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Stress is too expensive to be ignored

In today’s fast moving and constantly changing world, people are struggling to keep up. This inability to cope is manifesting itself in stress related diseases such as cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and depression, to name a few.

Laughter is part of the solution

We all know that laughter is the best medicine, but after decades of study and research it is becoming widely accepted as a legitimate therapy to deal with a variety of diseases, as well as promote better overall wellness in body, mind and spirit.

Gain a leading edge in Wellness!

We teach Laughter Wellness, a complete, easily actionable methodology for wellbeing based on Laughter Yoga that uses safe and sound movements and behaviors of health, joy and connectedness. Laughter is the glue between all activities, and it is used as a form of elective exercise. There are no jokes, comedy or clowning and we do not even try to be or look funnyv. This is an activity that can be done standing or seated. No equipment or particular articles of clothing are required.

Here is how you can learn more:

Online trainings: Open 24/7/365. We’ve taken laughter education to a whole new level.

In-Person trainings: We have been training Laughter Professionals full-time since 2005.

Resources: The online Laughter Session Planner© is the ultimate tool for complete beginners and seasoned laughter professionals alike. We also have eBooks, DVDs, Audio CDs, Video Downloads and more.

“What we do is fun, but this is not entertainment. We help raise people’s positive level in the present so that their brain, work and business can experience a proven laughter advantage.”Sebastien Gendry, CEO Laughter Yoga America

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Why Laughter Yoga and Laughter Wellness Are Good For Your Bank Account,

Have you been stressed this year? If yes, could this have been instrumental in your having been depressed and/or sick as well, even if it didn’t last long? How much money did this cost you? How much time did you loose? What impact did it have on your personal and professional life? How did it impact your appetite? Energy? Sleep? You don’t need to tell. Official statistics already have. It’s a global phenomenon. Stress is a well known slow killer, is rampant in our society, and is VERY expensive on all levels. Its mechanisms are complex and it impacts everybody differently, but its end-result is easy to observe and explain: it creates havoc in the human body, leads to depression, kills creativity, isolates people when they most need social connections, and slowly destroys one’s self-esteem. Stress cannot be ignored. Why allow so much pain and unnecessary expenses when they can be substantially minimized in the first place? We can help.

I believe that Laughter Yoga could help lower America’s health-care costs. Dr Andrew Weil, in front of a US Senate committee

Medical science has known for decades that laughter can help resolve stress and many related health issues

For the most part, when you go and get medical treatment, a clinician is not necessarily going to tell you to take two aspirins and watch Laurel and Hardy, but the reality is that’s where we are and it’s more real than ever. There’s a real science to this. And it’s as real as taking a drug. Dr Lee Berk, Professor Of Medicine, Loma Linda University

Until now there has been no reliable and effective system to fully leverage the healing power of laughter. Humor was the only tool available, but it is time consuming, very cultural, and seldom leads to continuous hearty laughter. Yet researchers say that to consistently benefit therapeutically from laughter one should laugh heartily and continuously for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes at a time, at least three times per week.

Laughter Yoga is a breakthrough laughter delivery system that enables a person to laugh continuously for 15 to 20 minutes or more with short breaks of yogic breathing. You don’t need jokes, a sense of humor or comedy. It’s very easy.

We at the American School of Laughter Yoga have created Laughter Wellness, a complete, easily actionable methodology for wellbeing based on Laughter Yoga that uses safe and sound movements and behaviors of health, joy and connectedness. Laughter is the glue between all activities, and it is used as a form of elective exercise. There are no jokes, comedy or clowning and we do not even try to be or look funnyv. This is an activity that can be done standing or seated. No equipment or particular articles of clothing are required. It is easier than you think. This is Laughter Yoga 2.0.

Do you want more scientific proofs that laughter can help heal and recover?Do you want more scientific proofs that laughter can help heal and recover?

If this is not enough, we doubt you will ever be satisfied. As Rosner (1) reported, randomized controlled clinical trials have not been conducted validating the therapeutic efficacy of laughter. Benefits, however, have been reported in geriatrics (2) oncology (3-4), critical care (5), pain management (6), psychiatry (7-8), rehabilitation (9), rheumatology (10), home care (11), palliative care (12), hospice care (13), terminal care (14), and general patient care (15). These and other reports constitute sufficient substantiation to support what is experientially evident—laughter and humor are therapeutic allies in healing. The clinical bottom line: Until the scientists work out all the details, get in all the laughter that you can!

References
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Mark your calendar!

The 9th annual, 2014 All America Laughter Yoga conference will take place in Los Angeles, California, on October 26th, 2014. It will be the social chapter of a bigger event, the 2014 All America Laughter Wellness conference, that will run at the same location from Thursday night 10/22 until Saturday night 10/25th. More info soon.

2014 All America Laughter Yoga Conference