If you haven't yet tried laughter therapy as a tool for effective stress management, you might want to take a moment to watch these videos. The first one is from Australia.
And here's another one... British actor, John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, visited India's famous Laughter Club to try to understand how laugh therapy can help us to de-stress. He was surprised to find that India takes the business of laughing very seriously with 600 laughter clubs that meet daily throughout India. This is no laughing matter. Since this video was made, there are now over 3000 laughter clubs all over the world.
Edna Junkins, the laughing therapist, takes laughter therapy very seriously. She developed the following list of 65 ideas to make laughter therapy a part of your life on a regular basis.
Given the amount of damage that stress does in our lives, it is well worth your while to strengthen your laughter therapy arsenal to make managing stress much easier.
If you aren't using laughter therapy on a regular basis, then you need to start immediately. As Edna say, "If you have stress symptoms in your life, then you are suffering from extreme stress. You must find a prescription for laughter therapy, right away, because you are literally "dying" for a happier life."
Laugh for 5-10 min. each morning.
Do one loving and light-hearted thing for someone each day.
Point out the day's absurdities to someone.
Seek out the humor in serious situations and share it with someone.
Consciously smile at people more.
Stay playful by keeping your voice and body language playful.
Take on responsibility for the humorous thought for the day.
Giggle right before going to sleep.
Play "Teasing Telephone Tag" with someone by leaving outrageous messages.
Have a laughter match with someone to see who can laugh loudest/longest.
Surround yourself with flowers. "The earth laughs in flowers." Emerson.
Practice laughing without control. Spit out food, wet your pants.
Echo other's laugh. laugh each time others laugh.
Count the number of times you laugh each day.
Tell someone how much you enjoy his/her laughter and sense of humor.
List the positive things in your day read it often.
Be playful with someone 1 hr/wk.
Look for the funny things that always exist.
Give your projects comical names like Quasimoto or Thumper.
Have mindless toys on your desk and take short breaks to play with them.
Wear a funny hat to express or change your attitude.
Use cartoons to help with communication.
Play with the idea of stress--learn to celebrate it.
Laugh with your co-workers for a few minutes for no real reason at all.
Under your clothes, wear a T-Shirt with a saying that lightens you up.
Find playful ways to lighten up conflict with co-workers
Exaggerate and play with the issues that annoy you most.
Incorporate elements of a game into your work.
Laugh for 5 min. in your car on the way to work.
Wear light-hearted, temporary tattoos that help you cope.
Wear a light-hearted tie, scarf, or some other kind of clothing that will help you feel good and playful.
Wear funny underwear if it is a serious day or meeting and outer attire must match accordingly.
Smile at each other when you first wake up.
Exaggerate your affection for your romantic partner. Make everything bigger than it is.
Laugh together at the funny things you see and experience on a stress Daily basis.
Go on a spur-of-the-moment picnic.
Dance together in the living room, in the parking lot, on the street, in the mall.
Read to each other before you go to sleep at night.
Cuddle up together on the couch when you watch TV.
Find some time during the day to enjoy a long passionate, romantic kiss.
Walk together holding hands—swing those hands.
Share at least one bit of humor each day.
Tell each other the good things about each other.
Make a special time each day to laugh and talk—just the two of you.
Practice hanging out together over a cup of coffee, a coke, or a glass of wine.
Develop lots of different, playful ways to say I love you.
Use your imagination to develop playful greetings for each other like a dramatic hug.
Practice laughing 5 min/day. Fake it till you make it.
Look for humor around you--on signs, in people's behavior, on TV, in the newspaper, the things others say, the crazy things that happen to you.
Share your embarrassing moments with other people.
Learn to play with things that are serious like work, social issues, money, etc.
Laugh with other people when they laugh.
Wear a smile. It puts you closer to laughing.
Seek out entertainment which makes you laugh.
Amuse yourself with your own sense of humor.
Buy and listen to a tape of laughter, a laugh box, or a laughing toy.
Buy mindless toys that make you laugh.
Wear hats that make you laugh.
Cultivate your innate playfulness.
Be creative with fun.
Make sure you have fun.
Give yourself permission to laugh at anything you need to.
Do at least one silly, non-conforming thing a day.
Play laughter tapes or CDs on the stereo so laughter rings through the house.--It's contagious.
Start a laughter club like the videos above. Go to www.laughteryoga.org for training and support.
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