By engaging an intentional laughter
every day you will notice profound physical and mental health benefits.
Since it’s not always possible to laugh in a group it’s helpful to establish a
solo laughter practice. Here are some guidelines on how to laugh alone, or
engage in solo laughter. When engaging in the practice, consciously relax the jaw.
You can do that by blowing the lips and that relaxes the jaw. Every time you
laugh aloud open your mouth wider. This will enable the laughter to flow from
your belly. If your mouth is tightly closed laughter will come from the
throat or the upper chest. The goal is to have your laughter come from your lower
belly which will engage the diaphragm. Engaging the diaphragm stimulates the
parasympathetic branch of the nervous system and that will relax all metabolic
systems. Wear loose and comfortable clothes for breathing and laughter
exercises. Your trousers should be below the navel so as not to hinder abdominal
movements. Also avoid tight belts that restrict belly movement. Ideally you want
to laugh for 15 minutes a day doing this solo laughter practice. You can
intersperse deep breathing and short relaxation breaks. You can also begin
with just 10 minutes a day and gradually increase the duration. Laughing alone
should ideally be practice first thing every morning. Practicing in the morning
will help to have elevate your mood from the start and positively influence the
rest of your day. Here we’re gonna demonstrate some suggested solo laughter exercises. Feel free to improvise so that it works
for you. If you’re laughing heartily and feeling good you’re doing it right! This
first one is called Calcutta Laughter. Feel free to laugh along with me it goes
like this: Ho Ho, Ha Ha! Ho Ho, Ha Ha! Ho Ho, Ha Ha! Ho Ho, Ha Ha! You can even break and repeat
taking a breath and sighing out before continuing another round.
This second solo laughter exercise is the “Very Good, Very Good, Yay!” chant. This playful chant naturally brings about laughter. Let’s do that together. It goes
like this: Very Good, Very Good Yay and Very Good, Very Good, Yay! Another great tool is “Gibberish Talk,” or a language that doesn’t make sense to
anybody. In this gibberish talk exercise feel free to talk very fast and use hand motions.
I’ll show you how it goes! [Gibberish sounds] You can also make laughter sounds. These could be anything! Ha Ha, Hee Hee, Ha Ha Ha Hee Hee! Remember your body doesn’t know the
difference between laughing on purpose and just making laughing sounds! You can also try Vowel Elongation. What you do is you make each vowel sound as you move
the hands up and then laugh on the way down. Let’s try that with “A.” It goes like
this: [Elongated Vowel Sounds with Laughter] And so on and so forth through all the vowels. You can even do “Y” and question “Why am I laughing?” Another great tool is the
“Ha Ha Ha Mantra.” How it works as you go like this: Take a deep breath
breath in and Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha and just let your laughter flow. This is also
great for those little upsets in life like, “Oh I can’t find my glasses – Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.
You can also feel free to use any of the laughter exercises that you’ve learned
in this module. Pick your favorites I love “Aloha Laughter!” Let me show you how
that works: You elongate the “Alo” sound moving up and then come down with a
laughing Ha Ha Ha. Let’s do that together. Breathe in
[Aaaaaaalooooooooooo HA Ha Ha!] If you’re in your bed you could even try
laughing into your pillow. It feels great! Another great tool is “Cell Phone
Laughter.” Just pick up an imaginary phone and just laugh at what you hear. Ready? Go! Very nice! Also I love “Shy Laughter” where you pretend like you a little shy and just laugh along. Pick your favorites all of these are
wonderful tools with the goal of helping you laugh more alone and be healthier
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