Know Humor: Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  11/3/2012

Studies have shown that laughter can trigger healthy physical changes in the body. From playing a crucial role in social bonding to increasing pain tolerance, laughter imparts benefits that last long after a good joke is told. Certified life coach, registered nurse, and laughter yoga practitioner Carol Delmonico discusses the power of laughter at two special programs presented by Deschutes Public Library as part of the November “Know Humor” series of programs.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 • 6:30 p.m.
East Bend Public Library

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 • 4:30 p.m.
Sunriver Area Public Library

In her presentation, which is offered at both the East Bend and Sunriver Area libraries, Delmonico will share how people can use laughter to reduce stress and boost their immune system. As a certified laughter yoga leader, Delmonico will also lead a laughter yoga demonstration. According to, the practice combines “unconditional laughter with yogic breathing.” Laughter yoga is the brainchild of Indian physician Madan Kataria, who launched the first “laugher club” in 1995. Today, laughter yoga is formally practiced through more than 6,000 Laughter Yoga Clubs in nearly 60 countries.

Delmonico is a certified laughter yoga leader as well as a RN and professional life coach. She is trained in Compassionate Communication (developed by Marshall Rosenberg) and is a graduate of Russell Delman’s Embodied Life Mentorship Program. She is a trainer and leadership team member for the Peace Center of Central Oregon.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Tina at 541-312-1034.

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