I wish I had time to blog and expand on this, and I don’t.

Here are 5 great articles in this week’s news about Laughter Yoga:

  • “Laughter” yoga no joke. This one comes from Florida and has a video.  Teacher Pat Conklin takes laughter seriously. “I’d forgotten how to laugh, pretty much forgotten how to laugh.” She used to be a stressed out grant writer dealing with chronic pain and depression. “Laughter Yoga took me out of that deep dark place, to a much more hopeful, positive, optimistic place and it brought joy back into my life.”
  • For heart transplantee, laughter is best medicine. Linda Levier is 70. She had a heart transplant 7 years ago. She attributes her miraculous recovery in great part to Laughter Yoga.
  • Laughter-yoga classes touted as calming aid for mind, body. This one is from Columbus, Ohio. Here is a gist: “It’s like an endorphin cocktail for me,” said Spirit Sky, 64. “I feel refreshed and so much lighter.”
  • The pursuit of happiness. This is about “DIY Happiness”, a series of eight workshops for 320 women from different 20 boroughs of London, England. When it comes to promoting wellbeing and mental health, a holistic approach can often be more beneficial than ‘treating’ individuals.
  • Laughter therapy is no joke. Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was on the right track. The nurses and caregivers at the Matlosana Hospice and Khaya Tshepo Paediatric Palliative, a day-care centre in Klerksdorp (South Africa), cannot start the day without a big belly laugh. “We have seen tremendous change in many caregivers who do the laughter [therapy]. Unlike the others, it is immediate, it works much faster to create a dramatic increase in happiness, and it is the caregivers themselves who run it,” Jaffer said.

The person who has a sense of humor is not just more relaxed in the face of a potentially stressful situation, but is more flexible in his approach. -- John Morreall
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The 9th annual, 2014 All America Laughter Wellness and Laughter Yoga conference will take place in Los Angeles, California, on October 23-26, 2014. Our theme this year is New Frontiers In Wellness. We’ll explore how Laughter Professionals worldwide are reinventing Wellness Programs, bringing laughter to people of all ages and physical conditions in a variety of social and professional settings with simple activities that heal the mind, body and soul.

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