Come to the half hour Laughter Yoga session at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, 999 US H'way 22, Phillipsburg NJ and share the universal spirit of joy. Put more happiness in your life. Join a worldwide movement for health, joy and world peace. It may well change your life for the better and it cost nothing to try. Just breath and laugh. Move as much as you want or are able. It is as easy as sharing a laugh with friends. No equipment or previous experience necessary. Meet with other members of Funny Farm Laughter Club every Sat. at 10 AM for therapeutic Laughter Yoga. Read more... A joyful heart is good medicine, it is said. One local women, a farmer’s wife, invites you to laugh your way to better health. Welcome to Laughter Yoga. Cynthia Curtis, Perfect Christmas Tree Farm owner and certified Laughter Yoga instructor, leads the Funny Farm Laughter Club group on Saturdays, starting March 22 at the farmhouse at 999 US Highway 22, Phillipsburg NJ. Membership in the Funny Farm Laughter Club is open to the public and it is free. Dr. Madan Kataria, an internist in Mumbai, India, is the founder of Laughter Yoga and World Laughter Day which is celebrated all over the world. What started with 5 people laughing together in a public park in 1995 is a world trend today. Currently, there are 10,000 laughter clubs in over 70 countries. It is an exhilarating and revolutionary movement that is gaining popularity and credibility with people, corporations, educational and healthcare agencies. Members of laughter clubs come together to laugh for exercise. Laughter Yoga is a blend of simulated laughter exercises, intermittent deep breathing, and mild stretching. Based on scientific evidence that the body does not differentiate between real laughter and fake laughter, a person gets the same physiological and psychological benefits from both. Mind-body medicine is well documented. Scientific studies prove that laughter is both preventive and therapeutic. People practicing Laughter Yoga regularly report amazing improvement in their health as well as a more positive attitude and higher energy levels. Laughing creates positive connections in the brain. Even anticipating laughter can enhance biochemistry. Dr. Lee Burk of Loma Linda University conducted an experiment with a group of students. Half the group was told that they would see a humorous video, the other half was not. Both groups had their blood analyzed may times during the experiment. The findings were astounding. The group expecting to see a funny video showed not only a decrease in stress hormones (cortisol, epinephrine, and dopac,) but also an increase in beta-endorphins (chemicals that ease depression) and human growth hormone (which boosts immunity.) Dr. Berk, the lead researcher, sums up the study: "Our findings lead us to believe that by seeking out positive experiences that make us laugh we can do a lot with our physiology to stay well." “Laughter is a positive energy that feels good to share. Laughing comes naturally no matter your age, nationality, the language you speak and it is contagious,” says Cynthia Curtis, the club leader. “At Funny Farm Laughter Club we create happiness with playful exercises that anyone can do.” The laughter club is a safe environment to laugh unconditionally, at yourself, at problems, at other laughers. Unconditional laughter as a form of exercise to strengthen and heal the body is highly effective and simply fun,” she adds. “To start you consciously create laughter from memory but very quickly the laughter comes naturally and spontaneously spreads throughout the group. Laughing makes me feel young,” says the 72-year-old farmer’s wife. Using laughter as medicine is not a new concept. As early as the 14th Century French surgeon Henri de Mondeville used humor therapy to aid recovery from surgery. In the 1930’s U.S. hospitals began to bring in clowns to cheer children hospitalized with polio. In 1972, Physician Hunter Doherty Adams of ‘Patch Adams’ fame, created the Gesundheit Institute to bring "fun, friendship, and the joy of service back into health care." Norman Cousins, political journalist and author, called laughter "internal jogging." He literally laughed his way back from a life-threatening illness. From this experience, he wrote an enlightening book, "Anatomy of an Illness.” In it he says, “I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep.” Funny Farm Laughter Club meets every Saturday at 10:00 AM, at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, starting Saturday, March 22, 2014. Classes are about 30 minutes long. Classes are open to the public and supported by donations but space is limited. Please contact Cynthia Curtis at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/farmerandwife or call 908-387-1225 to reserve space. Membership in the Funny Farm Laughter Club is open to the public, no special equipment or prior knowledge of yoga is necessary.