Monday, September 5, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The little book of Big Laughs is an increidlby convenient resource for laughter yoga leaders and participants! When I first got my book, I was doing some of the exercises in the car on the way home (he was driving!) and I love that they're in such a nice little compact place that is easy to carry around. It's small enough to fit in a purse! I also love that there are pages at the back of the book to write down our own exercises and ideas, allowing us to be even more creative with our laughter! Thank you for creating this book, it's incredibly helpful!
Terrifically Fun and Creative Exercises!
By Laughter Yoga Atlanta
This little book packs a lot of laughter in a such a compact space! These exercises are creative and enjoyable. I love to keep it in my car. You never know when you might want a little bit of inspiration to help brighten someone's day! Thank you so much, Laughing Laura for sharing this wonderful resource with us all!
A Terrific Resource!!!
By Hans Peter Jorgensen
What a wonderful resource, not only for laughter professionals but for anyone who works with groups and wants to charge up a performance. Easy to carry with you, and filled with great ideas for bringing joy into the lives of those around you. Ms. Gentry has scored big with this one.
Perfect Laughter Companion
As a laughter professional actively spreading the great news about laughter, I am always on the lookout for tools for my clients. The Little Book of Big Laughs has been a great hit. We debuted it at our weekly Laughter Club. The results were fantastic! The book has clear instructions, even if you have never attended a Laughter Yoga class. You can toss it into your bag for giggles anytime. I'm envisioning using this Little Book of Big Laughs on the treadmill this winter!
By The Barefoot Artist
I love this book!I is the most useful book I've ever read on the subject of laughter. Every Laughter Yoga Leader should own a copy. This book is short, to the point and the perfect pocket size. Laura Gentry is a true visionary in the field of Laughter Yoga and her work continues to amaze me. Her creative spirit shines through every project and every time I think I finally have a favorite product, she creates something even better. This book has my highest recommendation for any Laughter Yoga Leader. It is simply a must-have item!!
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Below is a video, which demonstrates a few of the creative
laughter yoga exercises contained in this book. Enjoy!
Got stress? Most people do. Especially in the business world. There are so many pressures and responsibilities. It can lead to stress, depression, burn-out and even serious illness.
What can alleviate this workplace stress? Laughter, of course. Scientific research has demonstrated that laughter can help to resolve workplace stress and many related issues.
Indeed, laughter is great. And in everyday life, there are opportunities to laugh, but on average, these laughs only last for 2.2 seconds. This is not enough to unleash laughter’s full potential. It is only when we laugh vigorously for a longer time that we can experience powerful physiological and biochemical changes.
This is why laughter yoga is such an effective tool in the business world. It is a breakthrough delivery system, which enables a person to laugh continuously for an extended period of time—even without having a developed sense of humor. This is extremely beneficial, particularly because it is punctuated with deep, yogic breathing. Together, the laughing and breathing serve to dimish stress, build teamwork, boost physical health, and can even improve creativity and efficiency.
For these reasons, companies around the world are starting to utilize laughter yoga. Results indicate that employees in laughter yoga programs become more committed, learn more easily, improve their interpersonal skills, and that the workplace becomes a happier place. It is often reflected in increased sales, efficiency and productivity and an improved bottom line.
A one-year laughter yoga trial in a Danish IT company yielded the following results: The company’s sales increased more than 25% in a highly competitive market while stress levels decreased by 75%. The program consisted of laughter yoga sessions daily for a week followed by weekly sessions for one year. All management and employees participated and stress levels were scientifically monitored.
On August 30, I led a corporate laughter program for an international meeting at GE Healthcare in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Below is a short video of the executives showing off their newly-formed laughing-for-no-reason skills. My visit provoked some good conversation about the need for more workplace laughter.
This is the second time that I have presented laughter yoga at GE Healthcare. Click here for the blog post about my first visit.