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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




More than one-third of graduate students report being depressed

April 2nd, 2018|





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




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




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):




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October 2015

Japanese Study Says Laughter Therapy Efficient Low-Cost Medical Treatment

October 28th, 2015|





A Japanese research study showed that laughter therapy is an efficient low-cost medical treatment that cuts health costs. Geneticist Kazuo Murakami considers that laughter is a stimulant, which can trigger energy inside a person’s DNA potentially helping cure disease. “Laughing therapy has no side-effect, meaning it is an epoch-making treatment for clinical medicine,” he said. “If we prove people can switch genes on and off by an emotion like laughter, it may be the finding of the century which should be worth the Nobel Prize or even go beyond that.”





His research is published in the January 2006 edition of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, a US academic journal. The ministry of economy, trade and industry believes that laughter therapy could be used as preventive medical care. With the ministry’s financial support, Osaka Sangyo University in western Japan formed a joint venture with researchers, firms and doctors in 2004 to provide elderly people with a complete medical care program combining physical training and laughter therapy.





According to project officials, the 92 participants polled said their combined annual medicare costs fell 23 per cent after they joined the program.

Kazuo Murakami is a world-class geneticist who developed a sense of wonder as he learned more about the machinery of the Universe. It is great to know that such a person believes that biology is not destiny.

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2006/01/12/1136956307785.html

Related link: On Epigenetics and why laughing now on a regular basis could change the lives of your unborn children




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September 2015

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August 2015

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April 2015

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May 2014

Laughter may be the best medicine for age-related memory loss

May 10th, 2014|





We are all familiar with the saying, “laughter is the best medicine.” And this motto may ring true when it comes to tackling age-related memory loss; a new study from Loma Linda University in California finds that humor may reduce brain damage caused by the “stress hormone” cortisol, which in turn, improves memory.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276042.php

Everything we know about the science of laughter: http://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/research/




March 2014

Why Laughter Is Good Prescription For Leg Ulcers

March 17th, 2014|





For five years, scientists at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom tested the supposedly latest, greatest medical marvel for healing leg ulcers — treatment with a high tech ultrasound wand. Only, it turns out, it does absolutely nothing to speed up the healing process of leg ulceration.

However, the researchers found out what did produce results: The key is common sense, cheap, easy-to-deliver care involving simply wearing support stockings, exercise, and a healthy diet along with a surprising additional “prescription” — laughter.

Yes, that’s no joke. The scientists found laughter actually produced physiological changes that help leg ulcers heal.





“The ‘healing energy’ of low-dose ultrasound can make a difference to some medical conditions but with venous leg ulcers, this is simply not the case,” Professor Andrea Nelson of the University of Leeds School of Healthcare said in a statement to the media. “The key to care with this group of patients is to stimulate blood flow back up the legs to the heart. The best way to do that is with compression bandages and support stockings — not ‘magic wands’ — coupled with advice on diet and exercise.”

“Believe it or not, having a really hearty chuckle can help too,” added Dr. Nelson, who headed the study. “This is because laughing gets the diaphragm moving and this plays a vital part in moving blood around the body.” (Read more.)

People with varicose veins or mobility problems (including the obese) are most at risk for venous leg ulcers because their “muscle pumps” in the feet and calves labor to drive blood up to the heart. These ulcers can be very painful as well as disfiguring, so they can significantly impact health and quality of life in a negative way. Unfortunately, a significant proportion of these sores take a year or longer to heal. And the older and larger ulcers are, the more difficult healing can become. That’s why scientists tried the high-tech ultrasound treatment to see if it would help.





Working with patients from across the UK and Ireland, the research team found that adding ultrasound to the standard care, including compression stockings, made no difference to the speed of healing or the chance of the ulcers coming back — all it did was add an extra large medical bill to the treatment.

Source: VenUS III, a randomised controlled trial of therapeutic ultrasound in the management of venous leg ulcers. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21375959.

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April 2007

Laughter Yoga On The Oprah Winfrey Show

April 12th, 2007|





It was the honor and privilege of the Laughter Online University Founder and C.E.O. Sebastien Gendry to organize and teach a Laughter Yoga session in Chicago for the Oprah Winfrey Show, at Oprah’s request in March 2007. Nothing came pre-cooked. The request was made to him at 2 days notice to organize and lead a laughter session for Oprah’s make-up artist Reggie Wells in Chicago, some 2000 miles away.

(You can download and view this video on your ipod here (.mp4, 14mb).)





Thank you to the Midtown Athletic Club for opening their doors to us, Doug Dvorak for his invaluable help and contacts in making this happen and Jeffrey Briar for his wonderful input and energy.

Oprah wanted to see how Laughter Yoga would impact her “resident cynic” and make-up artist Reggie Wells.

This class was beyond successful. In Reggie’s own words:

“Thank you Mr Gendry! I walked into your laughter session very depressed. It was Easter week-end and I was very lonely. What you had me do did not just lift stress from my body, it lifted stress from my soul.”





This segment has been broadcasted worldwide so far on 4/11/2007, 8/22/2007 and 01/01/2009 (the Oprah Winfrey Show has over 49 millions viewers in the USA alone and broadcasts in 140 countries).






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