Frequently Asked Questions

IS LAUGHTER THE SAME AS HUMOR?
5 THINGS LAUGHTER WILL DO FOR YOU
5 THINGS HUMOR WILL DO FOR YOU 
WHAT IS THE WORLD LAUGHTER TOUR?
WHY DO WE NEED A WORLD LAUGHTER TOUR? 
WHAT ELSE DOES THE WORLD LAUGHTER TOUR DO?
THE VISION OF WORLD PEACE THROUGH LAUGHTER
WHAT HAPPENS AT LAUGHTER CLUB SESSIONS?
5 POINTS ABOUT LAUGHTER CLUBS
HOW MANY LAUGHTER CLUBS ARE THERE?
WHERE ARE LAUGHTER CLUBS IN THE USA?
HOW DOES A LAUGHTER CLUB GET STARTED?
LAUGHTER CLUBS AND CERTIFIED LAUGHTER LEADERS
WORLD LAUGHTER DAY 
WHERE CAN YOU GET MORE INFORMATION?

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IS LAUGHTER THE SAME AS HUMOR?     

Not 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 laughter. 


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5 THINGS LAUGHTER WILL DO FOR YOU

  • Improve immune functions

  • Vibrating muscles give internal massage

  • Good cardio-vascular effects

  • Relieves stress, discharges physical and emotional tension

  • People who laugh together work together better


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5 THINGS HUMOR WILL DO FOR YOU

  • Releases negative emotions such as anger & guilt

  • Improves enthusiasm for work

  • Reduces inhibitions & increases self-confidence

  • Humorous people face life’s problems better

  • Sense of humor is the #1 romantically attractive trait


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WHAT IS THE WORLD LAUGHTER TOUR?

The 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. 


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WHY DO WE NEED A WORLD LAUGHTER TOUR?

Because 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 visible.  


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WHAT ELSE DOES THE WORLD LAUGHTER TOUR DO?

  • Acts as the international clearinghouse for therapeutic laughter activities and laughter clubs

  • Provides Workshop Training on “How To Create Therapeutic Laughter and Laughter Clubs” (with CE credits for activity therapists, nurses and other professionals)

  • Presents energizing and informative Keynotes, Seminars & Demonstrations for association & corporate meetings

  • Puts on public demonstrations, lectures, and support events such as for Cancer Survivors Day

  • Provides resources such as book & tapes about Therapeutic Laughter and Laughter Clubs

  • Fosters the organization of local Laughter Clubs

  • Makes radio & TV appearances


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THE VISION OF WORLD PEACE THROUGH LAUGHTER:

Today 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.


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WHAT HAPPENS AT LAUGHTER CLUB SESSIONS?

Members 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 healthy attitudes.

Laughter 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.

A 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 group.


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5 POINTS ABOUT LAUGHTER CLUBS

  • A session of breathing, stretching, and various types of laughter actions (some borrowed from yoga)

  • No jokes are used, we laugh for the joy of laughing

  • Eye contact helps to enhance and stimulate laughter

  • All members laugh at the same time, the group supports the members, inhibitions melt away

  • Although a laughter club session typically lasts about thirty minutes, it is very flexible to be longer or shorter as needed


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HOW MANY LAUGHTER CLUBS ARE THERE?

It has been estimated that there may be as many as 2,000 laughter clubs worldwide. Now 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. 


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WHERE ARE LAUGHTER CLUBS IN THE USA?

Laughter 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: www.worldlaughtertour.com or by calling 1-800-NOW-LAFF (in the USA).

Laughter 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.


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HOW DOES A LAUGHTER CLUB GET STARTED?

Have 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, contact us.

The 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 a minimum:

  1. Complete the 2-day workshop "How to Create Therapeutic Laughter and Laughter Clubs".

  2. Register a club name & location with World Laughter Tour, Inc.

  3. Attend advanced workshops on topics such as yoga & laughter, laughter & guided imagery, laughter with special populations, and sensible living.

Additionally, we recommend membership in the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, and the International Society for Humor Studies. 


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LAUGHTER CLUBS AND CERTIFIED LAUGHTER LEADERS

All 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 Tour, Inc.


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WORLD LAUGHTER DAY - The First Sunday in May

A 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.

WHERE CAN YOU GET MORE INFORMATION?  

Phone:

1-800-NOW-LAFF (U.S.A/Canada)
614-855-4733 (International)

FAX:  614-855-4889
E-mail: info@worldlaughtertour.com
Website: www.worldlaughtertour.com

 

 

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