How to Get a Jump on Happiness

by DavalosMcCormack on May 7, 2008

I spend a lot of time reading about health, trying to figure out what works, what doesn’t, what helps people, what doesn’t. It’s fascinating but often rather dry stuff. Then, every once in a while you come across something that captures your attention, that makes you smile, or in some cases makes you laugh.

Take Laughter Yoga for example. In normal yoga you do poses like downward facing dog or warrior, but in laughter yoga you do some less strenuous stretches and laugh at the same time. This involves everything from giggles to full-blown guffaws and belly laughs. And it’s not just for fun. It’s for fitness.

According to the folks who teach it, ‘Laughter Yoga’ can help you feel better. They claim it helps to reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve your heart and lung function, tone muscles and even help improve digestion and reduce the likelihood of constipation. No shit!

Sound funny – well take a look at a class and see what you think.

At the very least it can’t hurt, and if it gets you moving around and having fun and getting some exercise then what the heck, who cares how silly it looks.

The other video I came across has nothing to do with exercise other than the fact that it features a man hopping around a street in London for the three minutes of the song. The song itself is fun and infectious, but when you see this fellow hopping around, kids hopping around, even a dog hopping around, then you can’t help but smile. The song is called “Happiness” and it could spark off a whole new trend in hopping, or men wearing white suits.

And even if it doesn’t it could help you think of something worth smiling about next time you are in a “Laughter Yoga class”

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