Kiwis Laughing For Good Health

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:50:46Back

More and more Kiwis are turning to the organized merriment of Laughter Yoga to reduce the strains of daily life. They have realized that combining deep breathing with laughter exercises is the ideal way to work up for good health and complete well being.

There are more than 20 Laughter Clubs across the country, from Northland to Invercargill.

Clinical psychologist Malcolm Robertson brought the practice to New Zealand after training with Dr Kataria eight years ago. He says at first he was skeptical, but soon discovered the health benefits of a good laugh. "It triggers a part of our nervous system which releases endorphins or pain-killing hormones and neurotransmitters, and they make us feel good," says Mr. Robertson. “Not only that – it also dissolve stress hormones,” he added.

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