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from Jilly Jesson Smyth

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Laugh Out Loud!

Ha, Ha, Ho, Ho, Ho!

"Laughter gives you the freedom to create."
Dr. Madan Kataria

Watch: Laughter and Painting Creates Powerful Art

Laugh Your Buts Off!

You can remove structured blocks from the left brain that stop growth in all areas of life with Laughter Yoga, celebrated today on World laughter Day. 

I was introduced to LY many years ago at the same time I met Dr.'s Deepak Chopra and Andrew Weil at a collaborative talk about Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 

Then, as I began my life "re-start" to heal from a lifetime of chronic illness, I began my path of learning the ancient secrets of yoga, Ayurvedic well-being, laughter yoga and meditation. 

One of my passions is guiding people to change their lives to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. As I worked with the Go Red 4 Women event for the American Heart Association, I was introduced to Gulshan K. Sethi, MD who also presented a workshop on laughter yoga and healing from cardiac events at Tucson Medical Center. 

As a result I now teach this transforming practice and implement it in the art of business and lifestyle well-being.

A few snapshots of our Laughter Yoga classes in Tucson
 and at TMC's
The Core Fitness Center with Dr. Gulshan Sethi
Did you know that World Laughter Day is May 7, 2017 and was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria? 

The "founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement, Dr. Kataria, a family doctor in India, was inspired to start the Laughter Yoga movement in part by the facial feedback hypothesis, which postulates that a person's facial expressions can have an effect on their emotions. The celebration of World Laughter Day is a positive manifestation for world peace and is intended to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter. It is most often celebrated by gatherings of people in public places with the sole purpose of laughing.Its popularity has grown exponentially with that of the Laughter Yoga movement now counting thousands of Laughter Clubs in more than 105 countries."
- wikipedia

The science of laughter, combined with hand clapping (pressure points) and the feelings of mindfulness, passion and joyful emotions that are released make you feel really good! Laughter with friends, by yourself, real or faked can all work and 

"trigger an increase in endorphins, the brain chemicals known for their feel-good effect."
- New York Times
Laughter Yoga with Friends at The Chopra Center, Carlsbad, CA 

"Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain." - Charlie Chaplin

It is interesting that many of Charlie Chaplin's difficulties and successes that resulted are a reflection of our current political environment:

"In 1959, federal officials hoped to entrap Chaplin at an immigration office with a question about a girlfriend’s abortion—he’d have been forced either to admit it, rendering himself “mandatorily excludable,” or to perjure himself."

The Laughter Prescription is also what Norman Cousins in his groundbreaking book "Anatomy of an Illness" say's healed him from a devastating, life threatening illness 37 years ago.  

‘A clown is like an aspirin, only he works twice as fast.’ - Groucho Marx

is the founder of the Gesundheit community, the doctor who's story House Calls was made into a blockbuster movie you must see starring Robin Williams. His work continues to save lives and proves the experience of illness and trauma can be turned around with laughter and love. 

Whatever you do today, stop from the whirlwind of news and responsibilities and laugh! 

10 Ways to Feel Joy:

  1. Stock up on funny movies and watch them with friends
  2. Enjoy your favorite comedy show without multitasking
  3. Play with your kids outside with no phones
  4. Learn Laughter Yoga, it is easy! 
  5. Enjoy your pets with no TV
  6. Go dancing, any kind you like
  7. Stay away from people who are toxic...UGH!
  8. Laugh at yourself
  9. Paint, sing, play music and twirl
  10. Say yes to fun, the dishes can wait...
Laughter is the best thing worth catching!
XO Jilly

PS: During your prayers and meditations, please send a heartfelt smile of care and love to all you know who are in harms way, grieving or suffering in any shape or form. Veterans of war to babies in need of loving parents, love and laughter is the only answer to universal healing.