March - the unpredictable month!
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March 2015                                             Laughing for the Health of It!
As I sit down to write this, I was rejoicing in the fact that tomorrow is the first day of Spring. And now comes the weather report of snow tomorrow! March truly is an unpredictable month! In fact, I remember snow as late as my birthday the first week of April, and more than one Easter of snow.

We can't control the weather, or a lot of the things that happen to us in life. What we can control is how we react, how we handle things, how we keep ourselves resilient. And one of the ways we can do that is through laughter. Laughter as exercise, laughter as therapy — laughter used to help our brains release endorphins and fight the harmful effects of stress.

So don't forget to have a regular helping of laughter. Remember, you can "fake it 'til you make it" with the simulated laughter exercises of laughter wellness. Turn on some music and chant "HO HO HA HA" in time with it as you march and dance around the room. I have been doing this a lot lately, and it has been helping me cope with everything from cold weather doldrums to medical issues and plain old boredom! go on, you can do it!

Laughter in the News

March 20 is the International Day of Happiness

See how the group Action for Happiness is celebrating the International Day of Happiness

Did Laughter Evolve to Make Us Happy?

A 10-minute laugh-along Laughter Yoga video

Laughter Makes Meetings Better

Making People Laugh at 94
Read Later
Keeping Your Brain Healthy and Active With Humor!
AATH Conference in Philadelphia this May - I'll be there, you can be there too!
Information on how you can attend

Join in on the informative fun as AATH (Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor) meets for its 28th annual, international gathering. Come to learn, to share “best practices,” to network, to laugh, to see old friends, to meet new ones, and to be genuinely uplifted by the experience!

Three curriculum tracks to choose from in addition to the Keynote speakers, Workshops, Humor Academy, Research Poster Session, CEUs, and Scholarship opportunities! Information about the conference can be found at

There is still time to join us!  Are you interested in becoming a Laughter Yoga Leader? See below for a training this month that I will be assisting at:

On March 28 and 29, 2015, the halls of Family Services Organization in Hamilton, New Jersey will ring with laughter, as Beverly Burns, a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher conducts a Laughter Leader training session. In the two-day program, participants will learn about Laughter Yoga, and the physical and psychological benefits that laughter provides. Recent studies have shown that laughter affects the brain in the same way as meditation, and has many health benefits. Laughter Yoga incorporates laughter exercises with pranayama (yogic breathing) to teach you how to “laugh for no reason.” There are no yoga poses and no comedy routines, just simple and fun activities.

What is Laughter Yoga (LY)? This Body-Mind therapy was developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, Physician from Mumbai, India. LY was launched in a Park on March 13, 1995 with merely a handful of persons. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with thousands of laughers in over 70 countries! Ten to fifteen minutes of hearty laughter without jokes or comedy will stimulate your feel good hormones (Endorphins/Serotonin) that last for hours! Once a person completes this two-day training, they are certified to go out on their own and conduct their own Laughter Yoga sessions, for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Proven health benefits include:
· Lowers blood pressure & improves circulation
· provides a light aerobic workout
· Increases deep oxygenation to organs & brain
· Raises self-esteem & lowers anxiety and stress (Cortisol)
· Improves Depression
· Lifts your mood by increasing 'feel good' hormones (Endorphins)
· Increases pain blockers (Dopamine)
· Jumpstarts your immune system
· Aids in combating infections / autoimmune diseases
· Helps one to deeply relax all the muscles
· Reduces stress and body tensions
· Improves one’s sleep
· Increases social skills and trust in a group setting
· Inspires unconditional laughter, joy and playfulness!

No special experience is necessary. Anyone can partake, who can work aerobically standing up and sitting for at least 30 minutes at a time, and is serious about committing to a self-transforming training! All participants will get two full days of practice, learning 50 plus exercises and theory; hot beverages and a delicious lunch; Dr. Kataria’s E-Book: ‘Laugh for No Reason’; Certified Laughter Yoga Leader E-Manual; Your internationally recognized Certificate as a Laughter Therapy-Yoga Leader; and upon completion, from Dr. Kataria’s School of Laughter Yoga:  one year free access to his Prozone member site- Resources & Networking with  Laughter Yoga Leader colleagues locally and from around the world!

The training will be held January 24 & 25 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Family Services Organization (FSO),  3535 Quakerbridge Rd., Hamilton, NJ, Suite 400. For more information, or to register, email: or call: 732-991-0654. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes (barefoot is fine too!); bring a mat or blanket to do floor exercises (no strenuous asana) that anyone can do; bring a funny hat for the session about senior laughter yoga.

Cost:  $295 per person, by cash or check in advance.

Ms. Burns, M.Ed., has been passionate about teaching laughter Therapy/Yoga to children of all ages and health conditions since she trained with Dr. Kataria and got LY Leader Certification in 2002. In 2010, she trained with Dr. K. and received her LY Teacher Certification-she has trained Laughter leaders in five trainings since. She has appeared on channel 7 ABC Health News laughing with a group of seniors in their community.   Professionally, she has been a teacher and prevention education specialist, laughing for many years with the special needs population, teachers, teens, children, cancer survivors, seniors and is now bringing laughter to people in recovery.

Ms. Burns will be assisted at her training by Noreen Braman, a certified Laughter Yoga leader and Laughter Wellness instructor. Ms. Braman recently appeared on the EBTV cable television show “Wellness Spotlight” discussing the health benefits of adding more laughter to life. She has laughed with children, seniors, attorneys, caregivers and groups in the financial industry.
This month I am giving two Laughter Wellness presentations at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey as part of their wellness program for employees. I am looking forward to showing them how to "laugh for no reason," just for the health of it! If your company is interested in hiring me to bring Laughter Wellness to your workplace, please email me at
The Secret Society of Happy People

I have been given a number of Pamela Gail Johnson's booklet, Thirty-One Types of Happiness Guide, which helps you recognize different types of happiness. It reads like a daily inspiration and is perfect for reading one entry at a time every day, and then using that day to recognize the humor type mentioned. For example, on the page titled "Celebrate" we are challenged to not only celebrate those big moments in life, but also the small things: days that go mostly right, family dinners,etc. Stopping to give those moments a smile and recognizing the happiness in the moment goes a long way to helping us increase our overall happiness outlook. If you have already requested your copy, I haven't forgotten you! I just avoided going to the post office during all the ice and cold! Your booklets will be on the was shortly!

If you would like a free copy of this pocket-sized guide, please email me your address and I will mail it out to you. You address will be used only by me for the purposes of sending you this book, nothing else.

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