As a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Laughing Yoga Leader, I combine seriousness with silliness. Laughter is good for the body, mind and spirit. Laughter is one of the best medicines and its free!
A few years ago, I attended the National Wellness Conference, where I embarked on a new journey towards personal happiness. Not knowing anything about the subject, I signed up for a Laughter Yoga Leader Workshop. I had no idea what I was getting myself into but thought that anything with the world “Laughter” in the title, sounded good.
Although I had taken yoga classes in the past, I knew that Laughter Yoga didn’t involve yoga posses, but incorporated laughter with yogic breathing techniques.
The week prior to the workshop, I experienced several stressful events and thought that the workshop couldn’t have come at a worse time. The last thing I felt like doing was laughing or pretending to laugh. At the time, I was feeling stressed out.
I attended the workshop at the local university and entered the classroom. I quietly found an empty seat in the back. The instructor immediately led us into a laughing exercise which involved introducing ourselves, saying something silly and laughing. It was completely out of my comfort zone, and I wanted to leave immediately.
The instructor explained that laughter at first would be fake but eventually turns into real or genuine laughter. Although in the beginning, I felt awkward, I started seriously laughing when I looked at other people’s faces and heard their laughter.
As the weekend progressed, laughing became easier and I had broken through my resistance to remain serious. I completed the weekend workshop feeling lighter and happier and had gained the Certification of a Laughter Yoga Leader.
We can all learn to laugh, even during the darkest of times. Laughter doesn’t take away from the seriousness of hardships that we are experiencing, but it can actually help us to get through these stressful time and be a healthy positive coping skill.
Starting today, set an intention to laugh. It doesn’t matter if you laugh at silly things, laugh alone, or with laugh others. Just laugh!