By Diane Ako
Here's one to really LOL about: laughter yoga. It's a new kind of therapy that promises to have people feeling good by just laughing out loud, for a long time. I have heard about it before in passing conversation, but when I read about it in Time magazine recently, it got me thinking about the topic all over.
The article links laughter yoga to mind-body therapy, saying that if we go through the motions of having fun, it'll eventually become real. One person interviewed says she was able to give up medications for depression after eight months of laughing. Impressive, though I am not rushing out to join one of the few laughter yoga clubs in this state.
I do believe laughter is great medicine. I love to be around people who make me laugh: among those, my husband and my best friends. I like to find humor in mundane situations, because life is too short to be serious constantly. Gotta have fun.
Along a similar note, I noticed years ago that if I'm in a bad mood but I force myself to smile, my mood eventually will lighten. That's probably the same concept of mind-body therapy. Or as the Time article says, "Fake it till you make it."
Do you notice a link between acting positive and eventually thinking positive? Have you tried laughter yoga? Would you?
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