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Merv’s Blog, April 2011

Make A Wish Laugh for Kids Day

On the 25th March Laughter Yoga Australia in conjunction with the Make A Wish Foundation held Laugh for Kids day. This was held at venues around Australia. The one that I was involved with was GRRREAT and attracted lots of positive media. A sample of this can be found at the following link. http://media.theage.com.au/how-laughter-can-be-the-best-medicine-2252104.html?from=newsbox It’s interesting nowadays with technology that even the Print Media is going Video on their websites. For this reason it’s really important that you have your 1 to 2 minute summary about Laughter Yoga ready. How it started, why it’s so good for us, how it works, where it is at present, and just as importantly where it’s going. From this the media will take what it wants and portray us in a very positive way. Thanks to all of those who participated. The Make A Wish Foundation saw it as a great success and will want to do it again next year for sure.

World Laughter Day

Our next major event will be World Laughter Day. It is being held on Sunday the 1st May. Once again this is a GRRREAT opportunity for us to get together and promote our Vision of World Peace through Laughter. With the current unrest throughout the world at present we have a great opportunity to get our message out there with this event. All of the details for each state are on the LYOZ website http://www.laughteryoga-australia.org/.

Another Laughter Club

I am delighted to announce the start of another Laughter Club. Jen Smith (a long time Laughter Yoga friend) has started a club in Maclean NSW. Well done Jen. I hope this inspires others to follow your lead.

Laughter Yoga Business Training

People often ask me how I get paid $1500 or more for a Laughter Yoga presentation when they only get a few hundred dollars if they’re lucky. Having owned and operated my own businesses for more than 30 years, and now as a professional speaker, I find it easy. For this reason I have created a one day Laughter Yoga Business Training Program which enables you to learn some of these ideas. I will be running it on the Monday after the Conference. Why not come along and join me. If you’d like some more details on the content send me an email at mervneal@laughteryoga.org.

2011 Conference Presenters

Enquiries have started to come in to present at the Conference also. If you have a story to tell about your journey and experience with laughter Yoga the Conference is a great platform to do this. Just send me your details and a brief outline of what you would like to present and we’ll put you on the Agenda.

2011 Booking and Registration Form

We now have a Booking and Registration Form on the LYOZ website. This form has the details of all of the events being offered and prices. As there is limited on site accommodation I recommend you get in early to avoid disappointment.


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Laughter really is the best medicine for leg ulcers

Forget technology. The best prescription for patients with venous leg ulcers is good quality nursing care – and the occasional belly laugh!

A five-year study led from the University of Leeds has shown that ultrasound therapy does nothing to speed up the healing process of leg ulceration – contrary to what had been expected. Traditional methods of nursing care, which are cheaper and easier to deliver, work just as well, the authors conclude.

Read the full article at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/1559/laughter_really_is_the_best_medicine_for_leg_ulcers

When laughter really is the best medicine

Two years ago, Jody Ross was suffering from fibromyalgia-related pain, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue and mood disorders. Laughter Yoga changed her life. Today she no longer uses drugs for pain or sleep.

What did she do? She laughed. Why not try it yourself?

Read the full article at http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/117900559.html

Laughter Yoga helps with the pangs in a grief journey

Laugh for no reason? You just need to be willing to try. Participants in nurse  Patty Freier’s grief seminar at Childers Place had lost spouses, children, a brother or a sister and did just that. They got silly, dropped most inhibitions, let it go and gave themselves permission to laugh. “I liked it. I had one of those days where it was hard to stop crying, and I haven’t had one of those in awhile,” said Dianna Price after they were finished. “This was really good for me. Your mental outlook begins to change.”

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CNN Asia: Groups in Mumbai take the old saying about laughter being the best medicine literally

This is a nervous stand-up comedian’s dream audience. Not only will they laugh at anything, apparently they will also laugh at absolutely nothing. Laughter yoga, yes seriously, has become a popular stressbuster worldwide. It originated in Mumbai with Dr Madan Kataria who combined breathing exercises from yoga with laughter. The premise is that laughter — spontaneous or contrived — releases endorphins in the body that relieve anxiety.
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News: Yoga teacher brings laughter to seniors in Michigan

Even when there’s nothing funny going on, and especially when she’s a little blue, Cheryl Oliver forces herself to laugh, subscribing to the notion that not only is laughter — even simulated laughter — an immediate mood-lifter. It is the best medicine there is. “Just smiling can change your chemistry and make you healthier,” Oliver says, “so imagine what laughter does for you.” A serious-minded civil/environmental engineer for 22 years, today Oliver is a certified Laughter Yoga leader and life coach, determined to spread the gospel of just how good an old-fashioned belly laugh makes one feel.

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Mental Health: forced laughter is a mood enhancer, boosts psychological wellbeing

“Forced laughter is a powerful, readily available and cost-free way for many adults to regularly boost their mood and psychological wellbeing,” said Charles Schaefer, psychology professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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