One Sault Ste Marie
Girls Gone Camping 
21st Annual Footcare Conference

Comedy


 

It was an honour to host an evening of entertainment for The Gala of Hope fundraiser in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada at the Mississauga Convention Centre.
Thank you Debora Duclar- Liburd for asking me to be part of such a worthy event.

HELPING OTHERS: TORONTO HOMELESS

How you can help Toronto’s homeless every Monday and Thursday and Saturday night. Can you volunteer? Do you have clothes, sheets, towels, etc  that can can be picked up? Would you like to make a donation. Contact Alex 416 -834-7736, call me or visit the website: City Street Outreach – Monday, Thursday and Saturday Street & Community Outreach
Please listen here how you can help the homeless in Toronto.

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‘I believe the greatest privilege in this world is to use your freedom of speech for those who have no voice.’ – Ricky Gervais
There are some fantastic animal groups in Ontario who are always looking for help.

 

Check out

Speaking of Dogs

 

Shades of Hope Wildlife

(North of Cobourg, Ontario. Open Thursdays and Sundays)

Judy's 1 Minute Shelf Help: How to Win Friends and Influence People

Judy’s One Minute Shelf Help

One of the ingredients from my keynote, ‘Relieving Stress with Humour’ is healthy mental activity. Check out this month’s selection:

 

Welcome to this month’s Shelf Help Pick:How to Win Friends and Influence People By Dale Carnegie.

 

This book has six sections but let’s jump to the section that you’ll probably like the most!
 
Here are the six ways to make people like you!
 
  1. Become genuinely interested in other people. 
  2. Smile.
  3. Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interest.
  6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

 

Relieving Work Related Stress with Humour

I had a blast this month speaking for the Surrey District School Board Conference at the beautiful Bell Performing Arts Centre.

 

 

 

It was also an honour this month to kicking off Mental Wellness Week at Lawrence Park Collegiate

 

Comedy

 

Congratulations to my latest class of Second City stand up students. What an extremely talented group of funny people! They will be doing their graduation showcase Weds. June 21st 7 pm at the John Candy Box Theatre.

 

HELPING OTHERS: TORONTO HOMELESS

How you can help Toronto’s homeless every Monday and Thursday night. Can you volunteer? Do you have clothes that can be picked up? Would you like to make a donation? Contact Alex 416 -834-7736.Thank you Jill from Brick Street Bakery Logan/Queen for all the baked goods for Toronto’s less fortunate. Thank you Valerie Rodrigo-Bibb for helping us make deliveries for City  Street Outreach.
Congrats to Chef Jagger, Chef Doris and Feed It Forward on their Soup Bar grand opening this month at Bathurst/ Dundas.
Feed It Forward is a pay-what-you-can non-profit organization that is feeding Toronto’s homeless.
They are always looking for volunteers to help them at their soup bar and farm ( where they are growing food for the soup bar).

 

DOGSTARZ.CA

 

 

‘I believe the greatest privilege in this world is to use your freedom of speech for those who have no voice.’ – Ricky Gervais
There are two fantastic animal groups in Ontario who are always looking for drivers.

 

Check out

Speaking of Dogs

 

 

 

Judy's 1 Min. Shelf Help – The Productivity Project ( Part 3)

 

 

Hi Friends,

 

Hope you are enjoying your summer. It’s going by so fast. Is it hot enough for you??
I have to say, aside from doing a bit of relaxing and traveling, one of the most meaningful things that I did this past month was join a fantastic group of folks from Habitat For Humanity  ( I nicknamed it Habitat for Humidity because it was pretty steamy the day that we went but it was well worth it.)

 

I highly recommend anyone who wants to donate a little bit of time, elbow grease or money to this worthwhile cause. Hey, just call me Queen of the Caulking Gun.
 

Judy Croon

ONE MINUTE SHELF HELP VIDEOS

One of the ingredients from my keynote, ‘Relieving Stress with Humour’ is healthy mental activity. Check out this month’s 1 Minute Shelf Help Video: The Productivity Project By Chris Bailey. This is part three. I’ve attached the other two parts just in case you missed them.

 

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HELPING OTHERS:
TORONTO HOMELESS

How you can help Toronto’s homeless every Monday night. Can you volunteer? Do you have clothes that can can be picked up? Would you like to make a donation. Contact Alex 416 -834-7736.
Please listen here how you can help the homeless in Toronto.

DOGSTARZ.CA

 

 

‘I believe the greatest privilege in this world is to use your freedom of speech for those who have no voice.’ – Ricky Gervais

 

There are two fantastic animal groups in Ontario who are always looking for drivers.

 

Check out

 

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Judy's Monthly 1 Minute Shelf Help Video for July

Hi Friends,

One of the ingredients from my keynote, ‘Relieving Stress with Humour’ is healthy mental activity. Check out this month’s 1 Minute (or thereabouts haha) Shelf Help Video:

 

 

Watch the Video

 

 

In case, you missed Part 1 here it is!  The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
 

Watch the Video

 

If you would like to hear the 5 minute Shelf Help Podcast of The Productivity Project, just click below.

 

 


KEYNOTES

It was wonderful sharing my keynotes and comedy and lowering overall stress levels for  many meaningful groups recently including:

 

IA Clarington Investments

 

The Ontario Association of Food Banks
(who, by the way, feed over 360,000 people per month!)

 

Guelph Women in Networking (GWIN)

 

Hamilton Wentworth Student Transportation Services

 


COMEDY

Congrats to my Second City Stand Up students who graduated this term. They put on a fantastic show!

 


HELPING OTHERS:
TORONTO HOMELESS

 

How you can help Toronto’s homeless every Monday night. Can you volunteer? Do you have clothes that can can be picked up? Would you like to make a donation. Contact Alex 416 -834-7736.
Please listen here how you can help the homeless in Toronto.

DOGSTARZ.CA

 

‘I believe the greatest privilege in this world is to use your freedom of speech for those who have no voice.’ – Ricky Gervais
There are two fantastic animal groups in Ontario who are always looking for drivers.

 

Check out

The Productivity Project – Judy's Monthly 1 minute Shelf Help Video

Hi Friends,
One of the ingredients from my keynote, ‘Relieving Stress with Humour’ is healthy mental activity. Check out this month’s 1 Minute (or thereabouts haha) Shelf Help Video:

 

 

Watch the Video

 

If you would like to hear the 5 minute Shelf Help Podcast of The Productivity Project, just click below.

 


KEYNOTES

It was wonderful sharing my keynotes and comedy and lowering overall stress levels for  many meaningful groups recently including:

 NLOHSA 60th Annual Conference at the beautiful Gander Arts and Culture Centre.

Customer Service Professionals Network  CSPN 19th Annual Conference  at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

The Agency for Co-operative Housing Annual Conference at the picturesque Elmhirst Resort on Rice Lake


COMEDY

Looking forward to making them laugh this month at the Guelph Women in Networking (GWIN) Event.

 


HELPING OTHERS:
TORONTO HOMELESS

 

How you can help Toronto’s homeless every Monday night. Can you volunteer? Do you have clothes that can can be picked up? Would you like to make a donation. Contact Alex 416 -834-7736.
Please listen here how you can help the homeless in Toronto.

DOGSTARZ.CA

 

‘I believe the greatest privilege in this world is to use your freedom of speech for those who have no voice.’ – Ricky Gervais
There are two fantastic animal groups in Ontario who are always looking for drivers.

 

Check out
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