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Laughter Yoga with School Children

Researchers tell us that children laugh 300 – 400 times a day during play, but what is happening to childhood in our modern world? Today’s children are faced with different childhood realities. There is an increasing need for laughter and playfulness in children of all ages as they strive to meet the demands of school, college and parents.Laughter Yoga can help children cope with stress and also replace some of the play and laughter time that they are losing to formalized educational systems and changes in lifestyle.  It is the best technique which inducts more laughter into their lives. It promotes group laughter without the needs for humor or jokes. It has proved very effective when incorporated in the education system, as it helps to eliminate the factors that cause stress levels among students and hinder healthy relationships.

 

Major stress factors in child

Low concentration: Studies show a huge leap in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Children with this disorder are extremely hyperactive and find it difficult to concentrate for even short periods. They act on impulse and often appear to have no sense of danger.  An extended hearty laughter improves blood circulation and flushes the lungs of stale residual air. This helps in better concentration power, increases the learning ability and helps to enhance academic performance.
Academic pressure: Children are faced with a competitive academic environment from an early age as they are constantly being pressured by their parents and teachers to attain excellent grades. Schoolwork results in many symptoms of stress and high social anxiety.  As they learn to laugh unconditionally, they become adept at handling pressure as laughter builds self confidence and the ability to handle stress by boosting the immune system and releasing endorphins in the brain which ‘kick start’ good feelings and reduce stress.
Parental pressure : Parental expectations many times lead the children to strive for unrealistic goals, which if unfulfilled can bring on serious stress and prove to be detrimental to their mental and physical health. A general decrease in parenting skills leaves children deprived of strong moral and emotional guidance and role models.