WHAT IS LAUGH THERAPY?
We all know that laughter makes us feel better but have we ever stopped to consider how and why?
Stress is one of the biggest killers for humans. Its impact on our mental and physical health is great. Research shows that laughter has far-reaching mental, physical and emotional benefits and can help in the treatment of a range of conditions.
Laugh Therapy involves using laughter for theraputic benefit. Our carefully planned programme incorporates elements of mindfulness, playfulness, meditation, elation and relaxation, breathing exercises, positive psychology, brain training, laughter inducing activities and more.
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WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM LAUGH THERAPY?
Due to the positive impact laughter has on mind and body, many people can benefit from Laugh Therapy. It is not intended to be the cure to all ills and should certainly not replace the advice of your doctor, however medical and scientific research shows that it can have quite profound effects when supporting the treatment of a wide range of conditions, due to the way that mind and body responds when laughing.
Since laughter is essentially a method for communicating, expressing or releasing emotions, Laugh Therapy is great for individuals but it is also good for tackling stress and anxiety in schools, hospitals, care homes and the workplace. It can enhance memory, creativity and learning, provide perspective and emotional detachment in difficult situations, strengthen personal and working relationships, boost confidence, social skills and self-esteem, and improve engagement and productivity in work environments too.
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Physiological Benefits of Laugh Therapy
Among other physical effects; laughter can lower blood pressure, blood sugar and bad cholesterol, increase blood flow, blood oxygen and virus killing cells. Boosts energy and the immune system, improves breathing and blood vessel function, reduces inflammation and pain. It can even burn calories and exercise shoulder, back and abdomen
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Psychological Benefits of Laugh Therapy
Laughter have a remarkable impact on our brains. It can improve mental health and enhance mental function and create a healthy link between mind and body by reducing cortisol levels (connected with stress and anxiety) and increases gamma waves, (related to memory and learning). Laughter also releases dopemine and serotonin, which are linked to happiness, mood and pain management.
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Social, Emotional and Spiritual
Benefits of Laugh Therapy
As a social tool, laughter unites people. It strengthens relationships, signals social interest and builds trust. Laughter can defuse conflict, heal resentments and alleviate anger and resolve disagreements.
Aside from the joy and positivity it can bring, laughter can provide an important emotional release, provide respite, build emotional resilience, breed mindfulness and foster emotional connections with others.
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Who Are We?
Laugh Therapy UK is an organisation committed to researching and promoting the therapeutic health benefits of mirthful laughter, providing resources, services, classes, personal support, educational events and workplace workshops. Our experiences with laughter as a tool for improved health and wellbeing is what has driven us to set up Laugh Therapy and promote its benefit to as many people as possible. We know it works and, when you have participated in our programme, you will realise its benefits too.