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HIRE A LAUGHTER WELLNESS LEADER – OR TWO!

Hire a Laughter Wellness Leader today by contacting Joanne McKechnie listed to the right side of this page. For companies, corporations, health and fitness centers, yoga studios, medical clinics and hospitals, senior centers, schools and universities, or your department, team, or event.

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Laughter Wellness uses simple breathing techniques, fun laughter exercises, eye contact and childlike playfulness to elicit laughter, without relying on humor or jokes. It is based on the scientific fact that the body cannot tell the difference between fake and real laughter. Laughter Wellness participants will feel the benefits from the very first session!

What Laughter Wellness Can Do For You And Your Business

Due to too much stress the work place has become too serious. People think serious people are more responsible and more productive. This may not be true.  More productive people are those who take their work seriously but take themselves lightly.

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Scientific research shows us that laughter can help to resolve workplace stress and many related issues, but until now there has been no reliable and effective system to deliver laughter. Humor was the only tool available, but it is not reliable and seldom leads to continuous hearty laughter.

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By introducing Laughter Wellness sessions for all staff, companies have reported a happier workplace, increased efficiency, better communication, increase in sales and productivity, increased creativity and better teamwork, decrease in illness and absenteeism, and a reduction in employee turnover.

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Laughter Wellness/Yoga is a breakthrough laughter delivery system that enables a person to laugh continuously for 15 to 20 minutes with short breaks of yogic breathing.

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To get the scientifically proven benefits, laughter has to be:

•Hearty – coming from the belly (Diaphragm)
•It has to be extended for a longer period of time.

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Natural laughter in daily life comes for barely a few seconds here and there which is not enough to bring about powerful physiological changes. But, Laughter Wellness is the ideal system in which laughter can be extended at will.

 

What Is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine that makes it possible for anyone to laugh for no reason anytime, anywhere, for any duration, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy.

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Laughter is simulated as an exercise in a group but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The reason we call it Laughter Yoga is because it combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing. This brings more oxygen to the body and the brain which makes one feel more energetic and healthy.

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The concept of Laughter Wellness is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

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This innovative concept is fast sweeping the world and there are thousands of laughter clubs all over the world. In addition, Laughter Wellness is also practiced in companies and corporations, fitness centers, Yoga studios, senior facilities, schools, colleges and universities, and various self-help groups for the physically and mentally challenged, cancer patients, etc..

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Laughter Yoga has been widely accepted all over the world and has been written about in prestigious publications like TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Daily Telegraph (UK) and many others. It has also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, BBC, CNN, ZDF (Germany ) NHK (Japan ), ABC news ( USA ) and many other TV networks.

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How Laughter Wellness Helps Improve Business and Performance

By introducing Laughter Wellness sessions for all staff, companies have reported a happier workplace, increased efficiency, better communication, increase in sales and productivity, increased creativity and better teamwork, decrease in illness and absenteeism, and a reduction in employee turnover.

1.Stress Release
2.Peak Performance
3.Team Building
4.Motivation and Communication
5.Innovation and Creativity
6.Increasing Attention Span in HR Training
7.Positive Work Environment
8.Laughter Yoga For Health and Wellness

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“Employers who actively sustain a positive work environment could experience improvements of up to 25% in efficiency and customer satisfaction.” – Journal of Applied Psychology – 2003

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1. Stress Release

In this high pressure, high tension modern world stress levels are higher than ever before. Many people are facing an enormous amount of stress and burnouts in the workplace. Even highly talented and skilled people cannot perform well if they are emotionally imbalanced and stressed.There are many methods being used to reduce stress but Laughter Wellness is most cost effective, less time consuming and is a single exercise routine which reduces physical, mental and emotional stress simultaneously and brings an emotional balance. A research conducted in December 2006, on 50 IT professionals in Bangalore, India found a significant reduction in stress levels as shown by reduction in cortisol levels in saliva.

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2. Peak Performance

At any given time, performance depends upon mood and Laughter Wellness has the power to change one’s mood state within minutes by releasing neuropeptides from the brain cells called endorphins. Science tells us that the brain needs 25% more oxygen than other body organs.  Laughter Yoga increases the net supply of oxygen which helps in optimal performance and boosts energy levels.

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This translates for example into an increase in attention span during sales conferences.  Sales Training, or New Product Training Studies have shown that even after just 30 minutes, the concentration levels start to decrease. A brief laughter seminar can provide a great energy boost during a full day of training, meetings or conferences.

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3. Team Building

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Laughter is a great communication enhancer and it said that “people who laugh together, work better together”. This is why Laughter training is so effective for team building, stress management, communication and leadership programs:

•It breaks down barriers
•It makes us more likeable
•It makes us more transparent
•It connects and bonds people
•It develops our sense of humor and breaks down our inhibitions
•It enhances a sense of potential
•It brings out the best in people
•It enhances self-esteem in groups
•It creates safety
•Criticism collapses
•It interrupts the power struggle
•It diffuses conflict

In Laughter Wellness sessions participants are encouraged to communicate with all other group members. Group laughter is a team experience that reduces ego and overcomes inhibitions and shyness. The shared positive experience creates bonds between all participants including managers and staff and reduces barriers to communication.

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Laugh as a team, work as a team!

4. Motivation And Communication

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For people working in front office and sales and marketing, Laughter Wellness helps to bring a smile on their face and generate good feelings within the body. This enhances their communication and motivational skills thus increasing their client base and customer satisfaction.

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5. Innovation And Creativity

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The essence of Laughter Wellness system is to cultivate childlike playfulness. This playfulness stimulates the right brain activity which is the seat of creativity. This helps to generate new ideas and insights about workplace issues and problems. In this highly competitive market one needs to introduce new ideas and constant innovation to stay ahead. Laughter Wellness will help people to become more creative and innovative.

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6. Increasing Attention Span in HR Trainings

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Human brain cannot concentrate for more than 90 minutes after which the attention span reduces. Even a 5-10 minute Laughter Wellness session can provide a great energy boost during long HR training sessions and conferences. It helps to increase the attention span, enhance learning skills, concentration powers and potential.

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7. Positive Work Environment

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Job dissatisfaction and hostile work environment compel people to change jobs more frequently thus affecting productivity and profitability. Laughter Wellness creates positive energy and improves communication between people.

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The Bangalore study also confirmed the increase in positive emotions and decrease in negative emotions, thereby developing an emotional intelligence. This helps to create a more constructive work environment and ensures loyalty and commitment.

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8. Laughter Yoga For Health And Wellness

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The basic objective of every human being is to enjoy life, live in harmony with family and have lots of friends to connect with. But, one cannot enjoy life if one is sick. Laughter Yoga is a single exercise routine which brings physical, mental and social wellbeing in a shortest period of time. People can feel the benefits from the very first session.

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ULTIMATE RESULT: Enhanced success of your business

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 Laughter Wellness is a logical part of the solution
“There can be no doubt that Laughter Yoga significantly reduces stress levels in the workplace. Our physiological, biochemical, and psychological tests all indicate reductions in stress and improvements in the subjects’ abilities to cope with stress.” Dr MS Chaya, Principal Investigator “Unconditional Laughter And Workplace Stress”, Svyasa University Research Institute, August 2007.

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Here are the highlights of Laughter Wellness:

•It’s fun and easy  – there are no postures or skills to learn, no special clothes or equipment required;
•It provides a fast and powerful no-sweat cardiovascular workout;
•Stress levels are quickly reduce by 75% or more and stay down as it helps builds stress resistant;
•Blood pressure drops, circulation improves and pulse rate drops;
•Lungs are well exercised and flushed of stale residual air  – healthier deep breathing is learnt;
•Blood & major organs are fully oxygenated leaving one bursting with energy;
•Hearty laughter improves mood within minutes by releasing endorphins that act as mood enhancers and natural pain killers;
•It lifts depression  – even chronic depression may be cured;
•It boosts self-confidence, creativity and improves communication skills.

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Laughter Makes Business Sense
Up to 90 percent of the doctor visits in the USA may be triggered by a stress-related illness, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Today’s business demands have put a tremendous strain on our global workforce. Longer hours coupled with fewer resources are pushing more and more management and employees to their breaking point. Combined with the need to achieve work-life balance stress is taking a tremendous financial and personal toll on US business profitability:

•$300 billion per year or $7,500 each employee is paid out for stress-related compensation claims
•1 million workers went on stress-related disability in 2004
•75% of doctor visits are for stress-related conditions
•Eight of the top 10 prescription drugs marketed today are for stress-related conditions
•Stress is directly associated with depression, anxiety, asthma, alcohol/drug addictions and other conditions that affect the nervous and immune systems.
•Approximately 100 million Americans suffer stress related from chronic health conditions: heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

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Hire one of the Leaders now. Call Joanne McKechnie 250-465-1201 in the Comox Valley, British Columbia.

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Acknowlegement to http://www.laughteryogaamerica.com