It helps to deal with minor irritations that come across our way in daily lives. Broken vending machines, traffic jams, rude teenagers, long queues in supermarket can cause major stress reactions. Learning to laugh alone helps to face these ‘free floating anxieties' in a much positive way.
It not only helps to communicate with others effectively but also creates a safe environment for others to connect with you and come closer. This goes a long way in achieving success in business, personal and social life.
Calcutta Laughter When The Mind Is In Turmoil
We have one such exercise called Calcutta laughter which is not exactly laughter but a series of chants of ho ho ha ha with intense hand movements. It is a very effective catharsis to release the emotional energy. It stimulates the diaphragm and activates the para- sympathetic nervous system, which is the opposite of stress arousal sympathetic system.
- Bring your hands in front of you chest with palms facing outwards
- Push your hands in a jerky manner, saying the syllables Ho Ho twice. This moves the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm.
- While pushing your hands downwards to the ground in a jerky manner say ha ha.
- Do ho ho ha ha aggressively moving your hands in different directions. Keep doing it intensely for one or two minutes and then take a few deep breaths and feel the relaxation.
- If the intensity of emotions is very high do it for five minutes with breathing breaks in between.
This is a very energizing exercise especially at times like appearing for an interview or any other anxious situation. This is also called laughter boosting.
Laughing Alone In The Bathroom
The bathroom provides for privacy and safety. You can be as funny as you want to and have no fear of anyone watching. Regular laughing while having a shower gets programmed into the body. The moment you turn the tap on, you will start laughing automatically. This is the benefit of repeating any activity and combining physical behavior and with it.
Walking And Laughing
While walking alone, you can find a safe place and laugh at the top of your voice and experience the feel of freedom.
Laughing In The Car
Laughing Alone exercises can be very effectively used during trying times on the road with traffic snarl-up and other daily irritants. Instead of losing patience you can laugh away these situations and change your feelings. You can do the ho ho ha ha exercise without any sound. It all depends upon your level of comfort as you might be aware of other people watching you laughing. You can also pick up your mobile phone and pretend to laugh for a few minutes.
Laugh At Your Own Self - Ha Ha Mantra
Laughing at your own self is not about degrading but is a gentle reminder that life is serious and we must take ourselves lightly in order to keep our spirits high.
Instead of laughing you can just say haaaaa haaaaa haaaaa a few times and it will make you feel good. It will change negative perspective of the situation. I always use this Ha ha mantra when I mess up something or drop food on my shirt or when something falls from my hands.
Ha Ha Mantra For Free Floating Hostilities
Our lives are flooded with innumerable situations that give rise to irritability and stress. We call them ‘free floating hostilities' as they are freely available everywhere. These infuriating situations bring a big change in your temperament and attitude.
The best substitute for these hostilities is Ha Ha Manta. Every time you find such a situation you will remember doing haaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaaa.. and it will protect you from getting into a bad mood.
Laughing With Household Chores
You can laugh while doing repetitive household chores like washing dishes, mopping floor, vacuum cleaning, hanging clothes, cleaning windows and many others. This is not a loud laughter but a gentle giggle which will help to change your perspective towards mundane chores and will make them less daunting.