Laughter really is the best medicine.
Research has been proving over and over that laughter promotes improved mood, increased cognitive performance, deeper breathing and more efficient oxygen uptake.
Laughter immediately raises our sense of well-being and increases “happy hormones” in the body. Did you know that when you fake a laugh, your body doesn’t know the difference and will produce the same feel-good chemicals as if you were sincerely laughing?
Laughter yoga was created by Dr. Madan Kateria, a world-renowned cardiologist. Our co-founder and the director of The Exclusive, Joyce Marvel-Benoist, trained directly with Dr. Kateria and has trained other leaders to facilitate laughter yoga.
Looks a little silly really, but who can argue with a fun way to cultivate childlike enthusiastic and relieve depression and anxiety?
After participating in only one or two laughter yoga sessions, clinically depressed people surprise themselves by giggling at jokes. Students studying for tests score higher when doing laughter exercises before going in to exams. Business executives create better communication when they laugh wholeheartedly before meetings.
What’s this have to do with healing addiction?
Numbing the pain of depression, shame, fear and a wildly out of control critical voices in one’s own head—-that’s why we drink, drug, overdo whatever we overdo.
So laughter yoga to curb that depression and anxiety? It’s fun and not harmful and builds a wonderful lifetime habit that improves work, play and family. Cool.
At The Exclusive we combine laughter yoga with brain gym exercises and sometimes even with neural tapping such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Stimulating happy hormones and brain activity helps people heal underlying issues that have led to addiction.