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Laughter yoga, joy and laughies

Making a laughie

At the recent Joy Conference in Bristol Dr Gulcan Garip introduced us to the #laughie created by 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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Joy Conference: “things that sustain your desire to be alive”. Bristol 26th October 2019.

Joy energises life. It sustains your desire to be alive.

According to the Glasgow University study of 2014, joy (‘happiness’) is one of our 4 basic facial expressions and primary emotions. It is no surprise, therefore, that it is such an effective approach to mental health, even when life its at its darkest..

Kate Hull Rodgers talks about her own journey from a mental hospital to award-winning comedienne in her presentation at the Joy Conference in Bristol on 26th October 2019.

In her own words: ‘Award winning comedienne, Kate Hull Rodgers, first became mentally ill 30 years ago. She was given a multitude of diagnosis, a cocktail of medication and was even chained to a bed, spread-eagle, as part of her treatment. Eventually she was institutionalized and sent to the notorious long term mental hospital. Her prognosis to get out was “hopefully”. Until one day the occupational therapist suggest Kate write a list of things that brought her Joy. Kate scoffed at the ridiculous idea…. But then she tried it. It was transformational, a turning point and the beginning of Kate’s long road to Recovery. Come and hear Kate’s astounding story of how she has lived with being Bipolar. You will laugh and cry and you will be inspired.’
Not to be missed.

Read her latest blog here. It is one of the most lovely pieces of writing I have ever read:
Joy List: “things that sustain your desire to be alive.”

Joy is also fundamental in laughter yoga. It is one of the 4 key steps, along with simple breathing & stretching exercise, playfulness and connection. When approached like this, it is easy to activate and benefits everyone. Let’s all be more joyful?

Do you prioritise joy in your own life?

If not, is it time to start now?

Joy Conference

Laughter yoga

‘Awakening the Laughing Buddha within’

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