How to be Happy 24/7: Laughter, the Newsletter Sept. 15, 2011

How to Happy 24/7

(Scroll down to the Bonuses section to see how)

Greetings fellow laughers and friends of Laughter Yoga. Fall has arrived. It came Tuesday. The sun and warmth disappeared and I felt gloomy. Whoa…what happened? Until I realized it is all a natural process. Comes around every year. Just have to make the shift to adjust to Nature as Nature will not adjust to me, J

For many of us, the time after Labour Day is also a new beginning though. We find new projects, revive old ones and there are lots of offerings to get involved in: exercise programs, dancing, singing, chanting, yoga, tai chi…

Isn’t it wonderful to have so much choice?

Laughter Yoga is revitalizing as well.

Tuesday nights are cancelled though. Not enough registration.

Saturday starts up again 2 days from today. (the 17th of September)

If you like to drop in on Saturdays from time to time, this Saturday would be a good one to start with.

Reason? Esquimalt Rec is evaluating depending on how many come by this Saturday.

6 people is enough to continue with.

So, if you like the Saturday classes to be there for you to drop in on occasionally, then you need to be there for the first one to show Esquimalt Rec that there is enough interest to justify continuing at their facility.

Something new this season: For those who show up on Saturday, I will share a technique for how to be happy 24/7.

This is an easy, elegant technique anyone can use at any waking hour, anywhere to access the happiness/joy that is inside at all times. Yours as a bonus at the Saturday class.

Look forward to seeing you there:

New time: 9:30am Saturday starting the 17th.


Thursdays at James Bay Community School Centre 7:30pm looks like a GO.

Already have enough committed to going forward. No drop-ins, so if you are interested, be sure to sign up early. Maximum of 20. Starts on the 20th of September (Thursday). We had great fun last session.


Both Thursday and Saturday sessions will have these bonuses:

  • How to be Happy 24/7. An easy to use technique that allows you to access a feeling of peace and calm, anytime, anywhere.
  • How to Ease Your Money Worries. A technique based on the ancient Qigong practices of the Orient to ground ourselves and allow money to flow easily and relieve money pressures
  • Accessing the Wisdom of Your Inner Child. A technique from the ancient Hawaiian healing system known as Ho’Oponopono.
  • Achieve Total Fitness in Minutes a Week. 4 Minute Fitness/PACE. A daily 4 minutes and a twice weekly 12 minutes using ancient Tai-Chi/Qigong principles, combined with the most recent modern research into exercise. Designed to increase health, fitness and sculpt the body you have always wanted…in minutes a week!
  • Allowing Your Body’s Natural Healing Energy to Flow. Inner Smile for Toning the Organs. This technique allows for energy or “chi” flow to balance the organ functions. This supports and nourishes the natural healing your body always wants you to have.
  • Intro to Advanced Techniques:

* How to Live in the “Now” using “The Presence Process.”

How to Stimulate Your Immune System to Fight Radiation FromFukushima,Chernobyl, etc.

How to Live a “Self-Actualized Life”

Plus: The Best Medicine in the World. (Even laughter is second best beside this…you won’t want to miss it)

 All this in a short 6 week course: Laughter Yoga Plus+

These are only available at the Saturday and Thursday sessions. Be sure to book in early.

Note: There are price changes at Esquimalt Rec, and also options. By going for the full session, your investment is less. There is also a punch card for those who cannot make it to every session AND there is assistance for the unwaged and low waged. Be sure to ask at the desk or call Esquimalt Rec at 250.412.8525 for details.


Thursdays are a GO at Fernwood Community Centre. Gracie brng  her bubbling self to the classes. 7pm  1240 Gladstone Ave(nearChambers St.)   1st class: A toonie, $8 drop in, $6 per week for 10 week course.


Miho continues her Saturday classes and Gene continues Monday morning classes. Check out the schedule here:

Victoria Laughter Yoga Schedule:


Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It’s the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one’s fellow human beings.” – Maya Angelou


Join Victoria Laughter Yoga Club on Facebook:

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Lotsa neat stuff to share.


Laughter Yoga on the Phone 365 days a year:



From Jon Barron. Great article on power of friendship

Today’s Daily Health Tip
The Power of Friendship
by Baseline of Health Staff

The headlines are inundated with all the things that can decrease longevity, but they may have missed the one thing that can help increase it – friendship! One not-so-obvious life-extender, apparently, is having a supportive network of colleagues at work.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel recently reported that after following 820 adults over a 20-year period, it became clear that those who enjoyed good friendships at work had a significantly lower risk of dying from any cause. The subjects came from a wide spectrum of industries, and the research controlled for factors that could influence mortality such as blood pressure, alcohol consumption, smoking habits, diet, pre-existing conditions, amount of exercise per week, and so on. But even after ruling out all those other contingencies, the subjects with the most supportive peer relationships “at work” had lower rates of mortality, and the effect held over the entire 20-year period of the study.

This was hardly the first study indicating that friendships lead to longer life, although it’s the first that focuses on the importance of workplace relationships. In fact, these results provide an interesting corollary to previous research showing that having good friends matters more to longevity than even having close family relationships. (Maybe it’s because you get to choose your friends, whereas you’re stuck with – ah, you know what I was going to say.) A study in 2005 out of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia found that those with a strong network of peers outlived those with the least friends by a whopping 22 percent. In contrast, family relationships seemed to have no bearing at all on mortality. So again, we see that friendship matters a lot, more than family or bosses. Even more startling research comes from a 2010 meta-analysis of 148 previous studies involving 300,000 people, published in PLoS Medicine. That research, focused on a seven-year period, found that those people with the best social networks had an astounding fifty percent lower risk of dying than those with limited social ties. That difference equates to the difference in mortality risk between smokers and non-smokers. No wonder LinkedIn is doing so well in its initial public offering. It’s not just offering business connections; it might actually help you to live longer.

What this research tells us is that, to paraphrase Lennon and McCartney, not only will you get by and get high with a little help from your friends; you’ll also stay alive with a little help from your friends. Friendships seem to have the healing power to counteract other negative factors in life, including a bad boss or family problems. Even more, having good friends everywhere you spend time, including on the job, is key.

And by the way, if you don’t work at all, or you work alone all day, take heed. The study has implications for you, too. You need to spend time with peers, cultivate the relationships that make you feel good, and dump those that don’t. And you need to integrate enjoying friendship into your health practices, paying as much attention to calling friends as to popping your supplements.

Whether you go to work or work at home, it’s clear that friendships exert an overall positive influence on health, and actually boost the immune system. That means that social lunch hour is more than just getting nourishment for your body. So, if you’ve been out of touch with your favorite people, now may be an excellent time to give them a call!

For more about this topic and the studies mentioned, click here.

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Laughter Yoga And NLP Connection (by Dr. Kataria)

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming. The neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we interact and communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create. The NLP describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming).

When NLP is combined with progressive conditioning, it can create a powerful means of creating change. Through progressive conditioning you can install a belief, attitude or new behavior at a much slower pace and then gradually increase the amount of exposure to that new belief, attitude or behavior. This allows the brain to adjust to the new belief, attitude or behavior gradually, rather then it being a sudden shock to the system.

Progressive Conditioning In Laughter Yoga Clubs

If you study the concept of Laughter Yoga, you will find that when people join Laughter Clubs for the first time, many of them are shy and inhibited. It is difficult to do laughter exercises alone and get involved with the experience. This is where Laughter Yoga helps as it is primarily practiced in a group on a regular basis; it allows participants to slowly and progressively adjust to the new behavior of laughing without a reason over a period of time. The group dynamic allows them to find their own comfort zones without feeling embarrassed so that they can continue the practice until their brain and body gets programmed. Once they learn the new behavior it becomes easy even without the help of the group and they can practice it alone.

NLP Anchoring in Laughter Groups

How a particular stimulus can affect and change your state of mind- is an anchor. Anchoring is creating a new response to a stimulus. Anchors aren’t just useful for keeping you in one state of mind. They can also work like propellers and move you in specific directions. It simply depends how you set them up and what you expect to happen.

Anchoring incorporates Pavlovian conditioning. When a phone rings and you feel compelled to answer it, that’s because you’ve rushed to answer that sound hundreds of times before. But if you move house or change jobs, do you go to the old place by mistake? Or do you learn to change that habit faster because it’s important to you. Everything that goes through our minds is a response to something else, and mostly an unoriginal response that has been anchored in some way. Anchoring isn’t complicated but it is a major aspect of everything we do. That means that when you can tilt the natural anchoring that goes in all those different situations, your mind and everyone else’s will work far better.

In Laughter Yoga session we have several anchors connected with laughter. For instance, after every laughter exercise we clap and say ho ho ha ha ha. Similarly, we repeat ‘very good very good yay’ several times during the session, take a deep breath many times and hold it and then laugh. By repeating these, they become anchors for laughter practice as each time they are accompanied with laughter. Over a period of time, these anchors invariably lead to laughter coming out easily as it gets programmed in the brain.


Laughter is the Best Emotional Medicine (article)



Subject: Canadian Laughter Summit

Hello Fellow Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers!

I trust that your summer has gone swimmingly, and that you’re now settling into routines again.

I’m excited to share news of the first Canadian Laughter Summit that I’ve been working on with my colleagues from Manitoba (Rolande Kirouac) and Saskatchewan (Jayne Clendening). The Laughter Summit is happening in Winnipeg next January and what better time and place to get Canadians rolling with laughter – the middle of winter, in the middle of Canada.

The three of us first met in 2005 when we trained together as Laughter Yoga Teachers with Dr. Kataria at his first North American Teacher Training. Dr. Kataria has further trained me as a Master Teacher (the only one in Canada), and I now provide Teacher training to Laughter Leaders. Our Laughter Summit will incorporate a public information evening, a 2-day laughter leader training, and a 5-day laughter teacher training. Registrants may attend any or all of the sessions.  (Pre-requisite for the Teacher Training is a Laughter Leader certificate – which you have already earned!)

To avoid huge files, the following links provide you with detailed information about the Canadian Laughter Summit. If for any reason you are unable to open, please let me know and I can send you files.

Leadership program:

Teacher training:

Summit poster:

Registration form:

If you are looking for a refresher or would like a more in-depth experience and certification as a teacher of laughter yoga leaders, you’ll want to check it out.

Feel free to share with friends/family/colleagues. With laughter, of course, the more the merrier.

Hope to see you in Winnipeg!

Laughing, and living life fully,

Your HAHA Sister
Linda LeClerc



Victoria Laughter Yoga Club site:

Founder Dr. Madan Kataria’s site:

Laughter is one of the missing nutrients. Vitamin “L” is needed daily.

F r e e daily laughter here:


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Bonus: f r e e email course:


“108 Tips for more Joy, Energy and Health”

Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher
Victoria Laughter Yoga Clubs
Laughter Yoga is the unique concept that we can laugh for no reason at all.
* Laughter exercises send endorphins (feel good hormones) to the brain.
* Yoga breathing: more oxygen to brain and body equals:
* Feeling healthier and more energetic.
* Sessions are led by a certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
* Non-profit, non-religious, non-political
110-174 Wilson Street Victoria, BC, Canada V9A 7N7
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About Victoria Laughter Yoga Club

Victoria Laughter Yoga Club is affiliated with Dr. Madan Kataria's School of Laughter Yoga. We laugh: Just ‘cause: ☺It feels good ☺Fights cancer* ☺Conquers stress ☺Improves circulation ☺Smooths out wrinkles ☺Is efficient exercise** ☺Slows the aging process ☺Boosts immunity(fight colds) ☺Oxygen to brain=clear thinking * Dr. Otto Warburg, President, Institute of Cell Physiology, Nobel Prize Winner (twice) says: “Deep breathing techniques increase oxygen to the cells and are the most important factors in living a disease-free and energetic life. When cells get enough oxygen, cancer will not and cannot occur.” (My bolding) **Dr. W. Fry states that 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes or rowing or jogging.(Journal of General Psychology, 1938) Laughter Yoga goes beyond just laughter. Founder Dr. Madan Kataria has developed techniques to stimulate childlike playfulness, to adjust the aerobic and stretching component, and to promote emotional flow and release. Laughter Yoga can improve your physical health, release negative thoughts and emotions and get in touch with your spiritual nature. It helps us to develop an attitude of forgiveness, generosity, compassion and helpfulness while actively seeking the happiness of others. Combined, these principles can provide a powerful life-changing experience that we call the inner spirit of laughter. Laughter Yoga Clubs are non-political, non-religious, non-profit. There are a number of clubs in the Victoria area. Email for more info and current schedule:
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