When we are stressed or panicking (and wondering how we should pay this bill) it affects our breathing. Our heart rate goes up and our attention focuses acutely on the problem in our hand. While this kind of response is great when we are about to be attacked by a saber-tooth tiger, it’s not helpful with modern day challenges.
Research shows that positive emotions help us find better solutions, be more creative or ask for help if we need it. A laughter exercise like laughter yoga can help slow down our breathing and beating heart, and give our positive emotions a little kick. When we feel more positive, our attention broadens and finding a solution may become a little bit easier.