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Laughter Yoga Helps Staff Destress


For their Mental Health Awareness Week, staff at Middlemore Hospital were able to take part in a Laughter Yoga session. The event was covered by Samantha Smith of the Manukau Courier as well as the Hospital’s own media people. See the Courier news item (16 October 2014) here [link to come].

Four Reasons to Become
a Laughter Leader

Professional Development: Laughter is an effective emotional state changer, neutral and non-competitive. You learn to bring people laughter without any need for jokes, comedy or humour—all you need is their willingness to pretend to laugh.

Personal Development: Learning to laugh more easily brings physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits, both to yourself and in your personal relationships. Laughter has been found effective in areas as diverse as physical pain relief and clinical depression.

Laughter Leading: When you lead a regular group in laughter the energy they generate comes back to you many times over. In addition you develop valuable skills in organisation and delegation, negotiation and marketing.

Fun Weekend: Two days of laughter, and learning about laughter is an enjoyable and life-affirming experience. It leaves you energised and enthused.

Check out our Events Calendar for details of upcoming courses.


The second Aotearoa / New Zealand Laughter Conference took place on 13th and 14th September, 2014, in Christchurch.

Conclusion: the more you laugh, the better you get!

A Conference Report can be found here.

Ciara Pratt, reporting for the Western Leader, posted this story and video on (of course) April Fool’s Day! Laughter Yoga – it’s not a joke!


To quote Dr Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga,

“In Laughter Yoga, we don’t laugh because we are happy; we are happy because we laugh.”

Train as a Laughter Leader
22 & 23 November – Laughter Leader Training in Auckland.

Check out our Events Calendar to see details of these and other activities.