LAUGHTER THE SAME AS HUMOR?
exactly. Humor is personal, individual, and subjective. Laughter is universal;
the ability to laugh is virtually inborn in all human beings. Some of the
world’s experts on the subject tell us that humor is the psychological
function by which each person decides what’s funny in a story or
situation. In contrast, laughter is physical (often a response
to humor). In therapeutic laughter and laughter clubs we learn how to laugh
without the aid of jokes by “acting as if” we are laughing when
necessary. This simulated laughter becomes stimulated
THINGS LAUGHTER WILL DO FOR YOU
muscles give internal massage
stress, discharges physical and emotional tension
who laugh together work together
THINGS HUMOR WILL DO FOR YOU
negative emotions such as anger & guilt
enthusiasm for work
inhibitions & increases self-confidence
people face life’s problems better
of humor is the #1 romantically attractive trait
IS THE WORLD LAUGHTER TOUR?
World Laughter Tour, Inc. was founded by Steve Wilson and Karyn Buxman to
support, promote, and act as a clearinghouse for the global grassroots
laughter movement, with the mission of bringing events to every continent
that promote health and peace through laughter.
DO WE NEED A WORLD LAUGHTER TOUR?
the world has forgotten how to laugh, and because much of the world
continues to exist amid misunderstanding, strife and turmoil. Much of the
world does not yet know about the proven benefits of laughter & humor.
Yet, all around the world there are people developing ways & means to
use humor & laughter for health, peace, productivity, and joy of living.
We will link these people together around the world and make their work more
ELSE DOES THE WORLD LAUGHTER TOUR DO?
Acts as the international clearinghouse for therapeutic laughter activities and laughter clubs
Workshop Training on “How To Create Therapeutic Laughter and
Laughter Clubs” (with CE credits for activity therapists, nurses
and other professionals)
energizing and informative Keynotes, Seminars & Demonstrations
for association & corporate meetings
on public demonstrations, lectures, and support events such as for
Cancer Survivors Day
resources such as book & tapes about Therapeutic Laughter and
the organization of local Laughter Clubs
radio & TV appearances
VISION OF WORLD PEACE THROUGH LAUGHTER:
we are on the brink of nuclear disaster and wide spread international
terrorism. We are at war within ourselves, which is why there is a war
outside in the world today. If we can bring peace inside us through laughter
clubs, then there will be peace outside, too.
HAPPENS AT LAUGHTER CLUB SESSIONS?
of the club gather at regular appointed times in a designated place to take
part in the laughter exercise workout and other activities that encourage
playfulness, fun, and mental balance. They enjoy the social support as well
as the physical and attitudinal benefits. There are discussions of the
benefits of laughter and the concepts of sensible living that lead to
club sessions are organized around a core step-by-step program, and a
session may include other playful activities and sometimes a guided imagery
laughter meditation may be presented.
laughter club session can take place in as little as 5-10 minutes, as a
workplace break, for example, or at the start of the shift or workday.
Anybody can participate in the exercises because therapeutic laughter is
very adaptable. For example, it can work very well in schools, nursing homes
and rehabilitation centers. Occasionally, outings can be planned ahead of
time to last up to one-two hours, depending on the needs and desires of the
POINTS ABOUT LAUGHTER CLUBS
session of breathing, stretching, and various types of laughter actions
(some borrowed from yoga)
contact helps to enhance and stimulate laughter
members laugh at the same time, the group supports the members,
inhibitions melt away
a laughter club session typically lasts about thirty minutes, it is very
flexible to be longer or shorter as needed
MANY LAUGHTER CLUBS ARE THERE?
It has been estimated that there may be as many as 2,000 laughter clubs
there are hundreds of WLT Laughter Clubs in the United States, and other
countries. WLT Certified Laughter Leaders are active in Canada, Mexico,
South Korea, Scotland, Australia, Columbia, Chile, South Africa, Israel, and
more. The first officially recognized
laughter club in the USA was chartered in June, 1999, in Orrville, Ohio, at
the YMCA. New clubs are starting all the time.
ARE LAUGHTER CLUBS IN THE USA?
Clubs can be started anywhere there are like-minded people who want to laugh
and who want to do the laughter workout and learn about sensible living. In
India, clubs serve an important community support function; in the United
States, Laughter Clubs are valued as a health option and are associated with
health-minded organizations. Information about club locations can be found
on our web site:
or by calling 1-800-NOW-LAFF (in the USA).
clubs can be organized in offices, factories, health clubs, churches,
schools, nursing homes, senior centers, neighborhoods, and the like. The
laughter session is a valuable asset that is easily added to any group of
people who want to have fun and stay healthy and who want a unique tool for
dealing stress and strain in today's world.
DOES A LAUGHTER CLUB GET STARTED?
a small steering committee who share the work and share the fun. Select a
place where people can meet. Organize a group of 5-25 people. Our experts
can come to your area and demonstrate various laughter techniques which will
help you laugh without jokes, or you can come to a workshop training in
“How To Create Therapeutic Laughter and Laughter Clubs.” You are
required to pay travel expenses of the team along with lodging & meals.
We accept proposals anywhere in the world with prior arrangements. Alternatively, you can visit any of the registered laughter clubs and follow steps below. For details,
best starting point is with motivated people. Anyone who wants to be leader
of the laughter workout and club sessions should plan to do the following as
Complete the 2-day workshop "How
to Create Therapeutic Laughter and Laughter Clubs".
a club name & location with World Laughter Tour, Inc.
advanced workshops on topics such as yoga & laughter, laughter &
guided imagery, laughter with special populations, and sensible living.
we recommend membership in the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor,
and the International Society for Humor Studies.
CLUBS AND CERTIFIED LAUGHTER LEADERS
laughter clubs that are led by Certified Laughter Leaders and using the
methods based on the work of World Laughter Tour, Inc, and Laughter Club
International, should be registered with the World Laughter Tour, Inc.
Certified Laughter Leaders have learned the basic principles and agree to
abide by the ethical guidelines. CLLs are contact persons in their community
for information about laughter clubs, listed on our website and from time to
time are referred to media reporting on the therapeutic laughter movement.
In addition, CLLs are entitled to discounts on workshops, books, tapes,
t-shirts and other merchandise offered by The World Laughter Tour. CLLs are
permitted to use the logos of USA Laughter Clubs and the International
Laughter Club on literature. Guidelines for registration and conduct of
Laughter Clubs and Laughter Leaders are available from the World Laughter
LAUGHTER DAY - The First Sunday in May
day set aside to add to the world’s laughter and to send a message that
world peace can be achieved through laughter. First celebrated in Bombay in
1998, the first United States observance was May 6, 2001, at Washington
Square Park in New York City.
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