Laugh Your Way to Happiness: The Science of Laughter for Total Well-Being

Laugh Your Way to Happiness: The Science of Laughter for Total Well-Being


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Lesley Lyle presents the surprising scientific evidence that reveals the importance of laughter for our mental and physical health, our prosperity, our relationships, our careers – in fact, every aspect of our lives. Drawing inspiration from Laughter Yoga, a movement founded in India by Dr Madan Kataria that uses laughter and breathing exercises to bring about amazing changes in the health and well-being of thousands of individuals, Lesley reveals:

The scientific evidence of laughter's beneficial effects on our health, including lowering blood pressure and improving concentration

The emotional aspects of laughter and how it can alleviate anxiety, stress and depression

The spiritual aspects of laughter and how it can help provide a sense of connection and wholeness

Throughout Lesley reveals how to bring more laughter into your daily life, including practising simple but fun exercises that will help you see opportunities for laughter in the most unexpected places. Laughter can be simulated as an exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. This is a book that will delight, as well as inform – most importantly, it will positively change your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780286747
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lesley Lyle works part-time as cabin crew for British Airways, is an NLP coach, a mentor for the Prince's Trust and is a clinical hypnotherapist. She founded Laughter Business to help people improve their physical health and psychological well-being through the power of laughter. Laughter Business provides laughter teaching, training, and coaching as well as offering workshops, trial sessions and special events for corporate businesses, healthcare providers, schools,
colleges and individuals.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 15

Chapter 1 Discovering the Power of Laughter 23

Chapter 2 The Science of Laughter 39

Chapter 3 The Spirit of Laughter 61

Chapter 4 Laughter at Home 97

Chapter 5 Rediscovering the Laughter of Children 125

Chapter 6 Laughter Games and Activities 143

Chapter 7 The Power of the Smile 163

Chapter 8 Stress-busting 185

Chapter 9 How to be Happy 211

Resources 235

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