Uncontested divorce is rated as one of the most traumatic events that a person can experience in their lifetime, whether you live in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or anywhere in Pennsylvania. With more research on the trauma of divorce appearing before the public many are starting to look for different ways to heal. One of the funniest ways, pun intended, is to laugh.
You might be saying at this moment that your divorce is no laughing matter. Sure, divorce can feel overwhelming and down right devastating, but try to start thinking about how you want to start seeing the glass half-full instead of half-empty.
How many times have you laughed just because someone else is laughing, it's contagious. Not only can you feel a sense of stress relief after laughing but there are other documented benefits on the power of laughter:
- reduces pain;
- boosts your immune system;
- lowers blood pressure;
- can relax your body for up to forty-five minutes;
- bring a person greater happiness;
- improves creativity and memory;
- reduces the level of stress hormones in the body;
- change in perception may be possible. The impossible may seem possible;
- wonderful workout for your diaphragm; and
- connects you with others, just like a smile.
In 1995 Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian physician, launched a laughter club incorporating principles of laughter yoga. The sensation has grown from a handful of people to worldwide phenomena. So what is laughter yoga?
Laughter yoga combines yogic breathing with unconditional laughter. Participants go through laughing exercises in a group while playfully engaging in the session. In case you are interested there is no fee or paperwork to join. A quick internet search can give you locations of clubs nearest to your home.
If you are looking for a fun book to curl up with you might want to read Still Hot: The Uncensored Guide to Divorce, Dating, Sex, Spite, and Happily Ever After. The book not only takes you from the moment you realize your marriage is over to post divorce life, but also has humor thrown in along the way.
You might not feel like laughing right now, but go ahead and give it a try anyhow. If you need a jump start watch a movie or funny TV. show. The body benefits from fake as well as genuine laughter. It doesn't cost a cent; it's easy to use and accessible anytime you want it.