About an hour after I'd first heard of laughter yoga, I got to try it out at the annual stake Relief Society get-together.
Did you know:
- children laugh around 200 times a day and adults only 15 times?
- the brain can't discern between forced and real laughter, meaning you can fake your brain into releasing good hormones?
We reenacted a growing flower, the breathing in and out of all the good in the world, and toasting drinks. I think the funniest was the running around after we'd "started up our lawnmowers."
Overall, I think the idea is sound. But I didn't feel like my mood was especially lifted afterwards. I had hoped to laugh so hard that my stomach and cheeks hurt (that hasn't happened in a while), but I didn't feel like my real laughter ever got started. Yesterday, while feeling down, I forced myself to laugh as I walked home from the park. And it never really caught on. But I guess there are some moods that just can't be lifted that easily.
Anyway, try laughter yoga some time.