Trinidad always wanted to promote laughter that he founded the Pinoy Laughter Yoga in the Philippines after studying under Dr. Madan Kataria in Bangalore, India, the founder of Laughter Yoga International.
He cited that Dr. William Fry, the father of gelotology (the science of laughter) who has established strong laboratory evidence that mirthful laughter stimulates most of the major physiologic systems of the body. Based on his study, laughter speeds up the heart rate, improves blood circulation and works muscles all over the body. This means, it will help decrease chances of heart attacks by easing tension, stress and anger; and may even prevent strokes and lessen discomfort of people suffering from cancer.
Trinidad strongly advises to have a good belly laugh at least once a day and if you can't have one, it's better to fake it. He said that there is no difference between real laughter and faking it anyway. The psychological effects and the health benefits are the same.
|learning how to Ha-He-Hi-Ho-Hu|
What he did was to teach them the scientific way to laughter. This is, to utter different sounds which corresponds to the different parts of the body - "ha" is for the heart, "he" for the throat, "hi" for the brain, ho for the solar plexus (emotions). and "hu" for intimacy.
Here's how to do it (unfortunately I only was able to video the hi' part):
He warned thought not to do laughter therapy "if you have hemorrhage, any kind of hernia, any persistent cough, epilepsy, heart disease, high blood pressure, urinary tract infection, loose bowel movement, severe backache, surgery within the last 3 months and conception period."
Well, I guess laughter is indeed the best medicine!