Shared health benefits of singing and laughing

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I’ve written before how the choice of music we listen to can influence our moods, fuelling our anger, energising us or adding to weepiness.

I love singing almost as much as I love laughter yoga (only I’m tone deaf and laughter yoga is forgiving of that!).

Invariably in my laughter yoga sessions, there’s a little playful singing.

And here’s why: singing and laughter yoga have complementary benefits. They are both good for your health.

Some of the common wellness benefits of laughter yoga and singing include:

  • increasing oxygen through deep breaths
  • improving muscle tone of face, throat, jaw, neck and abdomen
  • calming negative mental chatter.

And there’s more! Laughter yoga and singing both:

  • boost the immune system
  • trigger the release of the body’s feel-good chemicals
  • help keep blood pressure in check.

Both laughter yoga and singing are wonderful stress management aids.

When we focus on laughing for laughing’s sake – or singing for singing’s sake – we stop dwelling on the stuff of life that can cause us to feel anxious, sad or angry.

Forget what the kids say about being embarrassing when you laugh or sing: do it for your own health. Often!

Find a community laughter club near you—laughter yoga is practised in 60 countries—or contact Heather Joy to discuss a laughter yoga session at your workplace, aged care facility, community group or conference.

(c) Heather Grant-Campbell aka Heather Joy

 

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