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Help Your Patients Heal through Laughter:
When bringing LY Workshops into counseling and rehabilitation centers, some of the areas that participants find the most substantial benefits are: stress management, depression relief, greater concentration in the daytime and deeper sleep in the evening, improved social and communication skills, strengthened immunity, decreased cortisol levels (stress hormones), increased endorphines, lower blood pressure, strengthened self confidence and quicker healing and recovery.
In addition to the scientific and health benefits, participants often say that after practicing Laughter Yoga, they find themselves laughing more readily and easily throughout their day. They also report feeling an increased ability to laugh and cope with challenging events as they arise in their lives, and to approach them with a more light-hearted attitude. Evolution has given us the wonderful gift of laughter, and with Laughter Yoga we’re able to cash in on it’s benefits whenever we feel we could use it most.
⇨ To schedule a Laughter Yoga workshop for your counseling or rehabilitation facility or other group healing setting, you may contact me using this handy form or directly at 617.529.0090 or info (at) livetolaugh (dot) org.
Laughter Therapy Effective for Improving Depression and Sleep
(Source: Geriatrics Gerontology International)
“Depression has been classified as a mood disorder or “affective” disorder. Mood is defined as a powerful, sustained emotion that, in the extreme, markedly affects a person’s perception of the world and ability to adequately function in society. Mood disorders are among the most common health problems doctors see every day. Mood disorders are divided into two major categories: depressive disorders and bipolar disorders. Depression affects approximately 5 percent of the population at any given time, and about 30 percent of adults will suffer from depression over a lifetime. Women are two to three times more likely to experience depression than men.
Sleep is one of the most mysterious of all human activities. Exactly what happens during sleep is still not completely understood.One of mankind’s oldest complaints, insomnia is the chronic inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep. While everyone occasionally experiences a sleepless night now and then without harm, long-term insomnia can be debilitating. Insomnia is not a disease unto itself but a condition associated with a number of different physical and emotional disorders. The incidence of insomnia is higher among people with chronic illnesses such as hyperthyroidism, kidney trouble, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Pregnancy, alcohol intake, stress, and depression are also leading causes of insomnia.
Laughter therapy, also called humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort. Medical professionals have recognized that those patients who maintained a positive mental attitude and shared laughter responded better to treatment.Physiological responses to laughter include increased respiration, circulation, hormonal and digestive enzyme secretion, and a leveling of the blood pressure. A recent study investigated the effects of laughter therapy on depression, cognition and sleep in elderly adults living in a community dwelling. The study included 109 subjects aged 65 years and older. The participants were divided into two groups with 48 subjects in the laughter therapy group and 61 subjects in the control group. The groups were compared using depression evaluations, mental health examinations and sleep quality tests. At the start of the study, there were no significant differences between the two groups on any of the evaluations. When the study ended, it was found that levels of depression and insomnia had significantly decreased in the laughter therapy group. It was also found that overall sleep quality and mental cognition had improved in the laughter therapy group. These findings suggest that laughter therapy is a useful and cost-effective treatment option to improve depression, cognition and sleep quality in elderly adults.” (Full article at NHI)
11 Ko HJ, Youn CH. Effects of laughter therapy on depression, cognition and sleep among the community-dwelling elderly. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2011.
Laughter Yoga versus Group Exercise Program: Controlled Depression Study
BACKGROUND: Laughter Yoga founded by M. Kataria is a combination of unconditioned laughter and yogic breathing. Its effect on mental and physical aspects of healthy individuals was shown to be beneficial.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of Kataria’s Laughter Yoga and group exercise therapy in decreasing depression and increasing life satisfaction in older adult women of a cultural community of Tehran, Iran.
METHODS: Seventy depressed old women who were members of a cultural community of Tehran were chosen by Geriatric depression scale (score>10). After completion of Life Satisfaction Scale pre-test and demographic questionnaire, subjects were randomized into three groups of laughter therapy, exercise therapy, and control. Subsequently, depression post-test and life satisfaction post-test were done for all three groups. The data were analyzed using analysis of covariance and Bonferroni’s correction.
RESULTS: Sixty subjects completed the study. The analysis revealed a significant difference in decrease in depression scores of both Laughter Yoga and exercise therapy group in comparison to control group (p<0.001 and p<0.01, respectively). There was no significant difference between Laughter Yoga and exercise therapy groups. The increase in life satisfaction of Laughter Yoga group showed a significant difference in comparison with control group (p<0.001). No significant difference was found between exercise therapy and either control or Laughter Yoga group.
CONCLUSION: Our findings showed that Laughter Yoga is at least as effective as group exercise program in improvement of depression and life satisfaction of elderly depressed women.” (Full article at PubMed.gov)
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