The Silent Giggle
January 1, 2010 by The Dove
A silent giggle is incredibly effective. Its my favorite tool to pull out of my arsenal when Im having a bad day or when I just want to really plant a positive seed, and I like to use it as much as possible.
So what is the mysterious silent giggle? Exactly what it sounds like. I teach it regularly in my workshops. While it’s very easy, itdoes require a bit of practice so you dont come off as a raving lunatic.
Simply put, the silent giggle is that tickle of joy, that funny joke or silly song that you keep in the back of your mind. You just dont outwardly laugh. Keep your laughter inside, but allow the joy to flow through your eyes and voice without breaking into a laugh.
Sometimes when we practice this in my classes, I do admit some of my students come off a looking a bit odd, which is hysterical and really great for a Laughter Yoga class, but to truly hone in on the benefits of this technique you really need to be able to use it publicly.
You can always hear a smile through the phone. Go on, practice it. You can literally hear the smile in someone’s voice. Now just remember the silent giggle of joy. That really amps up your phone calls and messages. It’s amazing how people will respond to the sound of your voice when you use this technique.
Feel free to try this out by recording yourself saying the same message once normally, once with a smile and then again with the silent giggle. You can notice an immediate difference! It has made many opportunities available for me that I never knew existed. It’s because the joy spills out and people are just drawn to you.
Another great way to use the silent giggle in a public or one on one meeting is to just remember to hold on to your thought that make s you giggle. Dont let it go. You will express absolute joy with your eyes and yet again people are drawn to you. This has opened doors for me as well. Its as if the whole world is in on your secret. People open doors, give you parking spaces, offer you free coffee and the list goes on to even further things to such as offering of jobs and the like.
The trick to it is to be sincere with your level of joy from the silent giggle. Dont force it and dont come off as if you are laughing at anyone. Just be in that place of joy that comes from the giggle and know that you are planting a positive seed.
So what are the Laughter Yoga benefits from this if you are not outwardly laughing? I still believe this technique can reap numerous benefits, a boost in your self-esteem and ease from stress for starters. Also, you may cause overflowing joy in another and there may at some point be some genuine outward laughter as well. At the very least you will just feel good, but more than likely it will spread out to those around you as well.
The Silent Giggle by Rhonda Lee.
Rhonda is a Laughter Yoga Leader (www.laughyourlife.com), an artist (www.barefootartist.etsy.com), a Reiki Master/Teacher and a raw foodist. She can often be found teaching stress management workshops, leading creative groups, and promoting her passion for raw foods and Laughter Yoga through workshops, retreats and raw chocolate parties! Her newly created blog, www.infusionoflife.blogspot.com, covers information on all of her interests and research as well as her current schedule. As a lover of life and a promoter of personal power she takes every opportunity to plant a positive seed to encourage others to feel good and live their dreams. Rhonda is a self professed goddess of gratitude and seeks to share the power of gratitude with all that she encounters.