[Guest blogger Carly Dawson spins up the hooping and the laughter.]
by Carly Dawson
Recently, while minding my own business online, I accidentally stumbled across a video for something called “Laughter Yoga”. Now I had never heard of such a thing and I wasn’t even quite sure what to make of it, but I must say after clicking play I was laughing along with the people in the video by the time it was over. While it looked a little ridiculous to me, it also looked like so much fun! And when the video ended I couldn’t help but think more about the power of laughter. Not only can it transform our day and our lives, but it’s infectious in transforming the lives of others. It got me wondering about all of the laughter in my hoop classes. Sometimes a class really is just an hour of laughter and we don’t need to force the laughter either. It happens simply because we are feeling fun and silly inside our hoops.
I think it’s a skill to be able to laugh at oneself and it’s one we need to actively work on. Did you know that most adults only laugh 17 times a day, while pre-school children laugh 400 times a day? As we get older so many of us grown-ups begin to take life too seriously – and that’s why hooping is such a gift. Just the prospect of hula hooping in front of a room full of people can be enough to send some people into a fit of giggles! And if it is true what they always say, that laughter is the best medicine, if laughter is in fact medicine what are the more specific health benefits associated with laughter in and of itself? So I did a bit of research and here’s what I learned: