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A series of clock faces floating through a bright sky illustrate time flies.

‘Where has the year gone?’

‘Who stole the hours?’

‘Time has just flown by.’

I’m hearing statements like this every day as we hurtle towards Christmas and the end of 2015. Admittedly, I’ve wondered too where the year has gone. We all seem so busy and yet we have labour-saving devices that generations before didn’t have, and we have the same number of hours in the day.

What’s going on?

James Cook University psychology lecturer Dr Aoife McLoughlin has a theory. Her research indicates that interacting with technology, and living in such a technocentric society, has increased a kind of pacemaker within us. As the pace of life increases, we feel our available time decreases and we feel more pressured by time.

While more research is needed on the overall effect of a ‘sped up’ brain, it’s already known that stress has links to heart disease, and depression too.

Could Dr McLoughlin’s research be the scientific evidence we need to stop and smell the roses?

But how do we stop? We need our techno gadgets, don’t we? Perhaps it’s a matter of balance, of learning some techniques to be in the moment.

Laughter yoga incorporates yoga breathing exercises — pranayama — deep cleansing breaths that instil a sense of calmness and focus.

Laughter yoga sessions sometimes incorporate laughter meditation too.

Laughter yoga clubs like the Brisbane Laughter Club operate all over the world, with volunteer certified laughter yoga leaders (The Happydemic’s Heather Joy among them) running free or gold coin donation only sessions for the general public, on a drop-by basis.

Businesses, community groups, schools, health and aged care facilities increasingly are hiring certified laughter yoga leaders to run laughter yoga sessions as part of their wellness programs.

2015 is almost gone. As the last days roll out, take some deep centring breaths and observe what’s happening around you. Truly live these last days of 2015 and take a mindful approach into 2016.

(c) Heather Grant-Campbell aka Heather Joy

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Comments

  1. Christine Cormack on December 16, 2015 at 10:03 am said:

    Thanks for this great reminder Heather. Too many of us are

    mice on hamster wheels, plodding on and on, not stopping to consider why!

  2. I thought of what you had written today when I went to the local supermarket and every one seemed to be in high gear, all except one little girl who was trying to get her Mum to look at the big display of flowers, she stayed in front of the display until her Mum realising she wasn’t following her turned back and grabbed her hand. I didn’t hear what the girl said to her Mum, but the woman smiled and knelt down with the girl to smell the flowers. A moment of peace in the hurly burly of Christmas preparations. Smile… …be happy…

    • Thank you Felicity. I wonder if the mother realises how fortunate she is to have such a grounding influence 🙂

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