This feels like an odd question, but how did you get involved in “laughter” professionally?
I first started offering a workshop that I call "The Healing Power of HA!" at a few small yoga and music festivals in California, it was an adaptation of my personal practice. As it goes, the more I taught, the more I learned and I truly started to understand the profound benefits of laughter. I began working one on one with people using laughter to clear emotional stagnation, reprogram stress triggers, alleviate anxiety, and cultivate trust in relationships. It's my dream job because I get all the same benefits as the group or individual I am guiding.
How does laughter function in the human body and mind? What makes laughter good for a wellness practice?
Laughter is the evolution of the breath that comes after rough and tumble play. It is an inherently social phenomenon that reduces stress while increasing production of hormones like oxytocin, dopamine, and seratonin. Laughter stimulates the brain into a positive state, which helps clear the mind and allows you more focus. Laughter helps change your perspective. Laughing, especially when you’re having a tough time, creates psychological distance and can slow the momentum of overwhelm, frustration, or disappointment. On the physical side of things, laughter has been shown to lower blood pressure, increase immune response, lower blood sugar, and reduce pain, not to mention the cardio and core workout that come with extended periods of big, full belly laughs.