Part 1/3: What Are Laughter Clubs?
Laughter Clubs are a worldwide network of social clubs run by volunteers where like-minded people get together just to laugh as a form of exercise. They do so in a variety of public places or indoor venues.
This is not a trademark. Laughter Clubs are 100% independent. They do not report nor receive orders from anybody and do not pay royalties.
Laughter Clubs all over the world adhere to a common code of conduct: they are not for profit, non political and non religious. All are welcome.
Anybody and everybody can start and run a Laughter Club.
Laughter Clubs are part of a worldwide grassroots social movement. They are not intended as a commercial project.
To find a Laughter Club near you please enter your city, state and/or country in the box “Find A Laughter Yoga Club” on the right hand side column.
What happens in a Laughter Club?
Laughter Clubs usually meet to laugh for about 45 to 60 minutes.
Here are two videos to give you an idea of what to expect.
You do not need to bring anything beyond a big smile and a bottle of water (you may get dehydrated from laughing a lot).
Benefits of running a Laughter Club
What do fun and success have in common? They rarely happen by themselves. You have to work on it. If we make no regular effort to have fun, serious things will interfere to the point of blocking the laughter, fun, and good communication that could be there.
The more you do it, the better you get at it and the more you benefit from it. Being involved in the running of a laughter club gives you the discipline to laugh on a regular basis, and laughing on a regular basis becomes addictive.
Research tells us that it is 30 times easier to laugh in a group than to laugh on your own. We know so many good things in life, but we don’t have the motivation to practice them. If we do it in a group though, it happens in a much easier way.
People who run / actively participate in laughter clubs achieve much more on many levels. Personal development is tremendous:
- Communication skills improve.
- Self-confidence improves. Introverts loose their fear of speaking in public.
- You develop more connections and make new friends.
- You get to be in the news (Laughter Yoga is very media friendly).
- Your capacity to laugh goes up significantly, adding more laughter into your life.
- Your ability to cope with challenges improves a lot.
- Your health improves.
- You forget your worries.
- You go home with a refreshed mind.
- You contribute to making the world a better place. It is the responsibility of every Laughter Club member to help to make those around them happy. Laughter should be reflected in one’s behavior and attitudes towards others. The members of Laughter Clubs do not only laugh, but they also practice ways and means of sensible living.