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Laughter Wellness Primary Certification 2017-10-14T22:16:44+00:00

Laughter Wellness Primary Certification Program

Our Certification Programs: Primary Certification > Certified Laughter Wellness FacilitatorTrainer > Consultant
Learn the science of laughter and how to integrate laughter into your personal life.

  • Pre-requirements: None. This course is open to all.
  • Duration: It’s your education, your way. We offer a self-paced study so you create the learning schedule that works best for you. (See “How it works” below.)
  • Effort: About 16 hours.

How it works

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This introductory course is for

  • Anyone interested in learning more in laughter, its many benefits, and how to add more laughter and joy into their personal life.
  • Anybody working with people: World of coaching and counseling, HR, education, entertainment, sales, tourism…
  • Exercise, healing and medical professionals at large.
  • Teaching professionals at large, whatever the age group of your students.

Your diploma

To complete this certification program and get your Primary Laughter Wellness Certification you need to pass the final quiz with a minimum mark of 80 out of 100. (Multiple retakes are allowed.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the training materials available for review after completion of my chosen course? 2017-02-22T20:33:46+00:00

Absolutely!

When you subscribe to any of our online trainings you get access to all of the included resources as long as your membership remains active (you get 12 months to start with, then you must renew for a low price if you want to keep it active).

Are there contraindications to laughing? 2017-10-14T17:34:51+00:00
Are there hidden fees? 2017-02-22T20:31:22+00:00

There are no hidden fees. What we advertise is what you pay, and that’s it.

Are there minimum health requirements to attend an in-person training? 2017-10-14T21:10:55+00:00

Each individual participating in any of our in-person program is responsible for his or her own insurance needs (be it accidental and or medical). By signing up to any of our workshops, trainings or events you implicitly agree that you have read, agree without reserve and comply with all of the following:

  1. You have read and fully understand that Laughter Wellness exercises are equivalent to any other aerobic exercise and therefore accept full responsibility for your physical fitness and declare that you are able to participate in this event.
  2. You release the facilitators/teachers/instructors from any liability, should there be any accidental injuries that may occur during the laughter yoga exercises.
  3. You have consulted your physician and are able to participate in your chosen event. You further declare that you are not suffering from any of the following conditions: uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, epilepsy, any kind of hernia, severe backache or major psychiatric disorder.

Health disclaimer, liability waiver and release

We are enforcing the following waiver because of our sincere concern for your best health and safety. It is our hope that it will help you make an informed decision as to if and how you should proceed with the exercises presented to you in our products, trainings and services.

Although voluntary laughter exercises have proven to be safe in most instances, individuals with physical or psychological medical histories should definitely consult the appropriate medical health professional for specific guidance prior to using these or any exercise routine.

  • I understand that I am learning only techniques to help improve health and personal wellbeing from my Laughter Wellness facilitators, teachers, instructors and providers (herein referred to as Facilitators)
  • I understand that the facilitators are not medical health providers and the individual instruction they are offering is not to obtain information about my personal physical or emotional health.
  • This individual instruction is to obtain educational information on skills to implement simulated laughter exercises and not for providing personal health advice.
  • I understand that the facilitators are not treating any physical or emotional condition that I may have.
  • I am totally responsible if I choose to implement any techniques that I learn from the facilitators and realize I need not accept any educational information that the facilitators present in this laughter session planner.
  • I recognize that it is my personal responsibility to consult my physician before implementing any techniques that the facilitators discuss in their individual instruction.

If the information presented in any of the courses offered by facilitators is used without consultation and approval of a physician, the individual will be diagnosing for him or herself. No responsibility is assumed therefore by the facilitators for the use of the information contained in these courses in lieu of a doctor’s services. Some of the techniques discussed in the instruction may be dangerous when improperly used. I accept that it is my full responsibility if I attempt to self-treat based on information in these instructions. The information presented in all the courses offered through the facilitators are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Are your trainings endorsed by any known international yoga institute? 2017-10-14T17:22:10+00:00

No, but then to our knowledge no Laughter Therapy training in the world, whatever the tradition, is currently endorsed by any known international yoga institute.

For reference, know that we are an approved training provider of the IICT:

Are all your diplomas internationally recognized? 2017-10-14T17:18:13+00:00

Yes, our diplomas are recognized internationally, however please check your own country and state requirements for full details specific to you and your area. All around the world people will know that you trained with a leading expert in the field and this will reflect positively on you.

For reference, know that we are an approved training provider of the IICT:

Are your trainings tax deductible? 2017-10-14T21:14:03+00:00

Money spent on continuing education, when taken to maintain and improve professional skills, is tax deductible. There are also other business circumstances that may make such expenses tax deductible. Please contact your accountant for details.

Can I download the videos? 2017-02-22T20:30:47+00:00

Yes, you can. What you can’t do though is share them or post them online. Unless explicitly mentioned otherwise, all of the material inside the LOU campus (that’s everywhere on our website after you have had to login) is copyrighted and we take this topic very seriously. In general: We already share a lot of free resources. Please respect our work.

Can I get a copy of the training on a CD or DVD? 2017-02-22T20:33:28+00:00

Unfortunately, no we do not provide a CD version for any of our online trainings at this point in time. There are too many interactive and multi-media elements for us to be able to do that using the technology we currently have.

Can I login from any computer with my username and password, or am I limited to a single computer? 2017-02-22T20:33:19+00:00

Yes, you can login from any internet-connected computer. However, you can only be logged in to one computer at a time. Our automated system monitors your logins and usage. If it appears that the system is being abused, you will be alerted. You should consider changing your password by editing your profile in the Members area to stop further activity. If continued abuses are logged, you may be in violation of our Terms and Conditions, and your account may be reviewed for possible cancellation.

Can I sign up for one of your online trainings and allow multiple users to access it? 2017-02-22T20:33:37+00:00

No, you cannot.

First of all this will annoy everybody if you all use the same computer as our learning system keeps track of one person’s progress per account.

Second this will put you at risk of an automatic account freeze as this is a breach of agreement and our server tracks the number of individual IP addresses accessing each individual account.

Third, and to be clear, each subscription is only valid for one person. We offer significant discounts for multiple users, making it worthwhile getting a subscription for each employee. Please contact us for multi-user pricing.

Can I still have access to the site after I get my diploma? 2017-10-14T17:25:41+00:00

Absolutely!

You can access all of the material and resources associated with your training as long as you subscription is valid, which it s a full 12 months from the day of your purchase.

Can I take the courses on my iPhone or smartphone? 2017-02-22T20:31:50+00:00

Yes. Likewise, you can take a shower with a raincoat on – it’s technically possible – but that’s not necessarily the most enjoyable way to do that. It’s your call, really.

Can I take more than one training at a time? 2017-02-22T20:32:43+00:00

You can do anything you want, and our advice is that you take one course at a time and complete it before you move on to the next.

Can I use the training to help myself? 2017-10-14T17:27:04+00:00

A good education as a laughter teacher begins with understanding yourself and using strategies to improve your own life and circumstances. When you are courageous enough to work on yourself, you gain the experience and “muscle” to help others in a more effective and heartfelt way. Most of our students experience significant personal growth during the first several months, and then learn how to use that personal change to help others.

Can I videotape or do a sound recording of the training? 2017-10-14T21:06:04+00:00

We allow informal and low-tech videotaping or sound recording of the workshop provided (1) it is for personal use only and (2) it does not interfere with the class.

Can one make a full-time living as a teacher of laughter? 2017-10-14T17:35:04+00:00

Here is the fact: Many people who train as a Laughter Professional with a reputable organization add several $1,000s to their annual income. Many of our own students do so, helping their own clients of all ages to laugh to “live fully until they die” in a variety of social, professional and corporate settings.

Here is the catch: For them laughter is an extra revenue stream. It’s not their sole source of income.

The unpleasant truth is that very few people in the world manage to have a full time career as a laughter professional “that pays the bills and hopefully more.” Many have tried and keep trying, but you cannot stay at survival level forever when you have a family.

Being self-employed is not easy in any field of activity. According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. Relying on yourself for your income is a very different ballgame from receiving a monthly check, rain or shine. Nobody will come come running after you just because you have learned something that’s truly amazing. Are you ready for the challenge?

There is lots of value in having an experienced business coach, but select yours carefully before you commit money to the relationship. You will duplicate the experience of whoever is coaching/mentoring you, so (1) make sure that it’s something worth duplicating and that they have a proven track record, and (2) get a clear picture from them on what you will need to do to succeed commercially following their expert advice. You might not be willing/ready to invest the necessary dedication/time to this project.

Ask how many paying presentations / trainings / clients they themselves have had or have helped their students to have in the pasts 12 months (“many” and “lots” are not a number, and what they did years ago is now outdated). Also ask what gross and net income this actually generated (“5 digits income” is too vague. $10k is not the same thing as $90k). In short: Your proposed business coach does not need to be a good salesperson or a great public speaker themselves, but if they are not then they do need to have a proven track record helping others be that.

Here is our default advice: don’t plan on quitting your full time job just yet. Start somewhere and build from there.

Gain some expertise both facilitating laughter interventions AND as public speaker.  There are many groups in every community that are constantly looking for free speakers (I firmly believe that you will only be able to start calling yourself a Laughter Professional after a minimum of 50 hours of hands-on practice).

Get comfortable selling. One way to learn that skill for free is to volunteer doing fundraising a few hours per week for a local widow’s and children’s fund until you are not afraid of knocking on doors and be rejected anymore.

Educate yourself on how to best market and sell a service. Lots of good books have been written on that topic. (See a suggested link below.)

Remember that there are no mistakes, only learning curves.

In short: go out and do something now. Learn to plan, implement and review, then do it again.

Here are resources you should study:

Do I have to attend the classes or calls live? 2017-09-22T18:28:01+00:00

We strongly recommend that you do, and if you can’t you can always watch the recorded video at a time that suits you. Unless otherwise specified all recordings are stored in the directory of the LOU Pro Discussion Forum associated with your training level.

Do I have to be online at a specific time to take a training? 2017-10-14T17:24:10+00:00

Yes and no, but more no than yes.

No: Our online trainings are available around the clock 24/7/365, which means that you can sign-in to study at any time, day or night.

Yes: Your chosen training may include some live and interactive webinars. While those are recorded so that you can watch them at your convenience, we encourage you to login at the scheduled hour to get the most benefits. Live attendance is however not a requirement.

Do I need any particular software to access the online trainings? 2017-02-22T20:32:38+00:00

We live in an increasingly complex world that needs not be intimidating. Make sure all your software are up-to-date and you will never have any problem, anywhere.

If you can read this and did not have to wait undue amounts of time for this page to display, you already have all the technology you need to enjoy most of the tools in our online training suite.

That’s it.

As a rule of thumb, a DSL connection with a downstream bandwidth of at least 1 Mbps or higher is recommended for smoothest playback of online videos. You can test your downstream bandwidth at www.speedtest.net

Do I need special insurances to be a teacher of laughter? 2017-10-14T22:19:45+00:00

In general: This will depend on your country, state, and the types of people you help. Please check the specific guidelines and requirements for you and your area.

In particular: If you have checked and you are not covered by anybody else’s general liability policy, then it is a good idea to get your own for peace of mind. You may want to review your existing insurance policies and/or ask your insurance broker for advice. You may not need a new plan.

For insurance purposes Laughter Wellness professionals are akin to fitness or yoga professionals. The cost of public liability insurance in the USA varies between $125 and $300 per year. Popular insurance companies include www.phly.comwww.alternativebalance.net, www.sportsfitness.comIDEA Health & Fitness Association and Yoga Journal.

Read more.

Do you have free trainings? 2017-10-14T17:13:06+00:00

Here are the free options that we offer.

  1. Get your free Laughter Wellness starter kit.
  2. Read and practice along the videos on How to Kick-Start Your Laughter And Keep It Going
  3. Subscribe to our free membership and study and practice what you will find there, in particular in the LOU TV section.
  4. Join a Laughter Club near you, online or on the phone.
  5. Read our article “How to get what you want.

Success to you!

Do you offer a training that entitles me to run my own Laughter club? 2017-10-14T17:15:01+00:00

Let’s be clear on this one: There are no legal requirements to run a laughter club or offering your own laughter programs if you feel you are ready for that. All laughter education does (ours and everybody else’s) is (1) help you learn much faster the art and science of laughter therapy and avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes and (2) give you access to an established brand name and material. It does come with an upfront price, but saves you lost of time, headaches and therefore money in the end.

Do you offer Continuing Education Credits (CNEs, CMEs)? 2017-10-14T21:15:41+00:00

We do not offer continuing education credits at this point in time but this is something we are working on so stay tuned. In the meantime we are happy to provide all the needed documentation for you to apply yourself with your state professional board.

Do you offer discounts or scholarships? 2017-10-14T16:21:39+00:00

We do offer group discounts, e.g., couples and multiple family members within the same household. Contact us for more information.

We are unfortunately not able to offer scholarships at this point in time, e.g., for students or seniors. The reason is that with us you don’t simply get information (watch this, read that) but real training, which means we follow an interactive process with built-in feedback mechanisms that guarantees you will truly learn and get better at it. (If practice was all there is to learning then every donkey in the world would be a master.) This process is time consuming for us too and our current pricing is already carefully calculated.

If your budget is tight for whatever reason we encourage you to do the following:

  1. Get your free Laughter Wellness starter kit.
  2. Read and practice along the videos on How to Kick-Start Your Laughter And Keep It Going
  3. Subscribe to our free membership and study and practice what you will find there, in particular in the LOU TV section.
  4. Join a Laughter Club near you, online or on the phone.
  5. Read our article “How to get what you want.

Success to you!

Do you offer payment plans? 2017-10-14T16:22:44+00:00

Yes, we do offer easy payment plans whereby an agreed amount is charged directly to your bank account or credit card every month. Contact us for more information.

How do I contact support? 2017-10-14T17:22:36+00:00

The best way to get help from support is to send us an email at support@thelaughterconsultants.com (our mother company) and we’ll respond to you as quickly as possible.

How do I get there and where do you recommend I sleep? 2017-10-14T21:15:01+00:00

You will receive a summary email about the exact location of your chosen training and nearby sleeping options as soon as you sign up. If your chosen training is in the USA here is a list of free resources you may find useful in planning your trip:

  • Check airlines fares through https://www.kayak.com/flights.
  • Get from the airport to your destination using Supershuttle shared taxis, Uber or Lyft.
  • Find nearby hotels using the training address with Orbitz.com. Consider the  airbnb.com alternative, or even couchsurfing.com if you are on a budget.
  • Contact your teacher directly and tell them what your needs are! S/he may be able to help you connect with another participant driving from your area, or looking to share a hotel room.
How does the Laughter Wellness method expand and enrich Laughter Yoga? 2017-10-14T17:37:54+00:00

There are numerous, all very good, Laughter Therapy programs in existence today that will each teach you something valuable. The question is not really about which one is best but rather which one will serve you best based on your own personality, learning style, and what you want to achieve. Find out who the founder of your method of choice is and learn more about that person. Search youtube.com to see videos of him or her in action. Some methods are strongly influenced by the world of humor and heavily rely on jokes, props, funny hats, clown noses, tutus, clown wigs, etc. Others are experienced in improv’ theater, art, music or dance therapy, meditation, tai-chi, hypnosis, 1-1 coaching…and have combined their skills with laughter. Find out if it’s a solo or 1-1 practice, or if they teach group dynamics.

The Laughter Wellness method is a solid synthesis of the best techniques and exercises available today in the world of Laughter Therapy at large. We believe in playfulness that leads to personal growth, joy-filled techniques and exercises that promote a deeper level of awareness, and positive and empowering human connections that foster social harmony. The strategies we have developed engender confidence and the scope of our teaching material offer facilitators endless variations when they add their own creativity. You can learn with us in person or online, at the beginning of your journey or after years of practice as a laughter professional. Either way we guarantee you will learn a lot, and offer a full money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied with our program.

I already laugh a lot. Why do I need Laughter Wellness? 2017-10-14T17:34:14+00:00

You don’t. It depends on what you want to achieve. Let’s review two important concepts:

Spontaneous laughter (which you are talking about) is unrelated to one’s free will, and is triggered by different (external) stimuli and positive emotions. Humor belongs to this group, amongst several other techniques. It has been around since time immemorial, with mixed results. Although often associated, it is important to note that laughter and humor are distinct events. Whereas humor is a stimulus that can occur without laughter, laughter is both an emotion and a response and can occur without humor.

Intentional (voluntary) laughter (which we teach) is a safe, reliable and sustainable way to tap into your own inner cellular pharmacy and use laughter to promote health, wellness and well being. It offers important benefits that the occasional spontaneous laughter of daily life does not:

  • It’s a valid alternative. Imagine cutting a lemon in half, and squeezing it in your mouth. How do you feel? The more vividly you imagine this experience is, the stronger your body will react. Your mind knows there is no lemon, but your body doesn’t. It’s the same phenomenon when you intentionally choose to laugh. Your mind will always know the difference between simulated and genuine laughter, but your body won’t because it can’t think. The body can only feel.
  • It lasts longer and offer more benefits. Just like with any form of exercise, 20-60 minutes of continuous practice will give you much more benefits than just a few seconds at a time. The spontaneous laughter that naturally occurs in daily life, in comparison, only comes for a few seconds here and there and does not produce the same level of benefits.
  • It’s an easy way to reliably access your own inner cellular pharmacy. Laughter acts as a pump and stimulates the cleansing of the lymph system by creating a vacuum effect that pulls the lymph through the bloodstream. This increases the rate of toxic elimination by as much as 15 times the normal rate. In daily life, deep belly laughter is rare and generally short-lived when it does occur.
  • It’s a safe way to release tension. Choosing to laugh allows people to vocalize rather than verbalize tension and safely diffuse it. Humans are feelings machines, and the flux of emotions is not always easy to control. In daily life, people resist the urge to laugh, cry, scream, or otherwise be emotional, but emotions are illogical, irrational, and unreasonable. When you have too much of them, they just come out. Imagine a pressure cooker. It’s the same phenomenon. At some point, no matter how strong it is, it will explode if the pressure inside keeps building. Learning to release inner tensions without narrative solely through the expression of sound helps people see reality more clearly, without personal distortions.
  • It is sustainable. Intentional laughter is always new, fresh and different. It’s the purest form of laughter there is because there is no reason for it. It is free of conditions, beyond culture and time, and requires no particular setup or equipment.
  • It is reliable. The Laughter Wellness method is a fully codified and substantiated approach to Laughter Therapy. There is nothing to stop you from laughing when you want to. From a therapeutic perspective, the spontaneous laughter of daily life is not reliable because it is dependent on too many factors outside of your control.
  • It’s a tool for personal development.  Choosing to laugh forces a shift in attitude from “I can’t” into “I can.” In time the belief that laughter is “nowhere” evolves into the realization that laughter is “now here”. This promotes a positive mindset and everything that comes with it. Would you still be able to laugh if everything that makes you happy and feel good disappeared overnight? The answer is most probably no, and this is why our approach to laughter can be of great benefit to you, even if you already laugh a lot. It will help put the reasons why you laugh inside of you, not outside, and teach you equanimity. Only one who knows how to create a balance between favorable and unfavorable situations can maintain balance of mind and his composure.
I already trained with another laughter school. What am I going to learn with you that I don’t already know? 2017-10-14T17:21:19+00:00

Let’s put it this way: We offer a 30 day full money back guarantee and nobody so far has ever requested a refund because the training or resource(s) they purchased lack depth.

Laughter is a creative activity akin to any other creative activity: It’s a world of infinite possibilities. We offer a refreshing integrative perspective into the world of laughter therapy that many people appreciate and value no matter what level of expertise they already have.

I am a Laughter Yoga Leader/Teacher. Can I start directly with the trainer and/or consultant certification program? 2017-10-14T17:21:12+00:00

If you want to become a Certified Laughter Wellness Trainer: No you can’t, and that’s in your best interest. Even though very complimentary to Laughter Yoga, the Laughter Wellness method follows a different approach and protocol and we can tell you from experience that it takes a bit of time to adjust. When ready to attend the 5-day in-person training you should come to review and deepen your knowledge, not to learn something completely new altogether. You can complete this Laughter Wellness facilitator training online (you’ll also get a 50% discount!)

If you want to become a Certified Laughter Wellness Consultant: Yes you can, as the goal of this particular training is not to teach you a particular laughter methodology but take your existing skills to professional level and give you the confidence to go out there and confidently offer for-fee laughter programs in the community.

I am new to the world of laughter therapy. Where should I start? 2017-10-14T16:23:23+00:00

First things first! Thank you for your interest and well done on your decision to pursue it deeper.

Start here.

I am sick. Can the Laughter Wellness method heal me? 2017-10-14T17:36:34+00:00

Laughter may be a powerful, documented and inexpensive form of complementary medicine, yet it is not and cannot be a substitute for medical treatment. We do not recommend nor suggest in any way shape or form that you discontinue your current treatment plan if you have one. Please share what you are doing with your primary health physician and follow his/her advice. Read more about the contraindications of laughter.

Is internet access always required? 2017-02-22T20:31:59+00:00

This is one of those questions that’s both a yes and a no. You can download a lot of our material and study it offline but not all of it. Overall, having easy access to a good broadband or network connection will guarantee an optimal experience of our online training modules. If you do not have a computer and/or internet access, then consider visiting your local library. Most have those and offer them as a free service to the general public.

Is there a time requirement to finish the online training? 2017-10-14T17:25:36+00:00

The only requirement for you to complete your chosen training is that you have an active membership. You can take years to complete the class if you want to. Our learning center is open 24/7/365 and your membership is valid for 12 calendar months. You can renew after that for a small fee.

Is this a lifetime certification? If not, what are the renewal criteria? 2017-10-14T18:37:19+00:00

We offer lifetime certifications, but only endorse and support Laughter Wellness Professionals who are committed to their professional growth and keep their knowledge up-to-date. This can be done by attending an annual laughter conference (e.g. the All America Laughter Conference) or maintaining an active membership with the Laughter Online University ($99/year).

Is your certificate the same as the Laughter Yoga teacher diploma? 2017-10-14T17:19:43+00:00

First things first: We offer 4 levels of trainings, each with an associated diploma. Read more.

Overall: There is no straight answer to this question. It’s like trying to compare an orange with a grapefruit. Both are citrus fruits with lots in common, yet each has very distinct characteristics. Whichever your chosen training level we incorporate the best of Laughter Yoga at that expertise level, always within a much wider framework. What this means is that you will learn more, but you will also have to study and practice more.

Is your site reliable? Is it safe to supply my credit card online? 2017-02-22T20:31:13+00:00

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers) on our website, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). When Credit Card details are collected, we simply pass them on to our bank in order to be processed as required. We do NOT store credit card information on our local server. We follow generally accepted industry standards (firewalls and other security measures) to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. Read our privacy policy.

You are welcome to call us at +1 626 755 5999 in case you prefer to pay on the phone. We also accept money orders.

Laughing is not difficult. Why do I need to pay for training? 2017-10-14T17:35:10+00:00

Do you understand this: 1+1=2 ?

Most likely the answer is a clear yes.

Does this mean however that you understand mathematics?

Our point is that what we think there is to learn is not necessarily what there indeed is to learn.

There is always more.

What you pay for is instant access to a knowledge that people like ourselves who have spent years of their lives refining their craft can give you in a very short period of time.

Read this story.

Should you ask participants to sign a non-disclaimer form each time you laugh together? 2017-10-14T17:37:06+00:00

Ignore everything the fear-mongers have to say: In the end it’s only up to you.

If you resonate with the idea and it makes you feel more comfortable, then the answer is absolutely yes (You can download a template disclaimer form here (In microsoft .doc format: http://lou.pm/ddoc). This form is offered as a service only and has not been reviewed by a lawyer. I do not guarantee its legal validity.) They have value as a form of prevention, in that they reinforce the message that people are responsible for their own health. From a legal viewpoint, however, they offer no real protection. In the USA a non-disclaimer form must be read out loud and signed in front of a witness to be valid in Court, and even that is not a guarantee you will win a lawsuit.

Just for the record, several laughter practitioners and Community Laughter Clubs have been taken to court over the years in various countries around the world, but none for health reasons so far. The consistent complaint is noise disturbance, and the request of the attacking party is to “stop the cacophony.” Read a typical example here.

What can’t I bring to an in-person training? 2017-10-14T21:14:20+00:00
  • Illegal / hallucinatory drugs of any kind, alcoholic anything and pets are not allowed in any of our trainings (unless service animals).
  • Incense, Candles.
  • In consideration of those with chemical sensitivities, kindly refrain from wearing anything that has a scent or fragrance.
  • Please keep your cell phone switched off or on vibrate mode during all training sessions.
What do I need to bring to an in-person training? 2017-10-14T21:14:32+00:00
  • A big smile.
  • A bottle of water.
  • A mat or cushion to lay on (All floor exercises are optional.)
  • Pen & paper for taking notes.
  • Lunch is not provided, so we invite you to bring food to share for a communal experience. Alternatively, know that our trainings are always in the vicinity of restaurants.
  • Optional: Flyers, business cards, any marketing literature you would like to showcase and/or share.
  • Optional: A portable storage device (e.g., a USB key.) We always have electronic resources that we are willing to share.
What do I need to wear / How should I dress for an in-person training? 2017-10-14T21:14:55+00:00

Unless otherwise specified there is no dress code for our trainings and workshops. Bring any clothes that make you feel good.

What do I need to do to graduate online? 2017-10-14T17:24:02+00:00

To graduate online with us you need to have an active LOU account and complete all of your course requirements. See each individual course description for a list of what that is.

What forms of payment do you accept? 2017-02-22T20:31:05+00:00

We accept all major credit cards, money orders cash for local customers, and numerous other payment alternatives (not everybody has a credit card.) Contact us for more information.

The only thing we don’t accept are personal checks.

What if I can’t attend a weekly online webinar? 2017-10-14T16:22:54+00:00

Life happens and that’s OK. We record all our online webinars and you will be able to both view them online and/or download them at your convenience about 2 hours after they end.

What internet browsers do you support? 2017-02-22T20:31:41+00:00

We rely on current mainstream internet technology that is platform independent. The experience you will have with us will be the same as the one you have normally browsing the internet and watching videos on sites such as www.youtube.com and www.vimeo.com, regardless of what browser or device(s) you are using.

In the extremely rare event where what we offer doesn’t work on your existing setup then all you have to do is cancel within 30 days of your purchase and we will refund you in full.

This being said, we recommend that you use an up-to-date major browser (e.g., chrome, firefox, internet explorer, safari) with a modern device that is less than 3 years old. This is not a must-have, but it will make your experience much more enjoyable.

What is different between your online and in-person certification programs? 2017-10-14T16:24:28+00:00

What is different is how you receive your laughter education. Training online will give you access to much more content and therefore more “knowing” but also less “owning” because of the lesser degree of “live” practice time in a group with a feedback from your teacher. To be clear, nothing can beat an in-person training with an able trainer. This is what we recommend if you have that option. You can always come back to us later if/when you want to learn more.

What is your cancellation and refund policy? 2017-10-14T21:00:39+00:00

Online Trainings and Subscriptions

All our online trainings and subscriptions come with a full 30 day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied, then we’re not. To get your refund simply contact us and kindly tell us the reason for your refund request, so that we can learn from it. We stand behind our products and are committed to your success because we want to grow with you. Your refund will occur within 30 business days following your cancellation.

In-person Trainings

We realize that work and personal commitments may change, and the date originally booked may no longer be suitable. It is vital that our office is notified at the earliest possible time, if you are unable to attend the course

All cancellations and transfers must be made in writing, signed and faxed to +1 800 963 1385. We will confirm receipt within 48h. If you do not hear back from us within 48h of your cancellation or transfer request, you must call us at +1 626 755 5999.

  • We’re easy and understand that all cancellations are due to unforeseen reasons. As a rule of thumb we will always refund you what you have paid us in full, minus a fixed administration fee of US$50.00 per delegate.
  • Note however that there are regular instances when our events do sell out. If this is the case  and you notify us only within the last 7 days prior to course commencement, then sadly yes, 100% of the course value is payable. Should this happen to you and as a sign of goodwill then we will offer you to transfer your registration to another of our events.
  • If a delegate does not attend and notice of cancellation or transfer has not been made in writing then the invoiced amount is still payable.
  • Transfers, credit notes and gift vouchers are valid only once. If you are unable to attend the course the full amount is still payable.
  • Replacement participants are welcomed at no additional cost.

In Case We Cancel – Anything can happen any time to anybody, including us. The Laughter Online University and its parent company The Laughter Consultants, LLC, reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. If we cancel a program, you will receive a full refund. We recommend you contact your travel agent to purchase travel insurance in the event that you need to cancel or change your travel plans.

What is your refund policy? 2017-02-22T20:31:31+00:00

All our online trainings and subscriptions come with a full 30 day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied, then we’re not. To get your refund simply contact us and kindly tell us the reason for your refund request, so that we can learn from it. We stand behind our products and are committed to your success because we want to grow with you. Your refund will occur within 30 business days following your cancellation.

What will I be able to call myself once I complete the training? 2017-10-14T17:19:55+00:00

We recommend you use the title associated with your training level. Claim it with pride. It has value.

When can I start working with clients? 2017-10-14T17:27:31+00:00

Any time you feel ready. This is a very personal decision and often has a lot to do with one’s previous life experience. We recommend you teach a minimum of 50 laughter sessions before you consider selling your laughter services. In the meantime, attend your local Laughter Club or start one yourself to build your confidence. We also recommend that you start explaining what you are learning to friends and family members. Teaching is often the best way to learn and it will be great practice for your client work.

Where can I experience a group Laughter Wellness session? 2017-10-14T18:41:04+00:00

We are currently working on creating a directory of Laughter Wellness teachers around the world. There is a listing of community Laughter Clubs here.

We also encourage you to look at How to Kick-Start Your Laughter And Keep It Going.

Where can I buy public liability insurance to teach Laughter Wellness? 2017-10-14T18:37:58+00:00

If you have checked and you are not covered by anybody else’s general liability policy, then it is a good idea to get your own for peace of mind.

Always give ample of consideration to safe practice if you choose to go without! You may also want to review your existing insurance policies and/or ask your insurance broker for advice. You may not need a new plan.

For insurance purposes Laughter Wellness Teachers are akin to fitness or yoga professionals.

Who qualifies for insurance?

Here what our own insurance www.sportsfitness.com says about this:

“We offer a general liability policy that includes coverage for Professional Liability and Sexual Abuse and Molestation, so the coverage is much broader than a simple general liability policy.  This is a specialized policy developed for yoga and fitness professionals. 

Our insurance program is not for specific yoga certifications, but for yoga teachers in general.  We may ask for certifications on our applications, but that is simply a tool for us to track where the business is coming from.  In the event of a claim, I cannot envision a scenario where we would deny a claim based on certification, or lack thereof.  Our policy has NO exclusionary language related to certifications.”

You may want to check the exact requirements of your chosen insurance. Call them. In case there is ever a claim the last thing you want is to find out that your insurance is invalid.

Where can you get insured?

The cost of public liability insurance in the USA varies between $125 and $300 per year.

Here are options you may want to investigate that we know of, from cheaper to more expensive (the more you pay, the more you get).

USA:

Canada
  • Being a member of CanFitPro (a fitness organization) makes you eligible for liability insurance (very affordable), which you can then get through www.sthunt.com

Australia

UK and Ireland
Please let us know if you know more providers, in these or other countries!

Will I need a state license to practice? 2017-10-14T17:00:02+00:00

In general: This will depend on your country and state, the types of people you help and who is paying you. Please check the specific guidelines and requirements for you and your area.

In America: There are currently no regulations on Laughter Wellness teachers, or any other types of Laughter Professionals for that matter. You do not need to be certified, registered, or licensed in order to offer laughter programs. This means that unless required by an establishment (e.g., gym or health club) instructors are not required to hold any certification in order to work as an instructor. In fact, some of the most experienced and well-known teachers have never been certified, registered, or licensed. That is because “Laughter Therapy” is a relatively recent concept, especially in regards to teaching it.

Will I receive a hard copy of the diploma or just a soft copy? 2017-10-14T21:22:06+00:00

We will mail you a hard copy of your diploma (Laughter Wellness Facilitator, Trainer or Consultant) for free shortly after you complete your training.

Will my membership automatically renew? 2017-10-14T17:12:35+00:00

No. You can purchase in confidence knowing that we won’t bill you in the future without your explicit consent.

Will the diploma include the word “online” ? 2017-10-14T17:23:53+00:00

Our online diplomas (if the membership you are subscribed to includes one) are issued by the Laughter Online University.

Will your trainings help me pursue further study in professional laughter therapy? 2017-10-14T17:28:31+00:00

The world of Laughter Therapy is young and has currently no recognized set standards. Each school offers its own path. You will find the education we offer to be very comprehensive, yet studying with us (or anybody else for that matter) is no guarantee that other schools will accept your diploma for further advanced studies with them. Please check with them directly.

For reference, know that we are an approved training provider of the IICT:

Why should I laugh? It doesn’t pay the bills 2017-10-14T17:38:39+00:00

True. We live in a world where very few things can make people laugh, while hundreds can make them frown, howl and cry. Many people lose track of the therapeutic values of laughter when stress and adversity knock at their door.

“Why should we laugh?” they say. “It doesn’t pay the bills.”

Society teaches that problems are serious and need to be addressed seriously. Laughter, on the other hand, is often perceived as frivolous and only relevant in its proper time and place.

There is a different way to look at this.

Laughing in the face of adversity won’t pay your bills, but it will teach you equanimity. It is not about strength, but courage, because it’s about letting go. Only one who knows how to create a balance between the favorable and unfavorable situations can maintain mental balance and composure. Life is not always fun, but it certainly is much more fun with laughter than without.

Practices such as Laughter Wellness help you feel at peace and good about yourself in the present moment, for no particular reason. They give you the ability to laugh at things that previously would have caused stress or anger, along with the ability to experience a new sense of forgiveness.

When you change, the world around you changes. When you feel good, you are more likely to address the challenges you have to face constructively and with a positive attitude.

You can laugh when you want to, because you want to, if you want to. You can train yourself to react positively in the face of adversity. Whatever happens to you, whether pleasant or unpleasant, doesn’t matter at all. Nerve impulses are just that ─ nerve impulses. They mean nothing.

Choosing to remain positive and be comfortable with your imperfections and the challenges in your life does not mean you have to be complacent about them. You should not. Laughing about them is a sign of maturity. It’s a political act, a declaration of freedom, a demonstration that we are not afraid, that we refuse to let fear, anger, guilt or resentment win and rule our lives.

What People Say

I loved all the facts and the extras, but most of all I love the videos and laughter exercises. I am surprised to find they work so well.
Carol-Anne Allardyce
Carol-Anne Allardyce
This course made me laugh more than I have in the past 5 years of my life 🙂
Senthil kumaran
Senthil kumaran
The subject is covered with much knowledge and attention to detail. I like the links leading to videos and other studies that add to the general knowledge being presented. The videos make it seem more real. The Webinars help a lot.
Wendy King
Wendy King
I really liked the variety of media used. Besides lots of information, the videos were interesting and helped emphasize points. The cartoon and sayings were fun. The facts are presented in clear, easy to understand language especially the scientific information that can get pretty heavy. I like the exercises. They were fun.
Bethanie Schmoeller
Bethanie Schmoeller
Doctor visits, medication, and therapy sessions cost a great deal of money. Laughter is FREE. Why not take the initiative to learn Laughter Wellness in efforts to improve your health? You have nothing to lose and greater well-being to gain!
Teresa Wallace
Teresa Wallace
This course is so rich with information and ideas, it is thrilling and overwhelming all at once!
Marcia Alter
Marcia Alter
I loved how practical and hands-on the information was.
Molly Trad
Molly Trad
As a teacher of Laughter Yoga, I love the information you have given in this course. I have read it a couple of times and still find it to be fascinating. I liked the readability and the simplicity of the information given. It is very in depth but easy to understand. It is very helpful in giving me a better understanding of laughter and renews my excitement in sharing this information with my students and helping them on their path to a healthier lifestyle through laughter.
Julie Pugmire
Julie Pugmire
I very much was looking forward to taking this course. I am a theatre teacher, and adding the exercises I learned to my catalogue will help my students.
Geoffrey Arndt
Geoffrey Arndt