Laughter, the Newsletter Sep. 6, 2010

Laughter: The Newsletter

Sep 6, 2010

News:

Quotes: Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. ~ Albert Schweitzer

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“I live by this credo: Have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough.” Red Skelton 1913-1997, Comedian

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The “New Year” has begun. Always feels as if Labour Day is the beginning of a new year. With the change in weather today…even more so.

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First, check out the excellent article in Senior Living Magazine this month. On your newsstands and at this link:

http://www.seniorlivingmag.com/article?articleid=2185

Many thanks to Greg Van Dyke for superb reporting.

And Gene Furbee made the cover…what a great shot of his ebullient smile. J

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Fall Laughter Schedule

◊ Mondays, starting Sept 13, Gene Furbee moves his popular class to West Side Yoga Studio at #103-1249 Esquimalt Rd 10:30 am to 11:30am. $5 recommended drop in donation.

◊ Wednesdays 7-8pm at Esquimalt Rec Centre. April Davidson leading. $5 drop in and session subscription also available. Check at the desk. Starts Sept 8.

◊ Saturdays 10-11am, Matti will lead at Esquimalt Rec Centre. $5 drop in…just show up, no reservation needed.  Start Sept 11.

◊ Saturdays 11am to noon in Colwood. Phone Miho Lindley for details at 250.391.1117. Sept 11 start.

ARTICLES

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

http://losethatstress.inhappiness.org/2010/08/17/is-laughter-really-the-best-medicine/

FILM  of a LAUGHTER YOGA SESSION IN MANCHESTERS : Manchester Laughter on Youtube Film made by Masters students at Manchester University

Links:

Humourous/Informational Sites to look at on the Internet

Wisecrack your way to enhanced intelligence and happiness

http://www.wilywalnut.com/wisecrack.html

Brain Humour

http://brainaerobicsweekly.blogspot.com/2008/09/brain-humor.html

Your Brain on Humour

http://mindblog.dericbownds.net/2006/10/your-brain-on-humoran-fmri-study.html

Mechanism and Function of Humour http://www.physorg.com/news133783972.html

Humour…….tickles brain’s reward centre.

http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2003/december10/laughter.html

Science Central:  Humour and Brains

http://www.sciencentral.com/articles/view.php3?type=article&article_id=218392154

Exercise, Humour, Music and the Brain:  The Postive Effects of These Three Things on Mental Health

https://knol.google.com/k/kevin-spaulding/exercise-humor-music-and-the-brain/3smazt4fj02nv/19#

Neuroscience for Kids:  Brain Jokes

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/jokes.html

Expect Brain Benefits from Humour

http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/mita-approaches/expect/expect-brain-benefits-from-humor/

‘Comedy brain cell’ that responds to humour found–

http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/mita-approaches/expect/expect-brain-benefits-from-humor/

The Biology of Humour

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1185972.stm

Scientists find Sense of Humour

http://www.wireheading.com/intracran/humourcentre.html

UK’s Best Satire

http://www.deadbrain.co.uk/

Introduction to Neuroplasticity (apparently our brains do not know the difference between a positive thought and a negative one)

http://www.memoryzine.com/neuroplasticity.htm and

http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/natureofthings/2008/brainchangesitself/ (marvellous and so is the book!)

http://www.laughteryoga.org/

http://www.laughteryogaamerica.com/

Email for more info: victorialaughteryogaclub@gmail.com

Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher
Victoria Laughter Yoga Clubs
Laughter Yoga is the unique concept that we can laugh for no reason at all.
* Laughter exercises send endorphins (feel good hormones) to the brain.
* Yoga breathing: more oxygen to brain and body equals:
* Feeling healthier and more energetic.
* Sessions are led by a certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
* Non-profit, non-religious, non-political
Email victorialaughteryogaclub@gmail.com for more info
110-174 Wilson Street Victoria, BC, Canada V9A 7N7
250-477-8608 To be removed from future mailings, reply to this email with REMOVE the subject field.

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About Victoria Laughter Yoga Club

Victoria Laughter Yoga Club is affiliated with Dr. Madan Kataria's School of Laughter Yoga. We laugh: Just ‘cause: ☺It feels good ☺Fights cancer* ☺Conquers stress ☺Improves circulation ☺Smooths out wrinkles ☺Is efficient exercise** ☺Slows the aging process ☺Boosts immunity(fight colds) ☺Oxygen to brain=clear thinking * Dr. Otto Warburg, President, Institute of Cell Physiology, Nobel Prize Winner (twice) says: “Deep breathing techniques increase oxygen to the cells and are the most important factors in living a disease-free and energetic life. When cells get enough oxygen, cancer will not and cannot occur.” (My bolding) **Dr. W. Fry states that 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes or rowing or jogging.(Journal of General Psychology, 1938) Laughter Yoga goes beyond just laughter. Founder Dr. Madan Kataria has developed techniques to stimulate childlike playfulness, to adjust the aerobic and stretching component, and to promote emotional flow and release. Laughter Yoga can improve your physical health, release negative thoughts and emotions and get in touch with your spiritual nature. It helps us to develop an attitude of forgiveness, generosity, compassion and helpfulness while actively seeking the happiness of others. Combined, these principles can provide a powerful life-changing experience that we call the inner spirit of laughter. Laughter Yoga Clubs are non-political, non-religious, non-profit. There are a number of clubs in the Victoria area. Email for more info and current schedule:
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