"Bringing Laughter to Cancer and Other
Special Therapeutic Laughter Program of World Laughter Tour
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and humor can help make the unbearable a little more
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." ~Proverbs 17
"Always laugh when you can. It is cheap
medicine." ~Lord Byron
"Laughter is an ambassador for all the positive
"To the extent laughter or any of the positive emotions,
can block panic, depression, or despair,
we have a therapeutic ally." ~Norman Cousins
WHAT IS IT?
Laughter to Cancer and Other Health Support Communities," the first
of several Special Laughter Projects is underway.
A cooperative effort between World Laughter Tour (WLT) and various
support groups. Qualified instructors in therapeutic laughter
techniques known as Certified Laughter Leaders (CLLs), lead laughter clubs and present related programs for support group participants, patients,
and their friends and families. This brings the power of laughter into the mix
of therapies helping to create a therapeutic alliance between mind and body,
while introducing a program of life-affirming, enjoyable coping skills.
If you or someone
you know participates in a support community for cancer, heart
disease, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, or another
illness, attitudes and emotions play a part in
coping, healing, and thriving. Read on and contact us to learn how
our therapeutic laughter programs might be able to help.
Across the United
States and Canada, WLT coordinates and prepares Certified Laughter
Leaders who conduct laughter club therapeutic
sessions and discussions in support communities. Certified
Laughter Leader training prepares the volunteers with the needed
knowledge, skills, and values, and our orientation program
prepares them to be effective in the support community
The laughter program
serves many purposes, helping participants to bond while they
learn how to capitalize on the role of emotions, attitudes,
laughter and humor as allies in their treatment and quality of
life goals. WLT works closely with support each community
administrator to assure smooth integration of therapeutic laughter
with the community's other offerings.
Staring by creating relationships with Gilda's Club Worldwide and
The Wellness Communities, we
have expanded the project to included other support groups, now
bringing laughter to wherever it can help.
1. To strengthen the effectiveness of support group programs.
2. To show how the proper application of laughter can create a therapeutic alliance
between mind and body in order to capitalize on the role of attitudes and
emotions in health and healing.
3. To expand the awareness of the value of laughter and programs such as
4. To teach life-affirming, enjoyable coping skills to support group
5. Many support groups find that a therapeutic laughter program
option is appealing to participants, and it garners excellent
positive publicity for the group.
There is a research component designed by Nancy Westburg, PhD.
The initial research consists of brief surveys. It is simple, easy, and
confidential. It will serve as the starting point for collecting data about the value of
these programs, and will serve as a basis for seeking grants to enlarge the
study of therapeutic laughter. We will give you the details as they develop.
Humor and Cancer
Laughter as Therapy-1
PARTICIPATE? Organized support groups for those facing any
physical or mental health challenges may request a qualified volunteer for their
group. We will attempt to match CLLs in your local area with requests for
volunteers. Support groups include those addressing cancer, arthritis, heart
disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, lupus, and others.
HOW TO FIND A VOLUNTEER LAUGHTER LEADER:
Click here to send us an e-mail
describing your group and needs. Or, call us at 614-855-4733.
HOW DOES THE PROJECT WORK? World Laughter Tour works closely and
cooperatively with a number and variety of support groups including Gilda's Club
Worldwide and The Wellness Community. The groups understand how to make this
project operate with maximum effectiveness, and they provide input to the
development of guidelines for the CLLs so they can function effectively and
CLLs are encouraged to volunteer to bring laughter
club programs to cancer support communities as well as those for heart disease,
diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, whatever. In other words, this project is not
limited to cancer.
CLLs may want volunteer one time only, or they arrange an ongoing program
(perhaps monthly). There is no minimum or maximum commitment.
TO CLLS: Here are guidelines typically followed by the
- Each Gilda’s Club (and other support groups) has its own director and has
a volunteer orientation program that all volunteers must complete.
- Introduce yourself to the program director and explain why you want to
bring a Laughter Club with Good Hearted Living™ and its benefits to their
organization. Remember these are non paid engagements.
- "Bringing Laughter to Cancer" is
a voluntary program.
- At this time, Gilda’s Clubs are eagerly awaiting our participation. The
program directors have been notified of our interest and are aware that
Certified Laughter Leaders will be contacting them.
- Volunteers do not use the support
groups as a venue for furthering their
own private business interests.
- Certified Laughter Leaders are to follow Gilda’s Club or other support
- It is recommended to try monthly laughter sessions; however, it is best to
work with the needs of the organization, and what is convenient for you.
- Scheduling should be arranged ahead of time with the director/coordinator.
Commitments need to be honored. If you need to cancel, let your contact person
know in advance.
- In addition to providing basic documentation to WLT, please
let us know when you terminate your volunteer program.
World Laughter Tour values your interest, support, contributions and cooperation in
this endeavor. Laugh with us as we spread love and peace, health and healing.
Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.
Make everyday laffable!
President, Cheerman of the Bored
Nancy Westburg, PhD
Rider University, Dept. of Graduate Education and Human
Lawrenceville, New Jersey