Can Laughter Yoga Help to Lift Stress, Anxiety, Worry, Fears, Depression & PTSD?

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Can Laughter Yoga Help to Lift Stress, Anxiety, Worry, Fears, Depression & PTSD?

It has happened.


One success story is Jane (not her real name) who healed a long standing case of PTSD from childhood sexual abuse.

“…Michael Cortina, director of outpatient services at the Regional Mental Health Center in Merrillville, Indiana, shows that PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can be healed with laughter. He used it successfully to help Jane who is in her 30s…”It is absolutely revolutionary, and eliminates the negative effect and emotional distress of that trauma in one session”, said Cortina. – from Laughter Yoga International website article

“One Session Eliminated the Negative Effect and Emotional Distress of That Trauma”

“…Jane…constantly suffered from nightmares. Every night before she went to sleep, she checked all the closets, locked every door and made sure a hammer and can of mace were near her bed, giving her the peace of mind to doze off. But sleep only led to more nightmares. ‘I was basically living in my own personal hell,’ she said. As a child no therapy helped her till later in life when she went to Cortina and tried his therapy.”

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Positive Results Locally from a Single Session of Laughter Yoga

A small group of military personnel participating in a 6 week Therapeutic Yoga program found a sense of happiness from one Laughter Yoga session.


After only one Laughter Yoga session, a male participant shared how he felt happy for the first time. He told us he keeps his unhappiness hidden from even his family and this was the first time he felt really happy. And he was confused.


A female participant chimed in and said she understood exactly what he meant and that she too felt happy for the first time and she also was confused.


Can this be sustained?


We are going to find out.

Local Pilot Program for Relieving Stress


A six week program will use Laughter Yoga, protocols from The Zen of Joy and other sources.

Testimonial from a Vet: Laugher Yoga and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


More links:

Laughter Can Heal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Can Laughter Help Veterans and PTSD?


How I Kicked Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder And Reclaimed My (True) Laugh

Why Laughter Is Good For Mental Health, Breaks Cycle Of Psychological Negativity


The Connection between Laughter, Humor, and Good Health


Benefits of Humor

Pilot Program to Lift Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Worry, Fear and/or PTSD

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Matti Anttila has had success with Laughter Yoga and anxieties.

He will lead a six week program. Dates to be determined.

For more details and to be involved, email Matti Anttila at:

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