Beautifully put, Sue Carter Ansari: "Laughter, an exaggerated form of breathing, whether deep or shallow, engages the diaphragm. Engaging the diaphragm also signals the parasympathetic nervous system to kick in, telling all systems to slow down. Cortisol, heart rate and blood pressure levels all fall. Additionally, engaging the diaphragm creates a negative pressure within the thorax which literally sucks in the lymph, creating a flow 10-15 times its normal rate of speed, which then significantly improves immunity by creating more T and C lymphocytes, etc, etc. It is all one beautiful domino effect."
The secret of happiness? Learning to love being stuck in a rut. Forget big life changes – it’s tiny tweaks that bring joy. To be happy now and for the rest of your life, you need to remove the classic blocks. You know the ones: ‘I will be happy when I get that pay rise. . . when I’ve got a washboard stomach . . . when I’ve climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.’ The best way is to write a list of simple pleasures that make you happy and cost little or nothing: a deep bubble bath; a tight hug; crawling under a fluffy duvet at the end of a long day; completing a difficult crossword; the smell of fresh coffee or woodsmoke; a great book; watering the plants on a summer’s evening…
Straight from the doctor, five tips for a long, healthy life: 1. Get enough sleep. 2. Move your body throughout the day. 3. Eat well — a healthy assortment of foods. Mostly plants, and not too much. 4. Interact socially. Isolation is not good for the body, soul or mind. 5. Take some time to reflect on what you are grateful for.
Wake Up Laughing – Joe Hoare outlines a five-step course in bringing joy into our lives.
The selfish side of gratitude. Practising gratitude shouldn’t be a self-congratulatory navel-gazing exercise that only makes you feel good: When you’re grateful for what you have, it’s also easier to connect with and contribute to society.
A regular guy’s guide to improving your life with simple mindfulness habits. A self-proclaimed “regular guy” experiments for two years to find behaviours and activities that would lead him to more happiness, productivity and motivation. In the end, he recommends five things. Why not give them a try? (Gratitude, Positive Affirmations, Thought Tracking, Behavior Tracking, Highlighting Wins.)
The way you sound affects your mood. Researchers have created a digital audio platform that can modify the emotional tone of people’s voices while they are talking, to make them sound happier, sadder or more fearful. New results show that while listening to their altered voices, participants’ emotional state change in accordance with the new emotion.
Sebastien Gendry is a speaker, trainer and consultant, expert in laughter for wellness and wellbeing. He played a major role in introducing Laughter Therapy in North America, Russia, Palestine and other countries, inspired the creation of 100s of Laughter Clubs worldwide, and is the creator of the Laughter Wellness method. He has been offering a variety of laughter programs every year on three to four continents for the past decade and continues to do so.