Category Archives: Play

Laugh Yoga, Exercises, Videos & Clubs from the American School Of Laughter Yoga

How to make 100s of toys with trash

Arvind Gupta is an Indian toy inventor and popularizer of science for kids. Creating simple toys out of trash and everyday goods, he illustrates principles of science and design in a memorably hands-on fashion. He works at the Children’s Science Centre in Pune, India.

Arvind has posted hundreds of designs for toys made from trash at http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys.html

See an equal amount of videos on his youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/arvindguptatoys

Toilet Paper Fashion

I never use props of any kind (e.g. costumes, red noses, funny hats…) in my Laughter Yoga sessions as those tend to keep people anchored in their critical mind. I see more value in empowering people to feel good about themselves as they are, without having to use anything else.

Having said that there are times when I do use props in the context of special events because these can be tremendously entertaining. The only request though is that people have make up their own “costume” or “embellishment” with everyday items that they already have (that way nobody has to spend any money).

Here is an example of what people come up with when asked to be creative with toilet paper. It is awesome!

Toilet Paper Fashion

The images above are from http://www.zefrank.com/giveaway2/index.html

54 time-tested ideas to make your married life more fun

The following list was compiled by master funsmith Bernie DeKoven and is a summary of what his wife Rocky and himself do to have more fun in their relationship (they have been married for over 45 years). I had the privilege of meeting both of them a few months ago in New Mexico and they were still in love & simply inspiring to be with.

When I grow old I want a relationship like that.

Source:  http://www.deepfun.com/fun/2011/01/more-fun-2/

Between us:

  1. Accepting each other’s differences, limits;
  2. Admiring each other’s talents;
  3. Appearing in an outrageous outfit;
  4. Appreciating each other’s success;
  5. Being funny;
  6. Being kind to each other;
  7. Buying each other something special at the grocery or hardware store;
  8. Changing the rules;
  9. Dancing spontaneously, sometimes without music;
  10. Doing silly things;
  11. Encouraging each other to do what each of us most wants to do;
  12. Generally, not keeping score;
  13. Leaving notes;
  14. Listening to each other, asking questions, getting clear;
  15. Little acts of improvisation, spontaneous skits;
  16. Making a face out of raisins and bananas;
  17. Making each other laugh;
  18. Making meals for each other;
  19. Paying attention to each other;
  20. Planning;
  21. Playing games;
  22. Respecting each other;
  23. Sharing memories;
  24. Surprising each other;
  25. Touching each other;
  26. Trusting each other;
  27. When one of us looks happy (singing, humming or smiling) it makes the other happier;
  28. Who ever gets up first makes breakfast in bed for each other.

Between us and the world

  1. Being kind to others;
  2. Being with the kids and grandkids;
  3. Bringing new people into each other’s lives;
  4. Building junk sculptures on our walks;
  5. Deciding together about how to spend and save;
  6. Experimenting;
  7. Exploring different paths;
  8. Helping together;
  9. Inventing;
  10. Learning something new together;
  11. Listening to bird songs, trying to sing along;
  12. New uses for common objects;
  13. New ways to “make do”;
  14. Noticing flowers, smelling, touching;
  15. Pointing out things to each other that we think the other would enjoy;
  16. Pretend conversations as we walk by people, e.g.: “Where did we leave that body?”;
  17. Pretending;
  18. Sharing chores ? keeping things fair, in balance;
  19. Solving household dilemmas;
  20. Speaking in accents;
  21. To animals, insects, plants;
  22. To other people (family, friends, strangers);
  23. Trying new spices, fruits, foods, etc;
  24. Trying out new restaurants, grocery stores, parks, neighborhoods to visit, roads to travel;
  25. Walking and talking;
  26. Walking together.

Play Gazillions of Improv Games, Just For Fun

Laughter Yoga builds in many ways on theatrical improvisational games. I have found plenty of brilliant laughter exercises ideas in http://improvencyclopedia.org/

All games aren’t relevant (I personally do not relate to the theatrical acting part) and still many are. All you have to do is leave your mind at home and speak with your body.

Here are some of the Improv’ theatre “rules of engagement”:

  • Trust yourself and your partner in any interaction.
  • Move things forward by saying “Yes, and…”. In other words, don’t negate or deny by saying “Yes, but…”.
  • Go somewhere or say something; it doesn’t have to be perfect. Physically putting yourself in motion often works to get your brain in motion.
  • Make statements rather than ask questions.
  • Make assumptions to start moving the action forward. (Remember that you’re just looking for a place to start; you don’t have to stay there.)
  • Give and take: this applies to attention, focus, ideas, and respect.
  • Listen, watch, and concentrate.
  • Play to the top of your intelligence. Don’t go for easy laughs — you’re smarter than that.