Archives for June 2012

Volunteering Can Boost Physical and Mental Health

People in general are happier and healthier and may even live a little longer, when they’re contributing” to their community or an organization they are passionate about, said study author, Stephen G. Post, PhD.  He is director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York.

“The research on the benefits of giving is extremely powerful, to the point that suggests health care professionals should consider recommending such activities to patients.”  “Just by taking a vacation from your stress and problems and turning your attention to helping someone else, is a tremendously healthy thing,” said Post.

The report is the fifth annual article in which Post examines the most recent research on the health impact of altruism (www.ijpcm.org/index.php/IJPCM/article/view/154)

About Laughter Yoga: Laughter for Wellness

Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary new technology whereby anyone can laugh, without the need for comedy, jokes, or humor.  Yogic breathing is integrated with laughter as a form of exercise; the resultant practice delivers numerous health benefits.

Laughter Yoga was created by Dr. Madan Kataria (a physician from India) in collaboration with his wife Madhuri (a yoga teacher) in 1995.

Laughing feels great, and it is good for your health:  laughter can enhance the immune system, undo many of the negative effects of stress and improve cardiovascular health.

Frequently-reported benefits include relief of depression and anxiety, and better resistance to disease.  Participants live life more joyfully, and find themselves better able to cope with whatever stresses life may bring them.  About Laughter Yoga.