As kids, we’ve all had those crazy laughter sessions with no reason or intention. Remember that spurt of careless giggles turning in to a monsterous, unstoppable laughter volcano? If you don’t feel the nostalgia yet, then wait till you find out what happened at Trunkoz on 27th March, 2014!
There was a sense of suspicion floating around in the office premises when all the Trunkozians were requested to gather in the lobby area. (Generally the meetings and activities would take place in the Board Room or the Watchtower, don’t they!?). This seemed a bit odd. So when one of our team mates, Bhavya, started to talk about laughter and it’s benefits for physical and mental health, people shuffled in their places wondering whether this was going to be another lecture session with stats and real life examples. Little did they know that they were in for 30 minutes of a roller-coaster ride, the one that does not stop mid-way! After an initial round of introduction to the concept of ‘Laughter Yoga’, Bhavya went on to conduct a few activities and taught a few breathing exercises. What followed was, to everyone’s surprise, 30 minutes of euphoria and how! From people who were shy and hesitant to people who laughed their lungs out right from the beginning, we had’em all! All in all, a session that was a complete tear-jerker.
We often hear doctors saying that ‘Laughter’ is the best medicine. But after experiencing this insightful yet entertaining! session, we were bound to believe the same. Laughter is a very powerful antidote to stress and pain. It helps in anger-management, digestion, diabetes, reduces fear and anxiety. For those working professionals, who think that this might be irrelevant, laughter not just reduces stress and keeps us fit but also helps in bettering our performance by increasing our attention span. It helps to stay self-motivated and thus helps in being a good performer. It lightens your burden, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.
With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for overcoming problems, strengthening your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. So for once, let’s find some time to laugh. Watch your favourite episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S or ‘The Big Bang Theory’ or ‘Comedy Nights With kapil’. Try attending a few stand-up comedy performances or join a laughter theatre, whatever suits you the best. Let’s laugh a little more guys! Afterall, it costs nothing.