Laughter has some great health benefits such boosting your immune system, lowering your blood pressure and reducing stress. Laughter Clubs Victoria share with us some tips and techniques to keep you smiling and feeling light hearted every day.
Melissa: You don’t have to be a medical expert to know that laughter is good for the body and soul.

Speakers: Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha.

Melissa: And at this place, you don’t even need a reason.

Speakers: Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha. Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha.

Melissa: Here’s a tip - if you’re having trouble, just fake it ‘til you make it.

Speakers: Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha. Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha. Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha.

Melissa: Philippa Chambers is the founder of Laughter Clubs, Victoria. Today’s session is in Catani Gardens, St Kilder. This group meets here at 10.00am every Saturday morning.

Philippa: We take our hands, heel and palm to the fingertips, and we simple clap.

Speakers: Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha. Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha. Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha.

Melissa: Anytime we laugh, the feeling that something good is happening to us is instantaneous. That’s why laughter clubs are becoming more and more popular by the day.

Speaker 1: It is good for the breathing. I’ve got emphysema and I’ve noticed my breathing is better when I have a good laugh.

Speakers: [Laughter]

Speaker 1: I’ve become more outgoing. I used to be very reserved and shy and very quiet and…

Melissa: Gosh, you would never think so.

Speakers: Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha. Ho, ho, ha, ha, ha.

Speaker 2: It does free you up. It makes you much more light hearted and less serious and more free.

Melissa: Apart from all these bonuses, laughing just makes you feel good and it’s free.

Speaker 3: How do I describe it? Kind of warm, fuzzy feeling.

Melissa: Do you feel like you’ve got a lot more energy now?

Speaker 3: Yeah, absolutely.

Speakers: [Laughter]

Melissa: And this activity is open to everyone. Anyone of any age can take part. Do many men come down?

Speaker 4: Unfortunately no. We average say 12 to 15 people and three of them might be men, yeah.

Melissa: So, what would you say to those men out there that are a little hesitant?

Speaker 4: Oh, get down here. It’s so good. You get to hang out with 15 women and you have a laugh through it as well.

Speaker 5: A bit of a sceptic, so I wasn’t… you know, I wasn’t looking forward to it too much, but I have to say, I’m very surprised. It definitely brings you awake, gets the blood flowing, makes you happy. It’s really good; I recommend it.

Speakers: Yes, come and join us.

Speaker 6: [0:02:14] or come and join in.

Speakers: Oh, yeah.

Melissa: Funnily enough, we’ve caught the attention of a cyclist riding by and he’s brave enough to join in. I’ve just recruited a new member, guys! This is Andrew and it’s his lucky day. Little did he know he was just about to win Tut’s lotto.

Philippa: We check our numbers.

Speakers: Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

Philippa: What do you do then?

Speakers: [Laughter]

Melissa: The funny thing is when we’re laughing, it’s really like a form of meditation because we tend to focus on how we’re feeling and what we’re laughing at. Kaz uses a special laughter dance to start every day.

Kaz: Ho, ho, ha, ha, hee, hee. Ho, ho, ha, ha, hee, hee.

Melissa: Why not give it a try when you wake up tomorrow and see how you feel? All this laughing really works up a sweat. So now, I think it’s time to cool down with a milkshake…

Speakers: [laughter]

Melissa: … a massage…

Speakers: [Laughter]

Melissa: … and a good stretch.

Speaker 1: See how you can stretch up to the sky.

Speakers: [Laughter]

Melissa: Laughter – reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system, improves brain function and protects your heart – all the while making you feel damn good.

Speakers: Laughter Club, Laughter Club, yes, yes, yeah.<br/><br/>

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Last updated: October 2015

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