12-year-old Zak posed the question, ‘Mummy, why did you get cancer?’ nine weeks and two days after my operation.
Laughter yoga is a unique exercise routine that combines simulated laughter exercises with yogic breathing (pranayama), and clapping. It is an ideal activity to conduct with older people with its many associated physical, emotional and social health benefits. It is a great way to enhance oxygen levels in the body, which helps energize the body, and, with the release of endorphins, helps elevate mood and fight depression. Even though the laughter initially begins as a simulated exercise, as long as people choose to laugh with the right intention, the body cannot differentiate between real and fake laughter.
Close your eyes. Imagine walking into a room filled with people you love all smiling at you. How does that make you feel? The humble smile is an amazing thing. It not only enriches your wellbeing, but also that of others. It’s free, but is sometimes the most meaningful gift we can give. Even if only for a brief moment, a smile projected from one face to another, lifts spirits and orients your whole self to a more positive mindset. Dishing out smiles is one of the simplest and effective ways to reap greater enjoyment from life.