Who We Are

About The Laughter Online UniversityThe Laughter Online University (LOU) is a world leading supplier of online education on laughter therapy. We currently have students in 82 countries and counting. Our mission is to integrate laughter into wellbeing solutions at home and at work. We offer professional online and in-person courses for adults as well as a variety of professional resources, articles and research to support the use of laughter for happier, healthier, and more integrated lives.

Our students and clients are people worldwide who are seeking or want to teach the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual benefits of laughter, and – more importantly- people who want to have fun making a difference in social and business settings.

LOU was founded by Sebastien Gendry, a leading global expert on Laughter Therapy and a visionary who acknowledged early in 2011 that we now live in a digital age and the ways in which we work, socialize and learn are changing. People are now used to receiving a continuous stream of digital information at a fast pace and incorporating it into their daily working and social lives – so why should the way we learn new skills be any different?

Online learning is an extremely valuable additional element to face-to-face trainings which supports and enriches existing teaching practices.

Read more about how blended learning can transform teachers' lives for the better
Benefits of blended learning for teachers

Meet our team

What makes us special

Beyond the quality of the education it offers, LOU’s success comes from its visionary strategy and supporting structure, professional standards, systems, and support.


The key business strategy for LOU is to provide online training (user-centered) and not just training online (teacher-centered). The key benefit is that the training and progress of the trainee is in the hands of the individual, as they can do it in their own time, at their own pace, to their own level, from anywhere, using most modern internet-enabled devices.


LOU has been designed with an element of variability that enables trainees to start at any level, and then progress from that point. This means that everyone from a “learner laugher” to an already “trained professional,” can join the program and advance from that point.


We have taken the process of quality seriously. All levels have been designed to ensure that the trainee transforms through learning, rather than merely gains information from reading. Our online trainings provide the unique opportunity for people to advance with rigorous assessment. Our trainings are peer-reviewed and validated.


The systems we use have been developed over many years. They are unique in that they are a refreshing, substantiated, and low cost approach to overall wellness that’s grounded in science and cognitive psychology. We follow the Laughter Wellness methodology. Our comprehensive online laughter session planner© allows session facilitators to easily access and retrieve out of over 1001 entries the exercises best adapted to the needs of each of their groups within minutes, thus relieving any kind of performance anxiety.


LOU offers continuing and interactive online support so its students are never left with their problems unresolved. Our comprehensive knowledge base is a repository of almost a decade of questions asked and answered in the field of laughter therapy, laughter wellness, and laughter yoga, all carefully filed so that they are easy to find.



  1. Vojtech February 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    hi, do you do training for teachers? Can I make a groups with your training online? Vojta

    • Sebastien Gendry February 25, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

      Yes, our online training teaches everything you need to know to lead 1-1 and group laughter sessions.

  2. Mary Witherall April 23, 2015 at 6:20 am - Reply

    I noticed you have several books on Laughter Wellness, is there one book or two you would recommend to learn how to introduce this to groups especially senior groups. I am Wellness Coach and Therapeutic Recreation professional and would like to use this as another tool to connect and introduce wellness to people in nursing homes and to employee wellness groups.

    It sounds like a fun and effective approach to overall wellness.

    Thank you.


  3. Dorothy Waterman June 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I am very interested in continuing my education in LY

    I have my teacher training. I would like to know what my next step is to share this wonderful and joyful experience in receptive places Thanks you!! Dorothy

    • Sebastien Gendry June 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      This is wonderful. With Laughter Yoga you’ve learned the basics and now know how to sail around the harbor of wellness. The various trainings and resources we offer will help you solidify what you know, and then show you how to leave this harbor and navigate with confidence the infinitely bigger and far more rewarding open waters of wellbeing.

  4. Ellen Brown March 1, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Hello Sebastien,
    I am remembering back to 2005 when I first met you!
    I would so much like to do laughter wellness and be a vital part of a community that I know is something I am good at and truly enjoy!
    Since I haven’t done anything for the past year I am just wondering if you might be able to suggest anything…. fun facts to know and tell, that might help me? In know I’ve let rejection get the best of me and have not been persistent.I think this is my calling..however I didn’t stay fresh like you?

    Thank-you for your persistence and talent showing forth the benefits and real wealth…your health! Because it does matter!

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