I saw an article on Science Daily about a new form of yoga called “laughter yoga”. It seems that people laugh continuously for 30 minutes. Apparently there’s a growing trend in the US and India for this type of yoga. This is a bit more involved than telling joke stories that I’ve written about before.
It is reported that “children laugh 400 times a day and adults only laugh 15 times a day”. Clearly children don’t have a very sophisticated sense of humour and laugh at anything. They never act their age. plus their joke stories are never very good:
“What’s brown and sticky? A stick.”Taxi for the six-year old.
Anyways, it is reported that laughter yoga, also known as hasya yoga, has various health benefits:
Help to reduce stress
Enhance the immune system
Strengthen cardiovascular functions
Oxygenate the body by boosting the respiratory system
Help with digestion and constipation
Not quite sure about laughter helping me to poop, personally I find fibre to be much more effective. Although, I never really considered fibre to be that funny.
I also can’t quite imagine Arnold Schwartzenegger building up his body through laughter alone, otherwise I’d be a contender for the Mr. Universe title. Somehow I can’t imagine Arnie being good with a joke story.
Interestingly Barb Fisher, a certified laughter yoga leader, says that “studies have shown that 20 seconds of a good, hard belly laugh is worth three minutes on the rowing machine.”
Using that information, as a speaking professional if I am able to maintain a Positive Audience Response (PAR) score of 15, that’s 45 seconds of laughter for each 5 minutes of presenting. That means the laughter in that 5 minutes would be equivalent to six minutes on a rowing machine.
If that level of laughter is maintained for, say a 30 minute presentation that would be the equivalent to 180 minutes on a rowing machine, or 3 hours.
Personally, I prefer being entertained by a comedian or humorist than stood in a room with a bunch of strangers faking laughter. Also, I have to admit my fiancée makes me laugh harder than a lot of comedians do these days.
That said, I wouldn’t recommend substituting an aerobic exercise regime for visiting comedy clubs. However, it wouldn’t do any harm to inject a little more humour into our lives. Even if it’s just cracking a few joke stories.
Seeing as I am planning on emigrating to the US at some point this year, I might try and seek out a laughter yoga workshop and report back more thoroughly.
If you’re looking to add a little more humour into your workplace, check out this previous article that I writted on the subject. If you’re a regular reader then you would’ve seen my previous articles about adding humour to speeches. Check out a this previous article on funny presentations here.