28 August 2008

we could all use a good laugh

If laughter is the best medicine, these men in India must be really healthy. As part of a yoga practice, the security workers below get a healthy dose of chuckles.

[Image: Reuters/Jitendra Prakash via Activate]
Indian security personnel practice laughter therapy during an early morning yoga session in a park in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, on August 27, 2008.

Laughter is said to be good for:

  • Reducing stress
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Elevating mood
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Improving brain functioning
  • Protecting the heart
  • Connecting you to others
  • Fostering instant relaxation
  • Making you feel good
[Source: HelpGuide.org]

Even faking laughter, as many of these guys above are probably doing, has the same health benefits of genuine laughter. [Source: The Laughing Cure, Elizabeth Scott, MS]

Wanna try it?
There are actually laughter clubs across the world, many right here in the states. Find one near you.