Laugh, Laugh, Laugh & Live Well!
Presented by: Sally Shaver, BS, MA, CLL www.smilepresentations.com
So what is keeping you from seeing the world with a sense of humor?
1. Work-related stress
2. Home-related stress
3. Medical issues
4. Interpersonal relationships
6. Many others
How do you spell relief? LAUGH!
Why do we laugh?
3. Release (Either laugh or cry) So, laughter is very emotional!
Why do kids laugh more than adults?
STRESS—Life stresses you out and you forget to laugh or choose not to do so.
There are many health benefits to adding humor and laughter to your life.
1. Laughter Strengthens the Immune System
Laughter increases activity within the immune system which helps increase the count of
natural killer white blood cells. Depression, stress and other negative emotions reduce
the body’s ability to fight off infections.
2. Laughter Decreases Stress Hormones
Laughter is one of the best ways to relax your muscles. A good laugh helps to reduce the
level of stress hormones epinephrine, cortisol, dopac and growth hormone. Laughter can
give you instant relief from a stressful situation.
3. Laughter is a natural pain killer
Humor allows us to forget about our ailments for a while. It also increases the
endorphins in our bodies which can help with fighting pain.
4. Laughter can help to increase aerobic endurance
Deep belly laughing helps to improve lung capacity and oxygen levels in the blood.
5. Laughter and humor helps to decrease depression and increase self confidence
When people laugh and add humor to their lives, this brings in positive emotions that can
enhance, not replace, conventional treatments. In addition, when a person begins to
laugh especially if they have been depressed for a long time, they experience the benefits
from the endorphin response, this in turn makes him/her feel better. And, over time this
can help the person feel better about him/herself.
Adding more humor and laughter in the classroom.
When we help students to laugh, many physical effects occur to their bodies and brains which
increase their ability to focus and learn more effectively.
1. Under stressful classroom situation, powerful chemical messengers such as adrenaline are
secreted from the brain which in turn activates the “Fight or Flight” response sending more blood
flow to the heart, lungs and large muscles and away from the digestive system and the BRAIN!
2. Hormones such as cortisol are secreted which restrict blood vessels and increases blood
pressure. “When we are under stress, we normally remember less than we otherwise would, &
this relates directly to increased cortisol in the system. No wonder it is difficult to focus and
remember under stress!” From Carla Hannaford’s book: Smart Moves
Not a single person is born funny! Humor and laughter are a choice!
What can we do to let the lighter side of ourselves out?
1. Look for funny things in your life. Truth is often funnier than fiction.
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2. Laugh at yourself. Many people take themselves too seriously.
3. Be a good listener and you shall find humor.
4. Improve your perspective. Look at the world differently. Find humor in places
others do not. Road Signs
Do you see the glass half empty or half full? What phrase do you see below?
Also known as Laughter Yoga, these exercises were developed by Dr. Madan Kataria in India Dr.
Kataria is the founder of Laughter Yoga Clubs movement started in 1995. While researching the benefits
of laughter, he was amazed by the number of studies showing profound physiological and psychological
benefits of laughter. He decided to find a way to deliver these benefits to his patients and other people.
The result is Laughter Yoga, a unique exercise routine that combines group laughter exercises with yoga
breathing which allows anyone to laugh without using jokes, humor or comedies. Started with just with
just five people in a public park in Mumbai in 1995, it has grown into a worldwide movement of more
than 6000 Laughter Yoga clubs in over 60 countries.
The exercises you participate in today were taught to Sally at a World Laughter Tour two-day training
where she began her certified laughter career. Many of these exercises or others could be utilized as part
of your warm-up or cool-down part of your lessons, for staff meetings or as a part of your personal
exercise routine. The other great benefit of including laughter exercises is that they are cooperative and
help students improve social and interpersonal skills.
Laughter Exercises we will do today if time allows
Heart to Heart
Other Laughter Exercises
Bow and Arrow
Circle with vowel sounds
Hokey Pokey--You put your HEE, HEE, HA HA, HO, HO
Be your own best C.L.O.W.N.
C- Care about yourself everyday!
L- Laugh whenever you can.
O- Observe the world with humor.
W- Watch out for negative people.
N- Never go to bed in a bad mood.
Humor in the Workplace Website suggestions:
www.laughteryoga.org Dr. Madan Kataria is a physician from India and began laughter clubs and a
form of laughing yoga . Since then, he has started clubs all over the world and thousands of people have
benefited from laughing.
www.worldlaughtertour.com Dr. Steve Wilson started the WLT in the USA after receiving training
from Dr. Kataria and now his organization trains Certified Laughter Leaders all over the USA.
Sally Shaver CLL, BS, MA Ames, Iowa 515-232-5050
Wellness consultant, educator, certified laughter leader and clown
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