10 reasons to consider laughter yoga in your New Year resolutions

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Will you be making a New Year’s resolution for 2016?

More importantly, will you see it through?

I was intrigued reading stats on New Year’s resolutions today: only 8% of people will actually be successful in seeing their resolution through! Mind you, 38% resolve not to make a resolution: is that not a resolution in itself?

The most popular New Year resolutions, according to Statistics Brain Research Institute, weren’t really surprising:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organised
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay/get fit and healthy
  6. Learn something new
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family.

As I mulled this over, it occurred that laughter  yoga is the key to achieving some—no, all! —of these resolutions. A big claim? Here’s how:

  1. Laughter does burn kilojoules. American research reveals those who laugh heartily burn 20% more kilojoules and that 10-15 minutes of laughter every day can burn 2.2 kilograms a year.
  2. Getting to a laughter yoga in the park session on time on a Saturday morning requires organisation. New Farm Park, where Brisbane Laughter Club meets, is very busy: you need to factor in finding a car park space!
  3. I love being a part of Brisbane Laughter Club’s laughter yoga in the park on Saturday mornings, surely the happiest and cheapest happy hour in Brisbane – asking just a gold coin donation for the session.
  4. Through laughter yoga, we learn to look at life in the ‘now’, we learn to put a positive spin on what life serves up and to be grateful. We live life to the full.
  5. Laugher yoga is a fun and proven exercise option. One of the first academics to scientifically study laughter, Stanford Unviersity’s Dr William Fry found that 1 minute of mirthful hearty laughter was equivalent to 10 minutes on a rowing machine.
  6. If you’ve never attended a laughter yoga session, coming along immediately ticks the ‘learn something new’ box. And those who do practise laughter yoga know that life is one wonderful journey of learning.
  7. Quit smoking? Um, it’s rude to smoke and laugh in someone’s face at the same time?
  8. Laughter clubs like Brisbane Laughter Club rely on certified laughter leaders who volunteer their time for community laughter yoga sessions. That’s helping others – and I love it!
  9. I cannot guarantee you’ll fall in love at a laughter yoga session however there is irrefutable scientific evidence that men and women find people who laugh more attractive.
  10. Spending time with family is something many of us want. It’s not always possible for a variety of reasons although a wise elder told me ‘family isn’t always blood: it’s those who love you as you are and are there for you no matter what’. This being the case, laughter yoga ticks the box again!

Seems to me you can’t go wrong in turning to laughter yoga for your New Year’s resolution success!!

Want to organise a workplace or community group laughter yoga session to inspire others to meet their New Year goals? Contact Heather Joy at The Happydemic: a special deal is offered until the end of January 2016.

(c) Heather Grant-Campbell aka Heather Joy

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  1. Felicity Jones on December 30, 2015 at 9:22 am said:

    What a wonderful thought that my intentions for 2016 can all be enhanced by laughter and guaranteed by scheduling in time each week to join the Laughter Club @ New Farm Park. Thanks Heather for the reminder x

    • Hi Felicity, I’ll look forward to seeing you at laughter yoga sessions — in the park or wherever! May 2016 realise your dream 🙂

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