Magical Qualities of Laughter You Didn't Know About

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how much time we spend feeling connected, happy and generally smiling. And that got me thinking about laughter. When was the last time you laughed until your belly ached. Or had a smile as wide as the moon or felt like you were glowing inside?

A year and a half ago, I trained as a laughter yoga instructor and I couldn't put my finger on exactly why at the time. I just knew I needed to do it - I felt called to do it, for no particular reason, and just went for it. Looking back now I can see that I really needed to release some stuff and just put things into perspective and have a good laugh.

So today, I'm sharing three great things about laughter that you probably didn't know, and focus the 3 intention setting questions around giving yourself that feeling of laughing until you're going to burst, or just feeling so full and loved.

1. Your body cannot tell the difference between real laughter and fake laughter.

Yep, as odd as that is, you heard it right. Laughter yoga is based around this principle and the fact that laughter gives you so many health benefits. So, as strange as it might sound, it you force yourself to laugh for twenty seconds, you're going to start feeling it! Go on, what are you waiting for?

2. Laughter has SO many health benefits and is definitely better than any cleanse

Move over juicing, laughter is so much more fun and fulfilling. Not only does it boost your immune system, but it does so much to help your breathing, help the oxygen pump around in your body (can you tell science isn't my strong suit?!) and it's generally FANTASTIC for your mental health

3. Laughter is one of the best tools to have in your resiliency toolkit

Not only does it have all of those amazing health benefits, but it is also SO helpful for dealing with so much of life. Laughter helps you connect with others, find a way to deal with tough decisions and situations and just generally helps you to bounce back and keep inspired.

And the next best thing? Laughter is FREE. There are so many things you can do this week to make you laugh, but for now, I'll leave you with this laughter challenge!