Want an Easy and Uplifting Health Practice? Laughing Qigong
by Monica A. Frank, Ph.D.
Qigong is a simple breathing exercise combined with movement. More and more research shows how it reduces the symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety.
Recently, Hsieh and colleagues studied laughing qigong with a group of geriatric residents in long-term care and found that twice a week groups for 4 weeks improved mood, reduced depression, and improved memory (mental status).
The first part of this video shows a simple laughing qigong exercise. Even watching it feels good! Take a minute a few times a day for a laughing qigong session and see how it transforms your mood.
Hsieh, C., Chang, C. Tsai, G. and Wu, H. (2015). Empirical study of the Influence of a Laughing Qigong Program on Long-term Care Residents. Geriatrics and Gerontology International, 15, 165-173. DOI: 10.1111/ggi.12244