How do You Measure Success? GNL! (Gross National Laughter): Laughter, the Newsletter April 18, 2013

Feature Article: How do You Measure Success? GNL!


Instead of GNP or Gross National Production, how about taking a page from the tiny Buddhist country of Bhutan?


GROSS NATIONAL LAUGHTER (GNL) is the new measure of success.


One of the most authentic indicators of success is how happy we are. The nation of Bhutan has claimed that Gross National Happiness is their number one resource.


Increase your own Gross National Laughter Quotient


Now, you too can contribute to the success of your country…by laughing. You see, laughter is the easiest, cheapest, cleanest, healthiest and most fun way to achieve Happiness!


By practicing laughter, we insure that positive emotions dominate – when the body is laughing the brain cannot register unhappiness!


Relieve Stress


Further to that (and this is a little known fact), stress hormones cannot co-exist with the “feel-good” hormones such as the endorphins.


Be More Successful


Increase your own success and contribute to your country’s success…by laughing with us at a Laughter Yoga class.


Friday night is the next one at 7pm at Metta in Motion Yoga Studio 1314A Esquimalt Road.


Free Ride to Class


Free ride still available. If you don’t have a car or don’t like to drive at night, just email me or call and I will gladly and with a joyous heart come and pick you up and drop you off after class. or 477.8608.



Victoria Laughter Yoga Club Schedule 


We have a number of clubs in the Victoria area. Find the one closes to you here;




Laugh daily with Matti. 


Laughter is really a necessary daily nutrient. It may be why children are healthier than adults…they laugh more J


Laugh along with me every day, if you choose:


You will see it on the right side of the page as the “Authentic Joy” video. Let me know how it goes. -Matti




The Power of Laughter. Documentary



Just For Fun


“To be serious is not only not to be alive, it is worse than death. Have you ever seen a dead person serious? Impossible! Seriousness is worse than death. Laughter is life, is love, is light. Laughter in its purest form is a dance of all your energies.” -Osho



All for now,

Love and Laughter,



Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, Zen of Joy Instructor
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
250-477-8608 To be removed from future mailings, reply to this email with REMOVE the subject field.


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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