Magic Choral Trick #84 Laughing
I used to notice that after the chorus had a good laugh about something, and then recovered enough to sing, that the sound was richer and everyone was more cheerful.
I had a comment from Trisha Pope a few months ago that reminded me of this. I also remembered how this could even be brought about by fake laughing. What’s interesting here is that when you get a whole lot of people who know each other well doing fake laughing, it doesn’t take long for it to become real.
Perhaps you’re all aware of laughing yoga, which is based on the premise that the mind and body react positively even with fake laughter.
I used to ask people to pair up, look straight at each other and begin the fake laughing – but here are the 5 basic Laughing Yoga Exercises. Think I’ll try them out this week!
Cell Phone Laughter: Hold an imaginary cell phone to your ear and laugh.
Gradient laughter: Fake a smile; giggle, then laugh slowly and gradually increase in tempo and volume.
Greeting Laughter: Greet everybody the way you normally greet (e.g. shake hands) and replace words with laughter.
Hearty Laughter: spread your arms up, look up and laugh heartily as you direct your laughter to come straight from your heart.
Think Of A Socially Awkward Situation And Laugh At It (e.g. shoe laces untied, shaving cream behind your ears…)