Evidence of Benefits

At many of the Laughter Yoga sessions I deliver, I ask participants to complete a before and after questionnaire about how they feel using scores between 1 to 10 (1 being worst and 10 being best) to describe the level that they feel. The results invariably move towards the higher numbers for the ‘after’ questionnaire.

The topics covered are as follows:

Enthusiasm
Energy level
Mood
Optimism
Stress level
Level of friendship with group members
Level of awareness about your breathing
Level of muscle relaxation
Level of mental relaxation
Ability to laugh without a reason

In September 2014 I delivered Laughter Yoga taster sessions during the AgeWell Conference through the University of Birmingham with participants aged 65 plus and have had permission to show the results of the questionnaires:

Summary of ‘How do you feel’ form 

Below are a series of graphs that display the summary in relation to each of the topics discussed – blue bar chart shows ‘before’ and red shows ‘after’:

Graphical representation