The youth at the Portage Prévost rehabilitation centre recently experienced just how therapeutic laughter can be through a laughter therapy workshop with a specialised education intern.
The intern led them through a series of exercises and stretches, a discussion about laughing techniques, and then had participants act out scenarios and play games that had the entire community in stitches.
Laughing releases endorphins, de-stresses the body, relaxes the mind, and provides a positive mental state. As we age from childhood into adolescence and adulthood, we tend to laugh less and less. Given the heavy background of many of the youth in treatment, they had been missing out on the therapeutic value of laughter for many years.