There are many free online resources available that are worth reading on the topic of Positive Psychology. Here is a database containing 500 of the most popular webpages, writings, articles and pieces written on this topic.
In a unique order by a family court in Pune, a warring couple was recently sent for laughter yoga therapy to help resolve what marriage counseling and mediation failed to do.
This recent report, based on the responses of 2,279 students in 26 nations, found that more than 40% of respondents had anxiety scores in the moderate to severe range, and that nearly 40% showed signs of moderate to severe depression. Laughter Wellness to the rescue! See https://goo.gl/ErtG9t
This is a very interesting article by Rick and Forrest Hanson about what they call the HEAL system: Have a beneficial experience, Enrich it, Absorb it, Link it. Personally I find that this is a very elegant way to structure any relaxation experience after an enriching activity class (e.g., a Laughter Wellness session!) See https://goo.gl/mcQgA2
Here is the video of a laughter presentation Prof. Paul Bennett and myself gave last year at a national Dialysis conference in Washington DC. Exercise and Dialysis: What Can Busy Nephrology Nurses Do? This session reviews barriers to exercise in the kidney disease patient population and provides strategies for nurses to encourage and incorporate intradialytic [...]
From AARP (38+ million members in the USA in the 55+ age group): Laughter Can Be as Good as Exercise for the Brain. "Laughing is a simple thing that anyone can do,” says Gulshan Sethi, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Tucson Medical Center. “You don’t have to take any medicine. There are no adverse side [...]
From Sahmyook University in South Korea: Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health: A Theoretical Review. Conclusion: laughter therapy is effective and scientifically supported as a single or adjuvant therapy for mental health issues. See https://goo.gl/k24zKv
People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. Here are common regrets people in palliative care with weeks to live have or anything they would do differently: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I wish I didn’t [...]
The 2015 All America Laughter Conference took place in Portland, Oregon, on 10/22-25. Close to 100 participants were in attendance, coming from all 4 corners of North America and as far as Israel, Argentina and Ecuador. You will find the notes taken by our two volunteer note takers Daniella Mostow and Judy Mikeska here (clicking [...]
General Education For Laughter Professionals eBook: A Playful Path: This is the latest in a series of books and articles that Bernie De Koven has written thus far to share his thoughts and (especially) his feelings about one of the most important and yet least understood and appreciated elements in human experience: play. Book summary: [...]