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You’re having a laugh!


Now sometimes we don't feel very much like laughing, sometimes we don't have very much to laugh about.

However, research has shown, our bodies can't really tell the difference between a real laugh and a fake one, so it responds in the same way, it relieves tension and releases feel good hormones; also known as endorphins.

There are even suggestions laughing can help strengthen the immune system so with winter on the way why don't we give it a go……….

If you think about it, it does make sense.

When we are anxious, our body and mind doesn't know if the threat is real or imagined so responds as if its real. I think most of us will recognise the feelings of anxiety when we worry about the 'What if's' So using the same logic but in a different way, maybe if we laugh; even when we don't feel like it, we may actually start to feel better.

This is better experienced than read about, so we have put together a wee video.

We want to thank Kathleen who is a trained laughter yoga teacher for putting together the audio for the video. So when you have time why not have a wee watch, try some of the exercises suggested and remember also to relax after having a good laugh, the wee 3minute relaxer may just do the trick.

'I never would have made it if I could not have laughed. It lifted me momentarily out of this horrible situation, just enough to make it liveable

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