At the recent Joy Conference in Bristol Dr Gulcan Garip introduced us to the #laughie which she co-created with Freda Gonot-Schoupinsky. As she explained, it is a new mental wellness technique – ‘a one-minute recording of your laughter on a smartphone that you simultaneously laugh along to.’
The studies involved participants laughing along with their laughies 3-times day for 7 days, and using the World Health Organisation 5-item Well-Being Index.
The results are encouraging. Average absolute wellbeing scores increased by 16% from baseline to post-intervention
The connection and overlap with laughter yoga comes because self-initiatied laughter or ‘laughing – just because’ is a core laughter yoga practice (‘laugh for no reason’ in traditional laughter yoga parlance) . We train ourselves to laugh more – more easily, more naturally, more joyfully.
This conference was an excellent testing-ground because there were many laughter yoga practitioners in the room, so we were all ready to explore this new approach.
Gr Garip showed us the way …..the results were hilarity!
One of the takeaways from this lovely presentation was our own laughie. The feedback I have had is that without exception, everyone feels better when they use it.
One of the general takeaways from the conference is if you want more joy in your life, laugh more. One way to laugh more is to make a laughie – and use it. Visit this web page for a brief photo record of the day, and the presentations.
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