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Laughter Yoga, Seriously

A smile, a chuckle, a LOL, a full-throated guffaw: getting yourself laughing is good for the soul, good for your health.

Laughing together at the opening ceremony of European Laughter Yoga Conference in Lisbon
Laughing together at the opening ceremony of European Laughter Yoga Conference in Lisbon
Tomasz Kwaśniewski

Held once, sometimes twice a week, you can find these unlikely workshops in parks, cultural centers, or in basements arranged for the occasion. "Ha, ha, hee, hee, hee," participants repeat out loud while running around and clapping their hands. They then practice laughter at different volumes: from the mute one — "the one you can perform at home when everybody else is asleep" — all the way up to the guffaw.

There are five participants this day. Diana, 52, has a master's degree in economics and left a corporate job a year ago. Tomek, 31, has a T-shirt with the words "I don't see any obstacles" written on it, and holds a white cane in his hand. Then there is Anna, 38, a freelance graphic designer and ski instructor, and Henryka, who is 65 and retired. Finally, there is Barbara, is a 38-year-old State Treasury Board official.

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