“…God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” -Genesis 21:6 (NIV)
While recovering from a labral tear of my hip which required extensive surgery to repair, I experienced the powerful healing benefits of laughter. My friend invited me to join her laughter club and it was amazing!
Laughing freely, just for the health of it, reduced my experience of severe pain, overwhelming anxiety and debilitating depression. It helped me to improve my sleep – which is critical for healing – and feel more optimistic during my extended rehabilitation process.
I studied the clinically researched health benefits of laughter and the techniques for using laughter as an exercise with Sarito Sun, a pioneer and trailblazer in the global laughter movement for improving health.
After a six-month mentorship with Sarito, I became a Certified Laughologist and Laughter Teacher.
Now I encourage my patients to laugh with me. I share the joy of laughter with my patients and their families for the many health benefits I have experienced:
- Pain reduction
- Mood elevation
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Immune system support
- Stress reduction
- Overcoming social isolation
- Increasing resilience
I have been a presenter at the following global, national and regional conferences where I shared my personal healing journey and how I integrate laughter into my clinical practice as an exercise.
- World Laughter Summit online conference (August 2014)
- All America Laughter Yoga Conference (October 2014)
- Southern California Regional Laughter Conference (September 2015)
In part 2 of this blog post on Laughter, I will share with you a YouTube video that I made in order for us to laugh together for the health of it.
Don’t delay. Laugh with me for the health benefits!
Gratitude to my Teacher, Mentor and Friend:
Sarito Sun, Queen of Laughter, has been teaching and leading laughter groups for over 30 years. In 2003, Sarito brought the International Laughter Movement with Laughing Meditation and Laughter Yoga to San Diego County.
Sarito is “Laughologist” for the Chopra Center for Wellbeing at Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California. She has been teaching Laughing Meditation and Dancing Meditations at the Chopra Center for thirteen years.
Sarito Sun, Laughologist, Laughter Leader, Laughter Healer and Coach, has touched the lives of over 100,000 people.
She understands that laughter, joy, and fun are powerful ways to shower the world with health, harmony, peace, friendship and love. Sarito trains and mentors others to teach laughter and laughing meditation.
Sarito is known as a pioneer and trailblazer dedicated to teaching people to laugh freely and sharing love. Her emphasis is on laughter as a vital quality of celebration and happiness!
To reach Sarito directly or join her mailing list, please visit her website.
This blog is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that I might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.