In the News

UnitedMind and Laughter Yoga in the News

Our press page covers Newspaper Articles, Press Releases, Radio Intervies and other media coverage since UnitedMind was founded in April 2002.

Over the past years the attention from the press has increased and the number of journalists interested in the topic of laughter and health has been on the rise.

Hopefully the effort of bringing health through laughter to people will continue to be of interest all around the UK and beyond.

The UK (and the rest of the World) needs more laughter and UnitedMind is ready to provide Laughter Yoga to workplace, organisations and individuals.

Newspapers and Magazines

Radio and TV Interviews

  • 10 June 2005 6:20 pm – BBC 3Counties Radio – Drive Time with Katherine Boyle
  • 13 April 2006 1:40 pm – BBC 3Counties Radio – Katherine Boyle live – radio interview
  • 05 May 2006 2:10 pm – BBC 3Counties Radio – Katherine Boyle live – radio interview
  • 07 May 2006 8:40 am – BBC Asian Network – Hot Breakfast with Tazeen Ahmad
  • 22 July 2006 11:00 am – Aylesbury Vale’s Mix 96 – Saturday Alternative, Fiona Faulkner
  • 27 Feb 2007 5:45 pm – BBC 3Counties Radio – radio interview
  • 12 April 2007 5:50 pm – MK TV (Sky Channel 227) – MK Tonight – TV interview
  • 23 April 2007 12:30 pm BBC 3Counties Radio – Justin Dealey and Jane Killich
  • 06 May 2007 9:10 am BBC Asian Network – radio interview about World Laughter Day
  • February 2008 8:45 am – BBC 3Counties Radio – Katherine Boyle live – radio interview
  • 27 Feb 2008 6:00 pm – BBC2 Eggheads – The Laughter Network  on Eggheads
  • 19 Sep 2008 7:30 am – BBC 3Counties Radio – Breakfast Show with Stephen Rhodes
  • 04 Oc 2008 8:55 am – BBC 3Counties Radio – Saturday Show with Howard Hughes
  • 16 Sep 2009 8:00am – BBC Radio Scotland – MacAulay & Co – radio interview
  • 26 Feb 2010 – Hertbeat FM – radio interview regarding working with MIND
  • 06 July 2010 3:05pm – LBC Radio London – Jeni Barnett – radio interview
  • 21 Oct 2010 5:30pm – Verulam Radio – West Herts Drivetime with Danny Smith
  • 17 Jan 2011 10:15am – BBC Radio Newcastle – Jonathan Miles – radio interview
  • 01 Feb 2011 5:30pm – Verulam Radio – West Herts Drivetime with Danny Smith
  • 15 July 2011 4:00pm – ONFM London – with Samira Kiyani – radio interview
  • 04 Aug 2011 10:00pm – BBC Radio Leeds – with Dominique Busby – radio interview
  • 14 Sep 2011 8:30am – BBC Radio Sheffield – launch of Oxford Uni research
  • 05 Jan 2012 5:30pm – Verulam Radio – West Herts Drivetime with Danny Smith
  • 25 Jan 2012 8:15pm – Radio Verulam Spiritual Matters with Energy Brown+Liz Kaloczi
  • 25 Oc 2012 8:15pm – Radio Inspired Talk Matters with Energy Brown
  • 08 Nov 2012 3:00pm – ITV Alan Titchmarsh Show – ‘making Britain happy’
  • 21 Jan 2013 12:35pm BBC Radio Leeds about Blue Monday – radio interview
  • 02 July 2013 3:50pm BBC 3Counties Radio – Roberto Perrone live – radio interview
  • 16 Sep 2013 BBC Inside Out South – featuring The Telephone Laughter Club
  • 05 June 2014 BuzzFeed – I joined a Telephone Laughter Club by Ailbhe Malone
  • 10 June 2014 RTE Radio Dublin – featuring The Telephone Laughter Club
  • Jan 2016 Conscious 2 – filming for Let’s Get Spiritual documentary series
  • March 2016 Endemol – filming for online documentary series
  • May 2016 Local FM Radio Sunderland – World Laughter Day and Angel of the North
  • Oct 2017 The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) – Laughter Therapy with the Cast
  • 09 Nov 2016 BBC Radio Leicester – Telephone Laughter interview with Jo Hayward
  • 09 Nov 2016 BBC Radio Nottingham – Telephone Laughter interview
  • 30 Nov 2017  Made TV Birmingham – Laughter Therapy on The Big Daily
  • 15 Jan 2018 BBC Radio Leeds – Laughter Yoga in Halifax for Blue Monday
  • 15 Jan 2018 BBC Look North – Laughter Yoga with Pladis Global McVities
  • 25 March 2018 talkRADIO Steph & Dom Radio Show – IS laughter really the best medicine? Choose time track 11-11:30 and go to 26:25 approx 12 minutes long

Key Moments

  • 2004 – the first press announcement of the Laughter Club International in St. Albans with coverage in St. Albans, London and Luton
  • 2005 – the first anniversary celebration of the Laughter Club was shared with the press who came to the laughter session and interviewed the participants
  • 2006 – the World Laughter Day was celebrated in St. Albans for the first time in Verulamium Park with 25 participants who laughed and played
  • 2007 – the first TV appearance on SKY TV in Milton Keynes – 10 minutes live local tv
  • 2008 – the Telephone Laughter Club in the UK launched and created huge media interest with radio interviews and stories all over UK
  • 2009 – the succesful completion of new Laughter Yoga Leaders around the UK. UnitedMind trained nearly 60 people. The feedback from the Laughter Leaders was fantastic!
  • 2010 – the launch of the teamwork with The Regency Training Foundation to combat social exclusion in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
  • 2010 – the introduction of the Laughter Yoga Leader Training programme to the NHS
  • 2011 – the first Online Laughter Yoga Leader Training programme to pilot in January
  • 2011 – the original 2004 Laughter Medicine workshop to re-surface with renewed energy and content in St. Albans and in Durham
  • 2011 – launch of the Online Laughter Club – laughing every week on Tuesdays
  • 2011 – teaming up with Sole Developers in North-East England to fire up powerful communication using Gibberish and other empowering techniques
  • 2012 – Telephone Laughter Subscription adding serious laughter to weekday mornings
  • 2012 – UnitedMind celebrates 10th anniversary at our 7th celebration of World Laughter Day on 6th May 2012
  • 2012 – UnitedMind celebrates 5th anniversary for teaching Laughter Yoga Leader Training to individuals and team across the UK. The longest non-stop delivery of Laughter Yoga Leader Training in the UK
  • 2012 – Lotte Mikkelsen of UnitedMind is appointed and trained as Laughter Yoga Master Trainer and becoming the first Laughter Yoga Professional to uniquely teach the Laughter Yoga Teacher Programme in the UK
  • 2013 – UnitedMind launches programme for teachers and students in a bid to tackle stress and pressure in the school system
  • 2013 – UnitedMind develops The Psychology of Laughter Facilitator Training a new facilitator qualification for anyone with or without Laughter Yoga qualifications
  • 2014 – UnitedMind organises Advanced Training Day with Dr. Madan Kataria in Manchester. The day kicks off the Laughter Festival which is organised by Feelgood Communities CIC
  • 2014 – UnitedMind and Laughter Lines Coaching organise the Laughter Flashmob at Trafalgar Square in London, 5 July
  • 2015 – UnitedMind organises the 20th Anniversary Laughter Yoga Conference in the UK, 5-7 June
  • 2015 – UnitedMind launches an initiative to gather Laughter Yoga people to develop Laughter Yoga in the UK
  • 2016 UnitedMind teams up with Retune to promote corporate wellbeing awaydays
  • 2016 UnitedMind becomes a Corporate Member of ISMA (International Stress Management Association)
  • 2016 UnitedMind’s Certified Laughter Therapist Training accredited by WCI (World Certification Institute)
  • 2017 UnitedMind partners with The Vital Touch to provide workplace wellness and stress management laughter workshops
  • 2018 UnitedMind laughed with Giovanna and Tom Fletcher for Giovanna’s 31 Day Challenge, BarclayCard campaign
  • 2018 UnitedMind starts working with Pladis Global for the benefit of all staff and to support the company’s Mental Health Pledge

Press Releases

  • 22 June 2004 – UnitedMind launches the Laughter Club International in St. Albans
  • 01 May 2005 – UnitedMind introduces executive Laughter Workshops
  • 01 June 2005 – The Laughter Club in St. Albans celebrates 1st anniversary
  • 10 April 2006 – World Laughter Day to be celebrated in St. Albans
  • 01 May 2006 – Overwhelming support for World Laughter Day in St. Albans
  • 07 May 2006 – World Laughter Day kicks of with a laughing start
  • 17 April 2007 – World Laughter Day to be celebrated in St. Albans
  • 17 March 2008 – Laughter Yoga Leader Training Brought to you by UnitedMind
  • 17 April 2008 – World Laughter Day to be celebrated in St. Albans
  • 14 September 2008 – Launch of The Telephone Laughter Club
  • 14 April 2009 – World Laughter Day to be celebrated in St. Albans
  • 26 February 2010 – UnitedMind and The Regency Training Foundation team up
  • 15 April 2010 – World Laughter Day to be celebrated in St. Albans
  • 01 January 2011 – Launch of the Online Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 18 February 2011 – UnitedMind re-launches the original 2008 Laughter Medicine
  • 05 January 2012 – The Laughter Club publishes a map of regular Laughter Clubs in UK
  • 01 May 2012 – World Laughter Day is now on a countrywide map for people across UK
  • 04 September 2012 – Lotte Mikkelsen appointed Laughter Yoga Master Training
  • 01 January 2013 – The Regency Training Foundation awarded funding
  • 01 March 2013 – Launch of Outdoor Laughter Leader Training onWorld Laughter Day
  • 01 April 2013 – Unleash the Laughter Within! a new workshop to combat depression
  • 01 June 2013 – The Psychology of Laughter Training – a new way to teach laughter
  • 01 August 2013 – Dr. Madan Kataria teaching in the UK for first time in 10 years in 2014
  • 01 January 2014 – Laughing in London on Blue Monday with Laughter Professionals
  • 30 October 2014 – New timeslot added for The Telephone Laughter Club at 12noon
  • 15 May 2015 – 20th Anniversary Laughter Yoga Conference in the UK
  • 01 January 2016 – New alliance with UnitedMind and Retune London
  • 28 April 2016 – Celebrating World Laughter Day at Angel of the North on 1 May