At Agent, we’re all about health and wellbeing.
We have a fleet of bikes that everyone is free to use, a weekly in-house yoga class and, to top it all off, a free massage for absolutely everyone once a month. But this month, we wanted to try something new…
On Monday morning, we had the pleasure of experiencing laughter yoga. Let’s face it: Monday morning gloom affects everyone, and we felt like it was time we did something about that. So not only did we get a laughter yoga instructor into HQ to give a class to everyone, we also invited friends and clients to come along and join the Monday Morning fun.
Some of the team were a bit skeptical about laughter yoga (to say the least). No one knew how it was going to pan out, or what to expect.
Yet, despite a somewhat awkward beginning, we were all surprised at how much fun we had. Laughing really is a stress reliever.
One exercise we did was to tell everyone about a negative experience we had in the last week, and then laugh about it afterwards. It turns out that turning things that are negative into something you can laugh about is an uplifting way to get some perspective on your problems.
And it really is true what they say, laughing is contagious! It is also a good exercise and releases happy endorphins.
So, here’s a few reasons why you ought to try making yourself laugh some time (preferably in a group, for maximum effect).
Laughing Burns Calories.
Laughing raises both your energy expenditure and heart rate by about 10 percent to 20 percent. This means you could burn about 10-40 calories by laughing for 10 to 15 minutes. Laughing brings more oxygen to the body, resulting in higher levels of energy and an increased ability to relax.
Laughing Is Good for Your Relationships.
Research shows that couples/friends/family who use laughter and smile when discussing a touchy subject feel better immediately. It alleviates tension during potentially stressful situations.
Laughter Enhances Immunity, Improves Sleep.
Research has shown laughter may reduce stress hormones and boost your immune function while also inducing optimistic feelings. Laughter has demonstrated a wealth of physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, and quality-of-life benefits.
It feels good!
Children laugh easily and often over silly things, but as adults we may forget to make room for laughter in our daily lives. If you can, incorporate laughter into your daily routine by finding what makes you laugh. Remember that you’re more likely to laugh in the company of others, so try to find the humour in life when you’re spending time with friends, family, and colleagues. Laughter is a creative exercise, and with childlike playfulness our laughter becomes spontaneous and contagious!
Some experts even recommend everyone get 15 to 20 minutes of laughter a day, much like you should exercise regularly and eat your vegetables. If you haven’t had your daily dose of laughter yet, give it a go!