My life is full of problems and terrible things have happened to me. I'm not happy so how can I laugh?

How you feel is a personal choice and you can change it. Laughter Yoga exercises can change your feelings and mood within minutes. With practice, you will be able to change your outlook and become more positive.

You can laugh in the laughter club even if you are not happy and going through problems. Laughter Yoga is not about happiness, it is all about creating joy within you by using laughing and breathing exercises.

Happiness is a conditional response and depends upon fulfillment of desires and external conditions, while joyfulness is the unconditional commitment to be happy from within.

When we approach laughter as a physical exercise, it brings physiological and biochemical changes due to release certain hormones that makes you feel good. Once you feel good within, your state of mind will change which will further change the perception of the outer world. You will see your problems differently.

These exercises are silly and ridiculous and I feel embarrassed?

The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on cultivating your childlike playfulness. Physical playfulness leads to a playful mental attitude.

As adults we become serious and don't indulge in childlike play. Therefore, initially, you may feel awkward doing these exercises and may find them silly, but as you get over your inhibition and shyness you will experience joy and relaxation. Laughter Yoga exercises are practiced in a group with like-minded people who believe in being joyful and playful. This supportive group will help you feel very safe.

How Can I Laugh When I am Sad or Not in a Good Mood?

You don't have to depend upon your mood to take action. You can change your mood at will. This can be explained by the theory that motion creates emotion. If you observe sad and depressed people - they walk and talk slowly and their body movements are slower. Whatever happens to your mind happens to your body. Your mind and body are connected. If you are experiencing sadness, try to keep your body active, by doing some exercises or engage yourself in some physical work. Soon you will experience changes in your state of mind.

Laughter Club Info

Laughter Yoga at Lafreniere Park, 3rd Saturday of the month, at 9:00 AM. Enter from Downs Boulevard and go to the left. Park on first lot on the right, cross the road, and the club will be in that area. Bring a towel/mat/blanket and a bottle of water. Come laugh for a healthier you. Questions?

Call Judy at 504 466-4733, jnewman85@cox.net.

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