April Fool's Day is all about having some good laughs. So why not schedule a laughter yoga program on the 1st of April?
Laughter has significant benefits to one's overall wellbeing and mood and scheduling some time for it on your calendar may be just what your residents need. How do you laugh when nothing’s funny? Just open your mouth into a wide smile and force the breath out. It may feel silly at first, but when you’re in a group of people committed to laughing, the make-believe version often transforms into the real thing.
Here are some exercises to try:
Thrust out the tongue, widen the eyes, and stretch the hands out like claws while laughing.
Laugh with the mouth closed and hum.
Open your mouth wide and laugh without making a sound. Look into other people’s eyes and make funny gestures.
Start by smiling and then slowly begin to laugh with a gentle chuckle. Increase the intensity of the laugh until you’ve achieved a hearty laugh. Then gradually bring the laugh down to a smile again.
Move close to a person and hold each other’s hands and laugh.