“I’ve only been practicing Laughter Yoga for several weeks and I’m already noticing positive changes in my inner responses to stressful situations.
The other day I was backing out of a parking spot when somebody backed into my car. My first response was frustration and annoyance bordering on anger. As I got out of the car I felt a change taking place in myself. I started to relax, took a deep breath and starting laughing quietly inside myself.
By the time the other driver and I got to the back of the cars to see what damage was done, I felt open and calm. Very much the same way I feel after a Laughter class.
We stood there and watched a big dent in her car bumper slowly pop out leaving no signs of damage. I looked at the woman and saw that she was near to tears. I mentioned that she looked quite distraught and asked if a hug might help. I opened my arms, she said that she was having a terrible day and accepted the hug.
We held each other in a gentle moment that felt very healing. She thanked me for being kind and caring and left feeling a lot better.
I drove away from that accident felling content in myself for acting in a supportive manner at a time when anger could have easily been my reaction of choice.
I still laugh inside and feel good inside when I think of it.” –Paul, Laughter Yoga participant at Esquimalt Recreation Centre. July 2009.