Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Laughter Yoga"....Can it really help?

I was reading an article today in one of my local magazine titled, Laughter is the best medicine. Essentially, it was an article promoting Laughter Yoga in New Farm Park Brisbane Australia, as a way to improve one's emotional and physical wellbeing.

So, can "Laughter Yoga" really help with your stress and depression?

In my mind....YES as this is a form of Behavioural Therapy.  In essence, it is the Behavioural part of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

So what do I mean by Behavioural Therapy.

Our behaviour is "what we do" and "what we do" sends a message "interpreting the meaning of what we do" to our subconscious mind.  For example, look up and try to be sad.  Now look down and try to be sad.  Did you notice that it was much more difficult to be sad when you are looking up.  Why????

Because when you look up, you are telling your subconscious mind that you are confident, strong and moving forward.  It is certainly not a message of despair.  Hence, it is harder to feel sad when looking upwards.

So likewise, when you engage in Laughter Yoga, you are giving a strong message to your subconscious mind that you are happy, and emotionally and physiologically, you will respond to that.  This is why there is some suggestion that Laughter Yoga has positive effects on both your emotional and physical wellbeing.

To find out more information about Laughter Yoga on your side of the world, follow this link
Laughter Yoga International

Dr Vin Tran
MBBS FRACGP Qld Australia
Family Doctor