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By Pragito Dove for

We all like a good laugh, don’t we? It releases stress, puts us in a good mood, and generally makes us feel better about life.

Were you taught in your childhood,as I was, to put a lid on your laughter and keep it down? I remember giggling in church, at school, on solemn occasions and getting frowned at by adults. This often made me laugh even more, as I tried to stuff down the irrepressible gales of guffaws welling up from deep inside me. Or maybe there wasn’t much to laugh about in your childhood. Whatever the case, laughter has many dimensions of benefits for us, and I want to share them with you now. I have been practicing Laughter Meditation for over twenty-five years. My life has transformed, and the same can happen for you.

Laughter is good for us in every way: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Among its many benefits:

1. Laughter stimulates physical healing

Scientific research has now proven that laughter does indeed, improve our health and well-being. If you can laugh when you are stressed, anxious, worried, even if you are ill, you feel better sooner. Laughter lowers blood pressure, boosts immune function, decreases stress hormones, relaxes muscles, assists in pain reduction (you can “forget” about the pain for a few moments),and is good cardiac exercise. Laughter brings energy from within you to heal, soothe, and inspire.

2. Laughter enhances our creativity

What I have noticed after numerous episodes of laughter is that as our energetic systems open up we are flooded with more creative energy. As old conditionings are released the unconscious opens and insights come. The relaxation of body and mind provides a gateway for creativity to come forward into expression.

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