One of the regular events held at Unity of Melbourne is the Laughter Club meeting, held following the service on the fourth Sunday of each month. This meeting has become a favorite at Unity of Melbourne and is definitely a regular component of activities at the centre.
Every time the Laughter Club meets you can hear hearty laughter from almost any point on the grounds and it certainly makes it harrd not to smile, whether you are a part of the proceedings or not. Just like Laughter Clubs the world over the giggles are not simply a happy sound, there is a definite technique involved which the groups facilitator Jenny Louise will happily show you. The breathing techniques involved are taken from the Yoga discipline, increaseing oxygen intake and circulation during the experrience. This can in turn help the body to release all of the usual beneficial chemicals normally associated with laughter. As the Laughter Club literature points out laughing is not only fun, it can be incorporated in to your daily or even hourly routine with ease. This is not such a bad idea givent he multitude of studies that have been published telling us all what we already know, that laughing relieves stress, helps lower blood pressure, can help alleviate pain and might even help the digestion. Why not come down to Unity and give an hour of laughter a try, even if it doesn't make you healthy it's bound to make you feel better.