Do you belly laugh? Giggle? Shake and not make a sound? Everyone laughs in their own unique way and Meredith Yardley, who runs a free laughter club in Ballina, says ‘the science is in and it’s beyond doubt that regular laughter can have a positive effect on our physical, emotional and mental health.’
BeLLY (Ballina and Lennox Laughter Yoga) laughter club had its first laughter session on Tuesday July 18 and Meredith said it was lots of fun and plenty of laughs.
‘It’s so important to laugh regularly’, Meredith said.
‘With stress-related illnesses being our number one killer it’s vital that we find ways to decompress and relax – and nothing does it better than a big, fat laugh.
‘Laughter yoga is an aerobic activity that floods your body with oxygen, giving you an immediate brain and body boost. As well as a destresser, it’s a great social connector – because you just can’t help relating better to people when you share a laugh with them.’
The free laughter club is happening every Tuesday between 5.30-6.15pm at St Mary’s Anglican Church Administration Hall, entry from Burnet Street.
‘As a laughter coach I help people laugh for no reason’, says Meredith. ‘I have the best job in the world, because people come into my class, or I go to their workplace or event, and they’re feeling cranky or low from a bad day, and they end up feeling marvellous, uplifted and joyous.
‘And that’s why I set up the BeLLY laughter club. I want everyone to share in the laughter. The class is free – although I’m happy to accept a gold coin donation which I will invest back into the Club.’