Having a laugh

Lancashire Life|June 2020

Having a laugh
Looking for a fun-filled pastime? Laughter yoga, which is celebrating its 25th birthday in 2020, might just be for you
Kate Jones

Are you aware of the power of laughter? Last year, the University of Derby reported on a new study showing its importance in boosting wellbeing. University researchers developed a smartphone concept named ‘the Laughie’, whereby users record themselves laughing for a minute with their smartphone and are then able to play the recording back to prompt laughter whenever they have time. The concept has been shown to significantly improve individuals’ overall wellbeing by encouraging them to laugh.

‘Previous studies have suggested laughter has several physical, psychological and social benefits, including decreasing stress hormones, boosting the immune system, reducing pain, improving mood and increasing resilience,’ the university said. ‘The psychological and physiological effects of laughter can increase optimism, energy, and cognitive function while decreasing anxiety, stress, loneliness, depression, and tension.’

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