What is Laughter Wellness?
Laughter Wellness is a mindful practice designed to create and sustain positive energy. It is usually facilitated in a group and involves rhythmic exercises, breathing exercises, positive reinforcements and laughter exercises.
Benefits of Laughter Wellness
You will explore what Laughter Wellness is and the benefits of Laughter Wellness for health and wellbeing. You will receive all the information you will need, to help you get the most out of your experience.
The Laughter Wellness workout alternates between rhythmic exercises, breathing exercises, positive reinforcements and laughter exercises.
Rhythmic clapping exercises stimulate the acupressure points in the hands and increase energy levels.
Deep breathing exercises activate the parasympathetic nervous system and increase feelings of relaxation. One key feature of yogic breathing is that exhalation is longer than inhalation. An easy and effective way to exhale for longer, is to laugh.
Positive reinforcements provide an opportunity to create positive energy, a positive mindset and authentic positive connections. Examples of positive reinforcements may include positive affirmations, celebrating what went well, sharing happy news, appreciation and gratitude exercises and sharing authentic descriptive praise. Happiness multiplies when you share it!
Laughter exercises are interactive and enable conscious connection through laughter. They often involve an action and simulated laughter, for example the ‘Handshake Laughter’ exercise involves shaking hands, making eye contact and laughing, as we greet different people in the group. With eye contact and group dynamics, laughter tends to become contagious.
This involves a laughter meditation, grounding exercise and the wrap-up.
A laughter meditation is an opportunity for free-flow laughter. A deeper level of laughter is often experienced, during a laughter meditation. This is a powerful opportunity to shift energy that has been stored in the body. It can bring about a healthy, emotional catharsis.
A seated laughter meditation.
A laying down laughter meditation.
The laughter meditation is followed by a grounding exercise, such as a guided relaxation, to ground the energy of laughter and restore a state of balance.
Where possible, the wrap-up is facilitated as a share circle. The wrap-up involves an opportunity for participants to connect with how they are authentically feeling in the moment, for their own self-awareness. Participants are then invited to share anything that is present for them with the group, if inspired to do so.
Check out our video showing Laughter Wellness, with the Laugh and Well team, in action:
”We didn’t really know until recently how to use laughter as a sound and reliable therapeutic tool, but we do now and the results are unbelievable. Laughter can be used as a master switch towards wellness and wellbeing. It can’t heal, nor solve anything, but it can help to heal and dissolve everything.’
– Sebastien Gendry, founder of Laughter Wellness.