Monday Mindfulness

Cultivating Strength, Joy, Peace & Resilience

Laugh…and Open New Possibilities

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Laughter is a strong medicine for mind and body.  It is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict.  It also lightens burdens, inspires hopes, connects you with others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

There are many physiological and psychological benefits to laughter.  

  The Benefits of Laughter  

     Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease

      Mental Health Benefits:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

      Social Benefits:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

Laughter is a catalyst for creativity, new discoveries, and enhanced relationships, with oneself and others.  Laugh more and you will find that you become more relaxed, positive, creative, joyful, and balanced.

Try this simple exercise:  Take a full breath in and then draw your shoulders up towards your ears.  Hold your shoulders up close to your ears. Count to two and then as you exhale, move your shoulders down and up quickly as you laugh, “ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha”, for six or eight times in a row.  Repeat several times.  Notice the release of tension in your upper body, notice your renewed energy and freer flow of breath. 

Enjoy the benefits of laughter and know that, with every laugh…you open new possibilities for the Universe. 

Make it a great week!

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Author: Monday Mindfulness

Yoga and Mindfulness Education @ www.INAwellness.com and www.CreateCalm.org

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