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60 pages on how the practice of Laughter Yoga effect the lives of Laughter Yoga professionals

Here is the 60 pages thesis that Vasiliki Skrekou from Greece wrote for her Masters degree at the Center for Applied Psychology (John Moores University, Liverpool, UK) on the Effect of Laughter Yoga Practice on the lives of Laughter Yoga Professionals.

Laughter Yoga is powerful stuff indeed.

Did you doubt? Click here to download this document (PDF)

Note to Laughter Yoga Professionals: follow the news! They are filled with leads and inspiration.

It’s easy: all you have to do is look here once a week.

This week:

Depression is on the rise. Know your statistics. Quote official sources. This is invaluable in helping  your prospective  clients understand that Laughter Yoga is not a frivolous expense but a very valid investment. What we do is scientifically proven to work.

Caregivers need Laughter Yoga. Have you contacted your local groups lately?

More and more people are making Laughter Yoga their full time job. Network. Learn from them.

Seniors need to laugh and greatly benefit from it. There are 75 millions of them out there. Why not contact your local retirement communities.

What’s happening around the world can help you. Apparently ” the school syllabus somewhere in India has an entire chapter about laughter clubs and the importance of laughter to human health. If it’s done there, it could be done here. Why not contact your local schools and propose a demo session to either staff or students?

Are you hesitant to take action? Know that we have been working for months now on creating  an online Laughter Yoga University to train, help and support professionals in the field. Check it out. It will be completed soon and provide you with all the tools  and knowledge you need to be successful.

Study confirms: laughter is good medicine for dementia patients

Laughter may be good medicine for elderly dementia patients — and best of all, it doesn’t have side effects.

Australian humour therapist Jean-Paul Bell was originally a clown doctor working with sick children, but now he makes the elderly laugh through a programme called Play-Up.

Bell was also the key humour therapist in a Sydney-based study into the impact of humour therapy on mood, agitation, behavioural disturbances and social engagement in dementia patients, a study that showed those who took part seemed happier.

“The whole idea behind the Play-Up programme and what we’re doing at the Arts Health Institute is encouraging them to play more because we believe that they’ve got potential to keep playing right until you take your last breath,” Bell said.

He set up the Arts Health Institute to train aged-care staff in fostering playful relationships with their patients, particularly those with dementia.

The study, called the SMILE study, took place over three years, involving 36 nursing homes and 400 residents.

Dressed in a bright blue jacket with brass buttons and shoulder tabs, Bell uses a combination of games, jokes and songs — accompanying himself on a ukulele — to get the elderly to laugh.

In addition to seeming more content, the dementia patients involved in the study seemed less agitated by 20 percent, said lead researcher Lee-Fay Low at the University of New South Wale’s School of Psychiatry.

“Twenty percent sounds like a small effect but it’s about the same amount, the same effect as you would get if you gave them an antipsychotic medication — medication you would use to treat schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder,” Low said.

Best of all, the dementia patients weren’t the only ones who benefited from the study.

“The staff were invigorated, they felt that their jobs were enhanced,” said therapist Joanne Rodrigues.

“They were part of something that they could see the real benefits (of).”

Read more at http://www.artshealthinstitute.org.au/News/SMILE-Study-results.aspx

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Are the French world champions of misery? Laughter Yoga to the rescue!

A World Health Organisation report has proclaimed the French as the most likely to suffer a depressive episode in their lifetime. This is probably why Laughter Clubs are flourishing across France. Participants report a heightened sense of relaxation, while doctors hail the many psychological and physical health benefits. Laughter Yoga strengthens immune system. It has been proven to alleviate mild forms of depression by releasing neurotransmitters that improve your mood and make you feel good.

Watch hours of videos from the 2010 All America Laughter Yoga Conference

The 2010 All America Laughter Yoga Conference took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in August 2010. Here are several of its videos from the 2010 All America Laughter Yoga Conference DVD Pack, including Dr Kagtaria’s closing keynote. This DVD pack is currently on sale for $99.

Read more about this conference at http://2010.laughteryogaamerica.com

The DVD Pack includes 9 DVDs (that’s over 12h of professionally recorded educational videos), all region free:

2010 Laughter Yoga conference DVD pack

2010 All America Laughter Yoga Conference DVD pack

 

4 Australasian Laughter Yoga Conferences in 4 slideshows. Wanna travel?

I had been talking about it for a long time, and this is now a done thing.
The photo albums of the past 4 Australasian Laughter Yoga conferences where I was invited to speak are online.
Check it out.
(I am including a youtube video here in case you would like to have some music as you watch these pictures. If so, just play this video at the same time)

2011: Adelaide, South Australia

2010: Brisbane, Queensland

2009: Melbourne, Victoria

2008: Sydney, New South Wales

6 All America Laughter Yoga conferences in 6 slideshows. Hundreds of pictures

I had been talking about it for a long time, and this is now a done thing.
The photo albums of the past 6 All America Laughter Yoga conferences are online.
Check it out.
(I am including a youtube video here in case you would like to have some music as you watch these pictures. If so, just play this video at the same time)

2011: San Diego, California

2010: Albuquerque, New Mexico

2009: Estes Park, Colorado

2008: Altadena, California

2007: Sierra Madre, California

2006: Oceanside, California

2011 All America Laughter Yoga Conference Slideshow

Pictures talk louder than words.
Here is a slideshow of the 2011 All America Laughter Yoga Conference that took place on 09/22-25 in San Diego, California, at the beautiful Town & Country Resort & Convention Center. A group of heart-centered people got together from all 4 corners of North America and as far as Ethiopia and Australia. The energy that this created alone gave participants already more than they were expecting. Then there was the program and close to 40 presenters who shared their knowledge and passion. This was our best conference to date.

Pain 10% more bearable after laughing with friends

Laughing with friends for around 15 minutes boosts a person’s pain threshold by an average of 10%, an international study has found.

A research team led by evolutionary anthropologists from Oxford University in the UK has concluded that the endorphins released by a big belly laugh in a social setting can make pain more bearable.

Noting that previous studies had found laughter was more likely when in a group than when alone, the researchers conducted experiments where groups of participants watched comedy clips, including Mr Bean, or live comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A control group was shown factual videos like golf tournament footage.

After viewing, the participants were given pain tolerance tests such as seeing how long they could withstand cold, a tight blood pressure cuff or do strenuous exercise.

“We tested the hypothesis that social laughter elevates pain thresholds both in the laboratory and under naturalistic conditions. In both cases, the results confirmed that when laughter is elicited, pain thresholds are significantly increased, whereas when subjects watched something that does not naturally elicit laughter, pain thresholds do not change (and are often lower),” the researchers wrote in their paper, which was titled “Social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold” and published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

“These results can best be explained by the action of endorphins released by laughter.”

Read the full article here.

It’s Seriously A Good Idea To Laugh At Yourself, Science Confirms

Are you really, truly capable of laughing at yourself?

If so, it’s a good sign that you have an optimistic personality and a good sense of humor, a new study suggests.

A small, new study in the journal Emotion of 70 people reveals that those who are really able to laugh at themselves are more cheerful and less serious than people who fake it.

Researchers tested the phenomena by first asking the study participants if they are able to laugh at themselves. Then, they took secret footage of the study participants as they saw — and laughed at — distorted pictures of themselves.

Researchers found that ability of people to laugh at themselves was not connected with how much they laughed at the images of other people — suggesting that it has more to do with a specific character trait, rather than just recognizing a funny photo when you see one, TIME reported.

In addition to being good for spirits, laughter has also been shown in past research to boost health. A small study presented this year at an American Heart Association meeting showed that listening to funny jokes or your favorite music could lower blood pressure possibly even as much as cutting salt from your diet or losing 10 pounds.

Read TIME’s full story here.