May 3, 2015
Today is World Laughter Day.
World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. The celebration of World Laughter Day is a positive manifestation for world peace and is intended to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter. Its popularity has grown exponentially with that of the Laughter Yoga movement now counting thousands of Laughter Clubs in more than 100 countries. . . .
It’s also the 20th anniversary of the Laughter Yoga:
April 1, 2014
The prayer which opens each sitting of parliament is to be axed and replaced with something more appropriate for 21st century New Zealand.
Discussion on the appropriateness of a prayer when parliament now has adherents of a range of religions and a number of agnostics and atheists had prompted the change.
Speaker’s spokeswoman Faith Ornot said the speaker was also concerned about the hypocrisy of starting with a prayer when the behaviour which followed was anything but sanctified.
“MPs aren’t allowed to use the H word in the house and we don’t think it’s appropriate to start with something which turns many of them into hypocrites,” she said.
“Instead, the speaker will tell a joke to inject a little levity into the House and start proceedings with a smile.”
Ms Ornot said that there will be a session of Laughter Yoga immediately before the House sits to get MPs into the mood.
“Laughter Yoga has proven physiological and psychological benefits which we think will improved the well-being and mood of MPs.
“It will also be introduced across the public service.”
Ms Ornot said Laughter Yoga sessions would be optional at first but compulsory for all parliamentarians and public servants from April 1 next year.
May 7, 2013
Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:
* What 200 calories look like (not much if it’s got fat and sugar, quite a bit with vitamins).
* World Laughter Day: How a Laughing Fit Sparked an International Movement.
Apropos of both – laughing and eating are generally mutually exclusive so the more you laugh the less you eat and vice versa.
January 13, 2013
Laughter – the world’s best natural pain killer:
Stress and muscle tension, lethargy and constant fatigue, frequent headaches,
Directions for Use:
Stand in a spacious place, either indoors or outdoors along with a group of 5 or 6 people. Apply a little force and simulate laughter for natural relief from pain,. Continue for 10-15 minutes and see the magic of laughter work.
For best results, the instant action formula of Laughter should be used as often as possible, Application once a day protects you all day. Can be used mixed in groups of by itself.
Do not store Laughter. Use it generously whenever needed.
From Laughter Yoga
January 7, 2013
Laughter Club: Heals you Naturally, Protects you from Infections!!! Directions for Use: Stand in an open place, throw your arms up towards to sky and LAUGH FOR NO REASON.
As prescribed by Laughter Yoga
April 1, 2012
Museum Hotel owner and philanthropist Chris Parkin has donated $30,00 for clown doctors in Wellington:
“I thought ‘here’s an opportunity, someone’s got to step up’ and I agreed to funding the first year of the programme.
“It’s a tremendous cause, it’s something that anybody can get involved in, especially anyone who has spent time in hospital themselves as a young person…they’ll see the value in this straight away,” Mr Parkin says.
His donation will be enough for eight new clowns – they will rotate in pairs to cover an afternoon shift at the hospital once every week.
Clown Doctors New Zealand introduced clown doctoring into Christchurch hospital in 2009 and it has since spread to Auckland’s Starship Hospital and now to Wellington Regional Hospital.
Clown doctors – also known as medical clowns – are not actual doctors but artists and performers who are trained in medical care and in the art of clown doctoring.
Founder and chief executive of Clown Doctors New Zealand Tom Petschner says the programme right across the country relies on donations and support from charities.
Auditions for the clown doctors will be held today at the Museum Art Hotel.
I did a weekend laughter yoga workshop last year which was lots of fun. Among the information we got was references to scientific studies proving the physiological and psychological benefits of laughing.
Laughter really is the best medicine and the donation will ensure it’s delivered to children in Wellington hopsitals.
TV3 has a video on clown doctors here.
There’s more about laughter yoga here.