>Laughter News
Laughter News 2018-04-03T15:09:54+00:00
This is a free resource of the LOU Laughter Academy. Click here for lots more!

April 2018

500 Most Popular Positive Psychology Pieces

April 5th, 2018|

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: PDF document (30 pages)




Indian couple caught in bitter divorce battle sent for laughter yoga training

April 3rd, 2018|

MUMBAI: 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. Citing research on how laughter alleviates stress and increases well-being and helps focus on solutions and achieve more productive outcomes to problems, the court said they could be motivated to deal with their matrimonial issues peacefully and pragmatically through such laughter training. Read more at https://goo.gl/Zzcce5




50 simple things that make Brits feel great

April 3rd, 2018|

The U.K. healthcare group Bupa sponsored in 2015 a survey that asked 2,000 people to name their favorite feel-good moments. Freshly made sheets came top of the list, followed by feeling the sun on the face.

Here is the full list:

  • 01. Sleeping in a freshly-made bed
  • 02. Feeling the sun on your face
  • 03. People saying “thank you” or a random act of kindness from a stranger
  • 04. Finding money in unexpected places
  • 05. Having time to myself
  • 06. Laughing so hard it hurts
  • 07. Snuggling on the sofa with a loved one
  • 08. Freshly-made bread
  • 09. Doing something for others
  • 10. The clean feeling after a shower
  • 11. When your favorite song comes on the radio
  • 12. Finding a bargain in the sales
  • 13. Listening to the rainfall/thunderstorms when you’re inside
  • 14. Freshly-brewed tea/coffee
  • 15. The thrill of personal achievement
  • 16. Having a long hot bath
  • 17. Seeing a fresh coating of snow
  • 18. Freshly-cut grass
  • 19. Chocolate melting in your mouth
  • 20. Doing something active outdoors (e.g. bike ride, run, country walk)
  • 21. Bacon cooking in the morning
  • 22. Talking to or playing with your pet
  • 23. A soothing massage
  • 24. That “Friday feeling”
  • 25. A perfectly-cooked steak
  • 26. Waking up before the alarm and realizing there’s more time to sleep
  • 27. Doing exercise
  • 28. Rainbows
  • 29. Remembering the name of something/someone you thought you’d forgotten
  • 30. Making a perfectly-baked cake/pie
  • 31. Stepping on crunchy autumn leaves
  • 32. Popping bubble wrap
  • 33. Swimming in the sea/lake
  • 34. New car smell
  • 35. Dancing like no one is watching
  • 36. The smell of new books/magazines
  • 37. Smell of a fine wine
  • 38. Putting your “Out of Office” on before going on holiday
  • 39. Putting on a brand new pair of socks
  • 40. Watching your breath float away in cold air
  • 41. Getting new stationary
  • 42. Singing in the shower
  • 43. Getting a seat on the bus/train/subway
  • 44. Picking an easy peel orange from the fruit bowl
  • 45. Loosening your jeans after you’ve eaten
  • 46. The “pop” when you open a new jar of jam
  • 47. Squeezing a [pimple]
  • 48. Cleaning the wax from your ears
  • 49. Cleaning the bathroom
  • 50. The royal family

Source: Daily Mail (https://goo.gl/jr6i9k)




How to Hardwire Resilience into Your Brain

April 2nd, 2018|

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




March 2018

Laughter, Exercise and Dialysis

March 29th, 2018|

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 exercise in patient care. See https://library.annanurse.org/anna/sessions/4619/view




AARP: Laughter Can Be as Good as Exercise for the Brain

March 25th, 2018|

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 effects. You have nothing to lose.” See https://goo.gl/vNu1hg

Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying

March 15th, 2018|

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:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Read more at https://goo.gl/Qe6DYT




September 2016

Continuing Laughter Education: August 2016

September 1st, 2016|

Resources

General Education For Laughter Professionals

In the news

Just for fun

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos

Health

Science Corner




August 2016

Continuing Laughter Education: July 2016

August 1st, 2016|

General Education For Laughter Professionals

In the news

Ideas and inspiration

Just for fun

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos

Science Corner




July 2016

Continuing Laughter Education: June 2016

July 1st, 2016|

Resources

General Education For Laughter Professionals

In the news

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos

Science Corner




June 2016

Continuing Laughter Education: May 2016

June 1st, 2016|

Resources

General Education For Laughter Professionals

Story Telling

In the news

Just for fun

World Laughter Day Events

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos

Science Corner

May 2016

Continuing Laughter Education: April 2016

May 1st, 2016|

General Education For Laughter Professionals

In the news

Just for fun

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos

Science Corner




April 2016

Continuing Laughter Education: March 2016

April 2nd, 2016|

General Education For Laughter Professionals

In the news

Just for fun

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos

Science Corner




March 2016

Continuing Laughter Education: February 2016

March 2nd, 2016|

General Education For Laughter Professionals

In the news

Just for fun

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos

Science Corner




February 2016

Continuing Laughter Education: January 2016

February 1st, 2016|

General Education For Laughter Professionals

In the news

Just for fun

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos

Science Corner

January 2016

Science Corner: What We Found Out In 2015

January 27th, 2016|

Here is a review of what we found out about the science of laughter and happiness in 2015.
Reminder: We have posted dozens of articles on the science of laughter (nicely summarized) here.

January 2015

March 2015

April 2015

May 2015

[/su_list]

June 2015

July 2015

August

September 2015

October

November

December

2015 LOU Facebook Group, Best Of

January 2nd, 2016|

The LOU Facebook group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/louprozone/

Most liked

Most commented
Most shared




Continuing Laughter Education: December 2015

January 2nd, 2016|

General Education For Laughter Professionals

  • Encouragement ecards
  • Hierarchy Of Imagination.
  • Did you know that the quality of thoughts depends upon the kind of hormones which are circulating in your body? Everyone says ‘Think Positive’ but this is easier said than done. We have no control over what’s happening in the outside world, but you can engage in some joyful and playful activities, which will pump certain positive chemicals in your body thereby creating positive physiological changes lasting throughout the day. Read more.
  • A master was trying to explain something to a student. Now this student was not a brand new student, but a senior student who had learned many things. He had knowledge and experience aplenty to draw upon. But each time the master tried to explain something new to the student, the student kept trying to hold it up against his own notions of the way the world is and how it ought be, and he was unable to see the lessons in what the master was trying to teach him. Finally, the master poured a full serving of tea into his own cup, and into the cup of the student. Then he told the student he wanted to give to him some of the tea from his own cup. He began pouring tea from his cup into the student’s cup, but the student’s cup was already full, and all the tea from the master’s cup spilled out over the cup onto the surface below. The student said, "Master, you can’t pour anything into my cup until I empty it to make room for what you are trying to give me.", and the master replied "Yes I know." "And I can’t give you any new thoughts or ideas or perspectives on life’s lessons until you clear out some thoughts that are already teeming in your mind to make room for what I have to teach you." Then the master paused for a brief moment, meeting the student’s eyes with his own knowing look and calmly but sternly said: " If you truly seek understanding, then first, empty your cup!" The student pondered for a moment with a look of absolute bewilderment. Then a look of enlightenment came over him, followed by a smile, and a look of receptiveness. The master started to explain again, and this time the student saw what the master was trying to say.
  • Employee retention: IDEO’s Employee Engagement Formula. Four elements that make workers happier.

In the news

  • Testimonial (shared by Keith Adams): I received the following email from Margaret this evening – 18 months ago I did six consecutive laughter yoga sessions for mental health users. Margaret suffered badly at the time from depression. At the end of the last session, Margaret was bubbly. She told me she played violin in a string orchestra. Later she emailed to say she had got a part time job and is now studying the violin again. Laughter Yoga can be a great catalyst for depression. This is her email: I haven’t suffered depression for a long time – I’m too busy. I’ve formed a string quartet at my own house which is going fine – okay it’s only easy stuff but we have to start off somewhere. I have also been learning the viola which I seem to have taken to quite well. It seems our orchestra needs some more viola players so 5 of our violin players, including myself as I already have a viola, have been having free lessons with our conductor. Though I’m not doing it on a permanent basis as I told our conductor, I’d rather play the violin so he said I could take it in turns.
  • David Zucker: Leaving laughter in his wake
  • The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues.

Just for fun

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos




December 2015

Continuing Laughter Education: November 2015

December 1st, 2015|

General Education For Laughter Professionals

In the news

Just for fun

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos




November 2015

2015 All America Laughter Conference Notes

November 1st, 2015|

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 on the button below will open a google site on a new tab):




Continuing Laughter Education: October 2015

November 1st, 2015|

General Education For Laughter Professionals

In the news

Just for fun

Miscellaneous Blogs

Videos