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ARTHRITIS TODAY ~ Laughter & Arthritis
"Laugh Away Your Pain with Laughter Yoga"
By Genevieve Rajewski
March 16, 2010
"Where there's laughter, pain usually subsides. Studies have shown that laughing boosts your immune system, reduces stress and stimulates blood circulation."
"For people with chronic pain, laughter’s physiological benefits can serve as a powerful form of pain management, says Sebastien Gendry, director of the American School of Laughter Yoga in Pasadena, Calif. “When you laugh, you release endorphins. Those are feel-good hormones, as well as natural painkillers,” Gendry says."
"Janet Wilson, a registered nurse in Flagstaff, Ariz., who has fibromyalgia, became a certified laughter leader in 2005 after learning about the World Laughter Tour. Wilson now runs laughter clubs in Flagstaff. “I have had chronic pain for 12 years. I love leading laughter sessions because it elevates my mood and provides pain relief that lasts for about two hours,” she says."