According to the Australian Journal on Ageing, Laughter Yoga has been around since 1995. It involves unconditional laughter with Yoga breathing.A 6-week Laughter Yoga programme was implemented at three Australian aged care facilities with twenty-eight residents. A pre–post design was used to measure positive and negative affect, happiness, blood pressure and pulse.

Post-session mean scores for positive mood, and happiness were significantly higher than pre-session scores in weeks 1, 3 and 6, and the post-session mean negative mood scores were significantly lower than pre-session scores in weeks 3 and 6. Post-session readings for mean systolic blood pressure were significantly lower than pre-session readings in weeks 1 and 6.And if you’re sceptical about these results, there’s certainly no harm in giving it a go at your rest home or retirement village. It’s bound to bring a giggle or two!
 

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