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Laughter Yoga On 60 Minutes Australia

In a lifetime of reporting, no one has ever asked Charles Wooley to go out and find ‘happiness’.

Reporters get assigned to droughts, floods, earthquakes, wars and misery aplenty.

But the elusive subject of human happiness? Where do you begin?

In Australia, people are living longer and richer lives than ever; yet they’re still complaining.

So Charles ventured forth on a strange journey of self-discovery to find out why we are so unhappy and how to put a smile back on our dials.

[pl_blockquote cite=”Charles Wooley, Anchor 60 Minutes Australia”] “In all my wanderings in the pursuit of happiness, I never really got happier than in the most infections atmosphere of this quite mad, but loveable, group of laughter clubbers.”
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See http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/stories/8354017/the-pursuit-of-happiness for the full transcript of this segment on the pursuit of happiness featuring Laughter Yoga.

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Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Danny Keens

Eight Happiness Exercises That Work

The regular practice of any of the following simple exercises will help you create a sense of greater happiness in your life. Just as the orange provides the juice, laughter provides the happiness.

  1. Write down three positive occurrences that happened during the day, every night for one week – then for each occurrence write down an answer to the question of why the good thing happened.
  2. Pro-actively email or call someone (anybody you want) to share good news only.
  3. Pro-actively email or call at least one person you like or love every day to catch up with them.
  4. Take a picture of yourself smiling every day for 21 days.
  5. Ask yourself constantly “why is this happening for me?” rather than “why is this happening to me?” Enhance the positive traits rather than rue and mull on the negative thoughts.
  6. Make optimistic attributions to real life situations as a preference to pessimistic conclusions. Read http://goo.gl/1Gx5R to learn more about this.
  7. Starting today, find an empty jar and take the time every month to fill it with notes about good things that have happened to you. Then, on New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened during the year. It’s a very good way to keep things in perspective! Use this opportunity to express gratitude, appreciation and forgiveness.
  8. First do everything you can to feel good (e.g. laugh!) daily, then practice positive affirmations and associate the feelings you have to them. Don’t ask for something you do not already have, affirm your gratitude for the knowing that it is coming.

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How can I laugh while travelling in public transportation without other people thinking I’m crazy?

The main challenge you face if/when you want to laugh in any public environment is your own mental conditioning of what you think you can and cannot do. It’s a big list of should and should nots, and it is self-imposed.

First things first: be clear on what it is you are trying to achieve. Do this for you, not for “them.” Laughing for “their benefit” is never authentic, lacks power, and can very easily be perceived as a form of aggression. Don’t go there. It’s unnecessary. Do it for you, that is: with them if they want to join or without them if they don’t. This is entirely different.

Next: you know rationally that laughing is good for you and hurts nobody else, so practice doing it over and over. Start with a smile. Once comfortable, upgrade to a giggle. The next step is to laugh freely and openly, because you can, whenever you want to.

It may help you to a) not make eye contact with anybody around you and b) find a socially acceptable way to do it. This could be putting a headset on your head, or a cellphone to your ear.

A different – clever – way is to get people to play, because playfulness naturally leads to laughter. Start blowing soap bubbles. Every time you make eye contact with someone, give them a bottle and invite them to do the same (buy them inexpensively at http://goo.gl/fUdsl). You will soon hear lots of laughter.

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In Lak’ech Ala K’in – the Living Code of the Heart

Ancient Greetings that all say the same thing: you and I are one

Namaste: from East India
Wiracocha: from the Inca
Mitakuye Oyasin: from the Lakota
In Lak’ech (the response is “Ala K’in”): from the Mayan

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The law of In Lak’ech Ala K’in

By Aluna Joy Yaxkin

In Mayan tradition, there is a greeting that many people working with Mayan wisdom know of. It is the law of In Lak’ech Ala K’in, which means I am another yourself (A modern day interpretation). It also means I am you, and you are me (A traditional Mayan interpretation). We have come to understand that this Mayan greeting is an honoring for each other. It is a statement of unity and oneness. In Lak’ech Ala K’in mirrors the same sentiment of other beautiful greetings such as Namaste for East India, Wiracocha for the Inca, and Mitakuye Oyasin for the Lakota. It doesn’t matter which culture you come from. But when one of these sacred greetings is given, there is always an action of placing the hands over the heart.

The more I walk the Mayan path, the more I understand the depth that In Lak’ech Ala K’in teaches. This greeting has become more than a simple, honorable Maya greeting. It has evolved into a moral code, and a way to create a positive reality for all life. As we near 2012 with all its doom and gloom prophecies, we have a moral obligation to Spirit to live the code of In Lak’ech Ala K’in.

It is common knowledge these days that every action we take in our lives affects all living things. We understand that if we act negatively, our actions impact all life negatively. When we act positively, we affect all life in a positive manner. When we live the Mayan code of In Lak’ech Ala K’in, we know that every action we take is out of respect for all life, and we are living and giving from our hearts.

We can give our hearts in a positive manner every day by saying In Lak’ech Ala K’in to each other, to the trees, to the sky, to the birds, and to the stars. You can greet each sunrise by saying In Lak’ech Ala K’in. Each and every day we have together is sacred, so acknowledge this day by giving it your heart. Remember when you give in this way, you are also giving to yourself! You are not giving your energy away to something separate from yourself. Y ou are giving to another part of yourself!

I understand the challenges in staying positive in these days where the energy is so compressed that we can hardly breathe, but there is one simple exercise that can turn it all around for us. Each day, simply walk in gratefulness. We can say In Lak’ech Ala K’in to that which gives us life everyday, and that is the heart of the Great Spirit. Instead of solely taking from the Great Spirit by asking for insight and direction, give back your heart, love, and appreciation. You will be amazed at the results. If we open our hearts and send gratitude, it opens all doors that were previously closed to us. Remember you are a part of Great Spirit! When you give to Great Spirit you are giving to yourself.

We can practice In Lak’ech Ala K’in tirelessly, because when and what we give to others is giving energy to ourselves. When we give, we receive. So how do we know if we giving right? It is really simple. When we are energized by our giving, we know we are giving from our hearts and from the code of In Lak’ech Ala K’in. If we feel drained or exhausted, it is possible that we gave out of fear, lack, obligation, ego, or a need to be accepted or liked. The more one practices In Lak’ech Ala K’in, the clearer we will become about our motivations regarding our actions, and the more we will receive. Remember . . . what goes around comes around exactly the way it was sent out. If you don’t like what life is sending to you, look at what you are sending out to life.

When we begin to live and practice In Lak’ech Ala K’in, a lot of our old ways of doing things will no longer work for us. For instance, we cannot act like victims anymore, and we cannot live out of fear either. We find ourselves no longer preparing for disaster; instead we anticipate a glorious future. It is time for us to rewrite the prophecies. They have become obsolete. The past will become just a bad dream, and the future will become a beautiful vision of which we will create right now.

When we practice In Lak’ech Ala K’in, we quit being neutral in our world, because we understand that Spirit works with those that take action. We begin to take action by adding to the positive experience of this dimension. So what kind of world do you want? Don’t just stand there waiting for the world to appear in front of you. Spirit helps those who help themselves. It is up to us.

When we practice the moral code of In Lak’ech Ala K’in, we are producing and sending positive and vital energy that can literally transform our troubled world into Paradise. When we live from In Lak’ech Ala K’in, we are putting to use our natural ability to create our reality. We are affecting the collective consciousness of humanity in a positive way. The Cosmic Maya, also known as the “Star Elders” or “Invisible Council”, understood this natural power to create their reality. Their sacred calendars mapped the natural laws of the universe. Now it is our turn to come to this understanding. It is time for us to walk as the Star Elders did so many years ago. The time has come for us to change the world.

The more humanity begins to live In Lak’ech Ala K’in, the less we will think in terms of our separateness. There can be no competition, jealousy or envy between us, because we are pieces of each other. We can share and help each other with our connections, ideas and resources without fear that there will not be enough to go around. When we live the reality of unity, abundance and wholeness, there will be unity, abundance and wholeness! The more of us that participate in the creation of a better world, the quicker it will arrive. We will have peace, love, harmony and unity, and will finally have arrived home.

The Duchenne Smile

Smiling is good for you!

It is believed that the Duchenne smile (named after the French researcher Guillaume Duchenne) is the only form of what one could call the “genuine” smile. It is achieved when your curl your upper lip inward and smile with your mouth as much as with your eyes.

The “Pan American smile,” on the other hand is the smile expressed to show politeness, for example by a flight attendant on the former airline with the same name. It only involves the muscles of the mouth and not the eyes.

The Duchenne Smile vs Pan American Smile

If you don’t think the Duchenne Smile can change your mood

Try the following facial expressions and see how they make you feel

If you don’t think you can spot the difference between a fake smile and a true (Duchenne) Smile

Can you spot a fake smile?

More valuable links on the value and importance of smiling

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4 Business Leads Found In The Laughter World News This Week

The following is of interest and value to trained and able Laughter Professionals.
Here is are 4 business leads found in the world news this week:

From New Zealand: Builders find plenty to laugh about – 1) Call your local Convention Center and ask them about their upcoming calendar of events. They rent space to people in your target market. 2) Call the event organizers and/or visit the website for each event. Note that they usually do a call for presenters about 6 months to 1 year before the actual event. Apply to present!

From Canada: Laughter Yoga in Schools – This one is just a reminder. There are plenty of schools everywhere. Call them and offer your services!

From The USA: This Laughter Professional is offering a Laughter Yoga + Sound Healing evening.
From India: This Laughter Professional partnered up with a poet and a Reiki Master for a happy evening.
The lead: partner up with local professionals in non-competing yet complementary activities! Together you will be stronger and have more success.

Why not organize a “One Minute To Win It” party?

Why not organize a “One Minute To Win It” party? It involves deceptively difficult – but hilarious – games with household objects that you can do at home, at work and at parties.

Learn more at www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it

Here is what it looks like:

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

A good book you may want to include in your Laughter Yoga library

In “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future“, Daniel Pink argues that business and everyday life will soon be dominated by right-brain thinkers. He identifies the roots and implications of transitioning from a society dominated by left-brain thinkers into something entirely different—although at times, he seems to be exhorting rather than observing the trend. As a narrator, Pink delivers in a well executed manner, with occasional hints of enthusiasm. He maintains a steady voice that is well suited for a business-oriented text, and his crisp pronunciation and consistent pace keeps listeners engaged and at ease.

Guess what: there is a whole chapter in this book extolling the values and virtues of Laughter Yoga. Read extracts here.

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Laughter is prompted both by contempt and joy. Always choose joy!

We know that the wisdom of ancient India was shared through stories, and that therefore all the stories from the Indian mythology (and every single detail in them) are loaded with powerful lessons on how to live a meaningful, rewarding and balanced life. What then do you think is the meaning of the following story?

A beautiful palace was built for the Pandavas called the Maya Sabha. While filled with luxuries, it was also filled with deception. Real doors could not be seen, and illusory doors were everywhere. There was only one lake, but the floors were such that they made you believe that there were plenty of lakes. Duryodhana (the cousin, yet enemy of the Pandavas) came to visit. He tried to enter a door, but hurt his head because it was not really a door but a wall. When he went further he saw a pool of water and tried to enter it, but it was not a pool but glass which looked like a pool so he hurt his foot with the glass. Seeing this, Draupadi, the Pandavas’ wife, started laughing loudly. This insulted Duryodhana so much that he vowed to take revenge on her (which he did, and she got into a lot of trouble).

To me the message of this story is summarized here: http://goo.gl/0SeUl (3rd paragraph):

Hasya or laughter and wit is classified into six types:

  1. Smita, or gentle smile
  2. Hasita, or smile
  3. Vihasita, or gentle laughter
  4. Upahasita, or laughter of derision
  5. Apahasita, or vulgar laughter
  6. Atihasita, or excessive laughter

These 6 types of laughter are grouped into 3 pairs.

  • Persons of superior status use smita and hasita
  • Persons of middle status use vihasita and upahasita
  • Persons of inferior status use apahasita and atihasita

Laughter is prompted both by contempt and joy. Always choose joy!