Brief take-home laughter yoga practice (B-TLYP): impact on multi-dimensional affects among Chinese adults in Hong Kong

Cynthia Sau Ting Wu, Rosa Sze Man Wong, Yim Wah Mak, Yuet Ting Yip, Hellie Mak

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the impact of a brief take-home laughter yoga practice (B-TLYP) on the multi-dimensional affects among Chinese adults in Hong Kong. Method: The intervention consisted of a one-hour workshop and 7-day home practice on laughter yoga exercises. Thirty-six adults (mean age: 48.3 years) joined the intervention and completed questionnaires on demographics and affect scales. Positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA) were measured by the Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS) at baseline, immediately and one week after the intervention. Repeated measure ANOVA was used to examine differences in PANAS scores across time. Results: The mean score of PANAS PA subscale showed an increasing trend across time, whereas there was no difference in the mean score of PANAS NA subscale. Discussion: This study provides preliminary support for the benefits of B-TLYP on adults’ positive affect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-134
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Mental Health
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Laughter exercise
  • laughter yoga
  • mental wellbeing
  • negative affect
  • positive affect
  • stress emotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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