(WJAR) — It is said laughter is the best medicine and one local high school is using just that in the classroom with laugher yoga.
"I read the statistic that children laugh like 400 times a day and adults only laugh about 30 times a day and I thought that was outrageous," said Met School advisor Cole Robinson.
So, this past summer, Robinson got certified as a laughter yoga leader and brought it to his high school students.
"When I hear the term laughter yoga, my brain is just like hmm. Definitely interesting but definitely not something I'd ever do." said Leaf Brooks, a 10th grade student.
That was before he tried it.
"It's like a removal of all the negative energy that you might be holding on to," said Brooks.
"You're laughing like at least pretending to laugh and then you end up really laughing," said Jenelle Gomez, another student.
"It definitely helps me release some emotions and get some stress off myself," added Jeremi Huertas.
But it's not all laughs -- deep breathing is incorporated too.
The two combined are designed to promote physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
"It eases tension and it's an opportunity to talk about other emotions too and just be more authentic selves and sort of break out of any negative energy that may be in the room," said Robinson, who hopes this will catch on at other schools.