What are laughter exercises?

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Laughter exercises are a form of yoga that uses laughter as a form of exercise to help reduce stress and anxiety, and improve disposition and mood.

 Some common laughter exercises include:

  • Cell Phone Laughter- Laugh while talking on an imaginary cell phone
  • Gradient Laughter – Start with a smile, then giggle, and gradually increase to a full belly laugh
  • Greeting Laughter- Greet everyone with a handshake and a laugh versus normal conversation
  • No Money Laughter- Laugh as you turn your empty pockets inside out.
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Laughter exercises are moves in laughter yoga designed to get you to behave like a child, get out of your head and laugh. They include:

  • Greeting laughter: Participants greet each other with a hearty laugh.
  • Gradient laughter: Participants smile together, then chuckle, then laugh harder until they peak in loud belly laughter; they reduce the process to end with everyone smiling.
  • Driving laughter: Participants laugh while pretending to drive a car.
  • Argument laughter: Participants laugh instead of yelling at each other in a mock argument.
  • Cell phone laughter: Participants "talk" by laughing into an imaginary cell phone.
  • Heart laughter: Participants hug or hold hands as they laugh together.

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