Laughter - the Best Medicine!
We all know laughter makes us feel happy but did you know there are many other health benefits including:
- It relaxes the Muscles
- Creates feel good factor hormones - endorphins, dopamine and serotonin
- Brings the stress hormone cortisol down
- Can lower blood pressure
- Improve circulation, blood flow and oxygen supply
- Boosts the immune system
Recently we invited Melanie Bloch, Laughter Ambassador, Laughter Therapist and Laughter Yoga Teacher who has over 25 years of knowledge in the Wellbeing and Complimentary Medicine sector to run two "Laughter Workshops" here at Paddington Central. Try some of her 5 minute laughter exercises that you can practise in your own time:
1. The Pencil Test
Simply put a pencil in between your teeth for 30 seconds (creating the shape of a full toothed grin). This will be enough to create the endorphin effect and the happy chemical will be produced in your brain. If you don't have a pencil don't worry, it works without one too.
2. The Inner Smile
Imagine you are smiling and then laughing on the inside. You'll notice the softening of your eyes and the upturn of your mouth, which may turn into a grin.
3. Breathing In and Out
Take a couple of deep breaths in and out, noticing your shoulders and allow them to gently drop with a sigh. Then, lift your shoulders up, and hold them there for a few seconds then drop them again with a bigger sigh. Repeat and this time use a "ahh ahh ahh" sound, with a gentle and willing smile on your face repeat.
4. Foster Better Feeling Feelings
Read material and listen to music that nourishes your soul
5. Share a Smile with someone new every day... you may even get one back!
"Smiling is Infectious,
You Catch it Like the Flu -
One Day Someone Smiled at Me,
I started smiling Too.
I passed around the Corner and Someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realised I had passed it on to him.
So if you see a smile today,
Dont let it go undetected,
Lets start an epidemic quick
And get the World Infected!"