Laugh your way to a better you

Laugh your way to a better you

Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress in our lives. Not only is it a natural medicine, but it is highly contagious, brings people together and lifts our spirits. Laughter guru, Heinrich Visser shares some insights.

Laughter Therapy has a profound impact on the body and mind. Not only does it help to prevent the onset of sickness by strengthening the immune system, but it also has a healing effect.  A daily dose of laughter therapy has the power to unwind stress and promote joy.  It slows down a racing heart and strengthens the mind, raises the spirit and fends off pessimism…and all this in an instant.  Sounds crazy right, but it works wonders!


So what is Laughter Therapy actually?


Laughter Therapy is a unique concept where anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humour, jokes or comedy.

Laugher is initiated as an exercise in a group, but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter.

It is called Laughter Therapy because it combines laughter exercises with deep breathing exercises. This brings more oxygen to the body and the brain which makes one feel more energetic and healthy.

The concept of Laughter Therapy is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter if done with willingness. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

In addition to social laughter clubs, Laughter Therapy is also practised in Companies and Corporations, Fitness centres, Yoga studios, Centres for seniors, Schools, Colleges, Universities, Physically and mentally challenged and self-help Cancer groups.


But I laugh naturally so why do I need Laughter therapy?


In order to get the proven health benefits of  laughter, we need to laugh continuously for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Since in Laughter Therapy we do laughter as an exercise, we can prolong our laughter as long as we want; it brings measurable physiological changes like oxygen levels in the blood, muscle relaxation, blood circulation and releases certain positive hormones in the body.


– To reap the health benefits of laughter, laughter has to be loud and deep, coming from the diaphragm. It must be a belly laugh.  Laughter Therapy therefore provides a safe environment where one can let loose, laugh loudly and heartily without any social implications.


– Natural laughter that occurs through our life depends upon many conditions, but there are not many reasons which make us laugh. That means we leave laughter to chance,  it may happen it may not. In contrast, in Laughter Therapy, laughter is not left to chance, but done with commitment.  This guarantees getting the maximum health benefits from laughing..


People are surprised by the powerful changes that Laughter Therapy can make in their lives.  It is the perfect way of putting the ego aside and ensuring a loving, caring and giving state of mind.  It can be one aspect of bringing Mindfulness into your life.


Laughter Therapy will cultivate a positive mental attitude and an understanding based on unconditional love, forgiveness, generosity and compassion and will allow patience and tolerance to emerge in your life


Bottom line is thatLaughter Therapy makes us feel good, it is unconditional laughter in its purist form.


Heinrich Visser is a South African expert on laughter and knows how to unlock its many benefits to promote wellness and well-being in everyday life, at home and at work. Heinrich studied with Dr. Madan Kataria (Laughter Yoga International University, Bangalore, India) where it all started and obtained his Laughter Yoga Teacher’s Qualification. He has since travelled throughout Southern Africa over the past decade offering a variety of  laughter and empowerment programs to thousands of people. He is one of a few Certified Laughter Professors in South Africa and loves bringing laughter coaching to the Corporate world, Schools, Universities, NGO’s and NPO’s.  He also offers  two-day certified Laughter Therapy coach training Seminars. You can contact Heinrich Visser at 0625495481 or email him at



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