Laughter Wellness Blueprint Webinar Replay

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Laughter Wellness follows a 5-4-3-2-1 methodology:

  1. Five steps sequence: Tell, show, do, integrate, wrap-up.
  2. Four types of exercises and activities (see below): Invitations to play, integrative movements, mindful breathing exercises, positive reinforcements.
  3. Three key reminders (Enjoy, engage, connect) based on three overarching philosophies: Humans are already perfect and whole; The only moment of power is now; No part of the body/mind/spirit complex, and no part of the brain, works alone.
  4. Dual approach to laughter: From simulated (intentional) to spontaneous, using exercises and activities that naturally make people laugh and feel good about themselves and others.
  5. One key direction = To shift energies up, not sideways or down.

Laughter Wellness postulates that the benefits of laughter are not primarily tied to the physical act of laughing itself but to a mix of variables, and that the pursuit of laughter is not about entertainment but a conscious or unconscious attempt to rebalance or heal some aspect of health. As such its focus is not primarily on laughter exercises but 4 main types of activities, each infused with the joyful and connecting essence of laughter:

1) Invitations to play: This includes a variety of exercises, techniques and games – seated, standing, with or without sounds or movements, from simple to more elaborate, done as solo practice, with a partner, a team or as a group – that make people smile and laugh. It’s important to note that the Laughter Wellness focus is specifically on the “vertical” approach to laughter = laughing “with”, fostering a sense of inclusion, flow, and gratitude for life, fellowship, happiness and well-being, celebrating life and sharing the best of ourselves, focusing and moving toward what we want rather than away from what we don’t want. We hold true that play is vital for the enjoyment of life as well as overall well-being at any age.

2) Integrative movements: Simple ways to stimulate the sensory motor integration process (how we receive and organize information through our senses) to help reorganize the central nervous system (the center of our thoughts, interpreter of our external environment, and the origin of control over body movement.) Exercises in this category are designed to promote healthy cognitive functioning, emotional stability, and the ability to participate responsibly in life.

3) Breathing exercises: These range from gentle mindful stretching, focusing on range of motion, strength training, balance and equilibrium, relaxation and Pranayahahama , guided visualizations, etc. They are designed to bring conscious awareness to what we are doing and feeling, reduce stress, rumination and emotional reactivity, while promoting focus, cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and more.

4) Positive reinforcements: Simple exercises comprised of a mix of physical behaviors, vocal analog activities, key words and gestures, meta-programs and sensory systems activation – practiced alone, with a partner, a team or as a group – that make people feel good about themselves! These are also designed to teach new and improved behaviors and healthy coping mechanisms.

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