Meet Ant Bennett, the Miracle Man

The time has come for our keynote speakers to be introduced.

The Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary and The Playing Human Conference in London on 5-7 June 2020 may seem a long time away but we have some amazing people to introduce in the meantime.

Please meet Ant Bennett who was briefly introduced in our February Laughter News.

Anthony’s life changed after he was diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses after a trip to EuroDisney. He needed to be resuscitated 12 times and was given a 10% chance of survival after returning from the school trip to Paris in 2006.

Nothing shorter than a miracle happened when Ant made a full recovery that shocked medical experts.

He went on to help secure a £7.5m charity partnership between Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Whitbread hotels and restaurants.

He spent 5 years working for the company, motivating over 20,000 team members around the UK, building engagement and leading multiple campaigns to support the charity partnership, and even smashed the original £7.5m target by raising £8.5m to help fund a new wing at the children’s hospital.

Ant now works for himself as a full-time inspirational keynote speaker having held more than 200 sessions.

His passion is helping people to unlock their full potential and finding a motivating focus point towards achieving long and short term goals.

Please visit www.iamantbennett.com to learn more about Ant.

The Playing Human Conference takes place at Conway Hall in London on 5-7 June 2020. Book on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/product/the-playing-human-conference-2020/.

All Year Resolutions To Stay Happy

Already a month into 2019 – scrap those unattainable resolutions and replace them with a new way of living and thinking so that you can stay happy.

New Year’s Resolutions should be all about happiness rather than setting unrealistic expectations.

Giving yourself goals that are unattainable with only add extra pressure and stress.

At UnitedMind we believe in the power of laughter and happiness when living a fulfilling life. Have a look at our top suggestions for introducing resolutions that work towards happier ways of living and being, both in body and mind.

Work out a routine

Many New Year’s Resolutions include losing weight or giving up alcohol and cigarettes, but although these are admirable goals they are often beyond reach.

By working out a daily or weekly routine you can integrate certain things into your life which you are looking to achieve.

If you want to drop a couple of pounds for example, try assigning specific days or times for exercise.

This will give those goals more structure, making them far easier to reach.

Find a positive in everyday

If you start to slip into sadness or become overwhelmed by stress it can be very hard to break out of this cycle.

Of course we can’t all be happy 100% of the time but looking for happiness even in the littlest things can make a big impact.

Living by the motto that you have to be miserable today in order to be happy tomorrow just doesn’t work.

Spend time to evaluate your negative feelings but try your best to also see some positive. You may have had a bad day at work but remember what was good that day too.

Be kind to strangers

Making little adjustments to your attitude by performing random acts of kindness really does help to boost your own mood.

As well as being kind and polite to the people you do know, create a small positive in a stranger’s day by helping an elderly person cross the road, giving directions to someone who is lost, buying a coffee for the person behind you in the queue…

All of these examples may seem insignificant but when you see how they matter to someone else you will share in this happiness.

Make time for the things you enjoy

Stop checking your phone or social media accounts and make time to do the things you enjoy the most.

Whether you love getting immersed in the world of a new book, are an enthusiastic painter, or find amusement in creating your own hit song, set aside time in each day to do these things.

Everyone knows how much simpler it is to feel happy when doing what you enjoy. Even just half an hour spent in this way everyday can outweigh whatever negatives or stresses have burdened you during the day.

Explore the world more

Avoid those resolutions that set ridiculous demands to travel the world and visit every iconic landmark.

Finances aside, travel can be hard to fit in around a schedule without just packing up and leaving completely. Introducing travel into your lifestyle doesn’t need to be completely tricky though.

Look at what is possible and make plans to work from there. From planning to visit a local village at the weekend, to taking a train ride to the next biggest city, there is plenty of fun to be found in the UK.

Find out more ways to stay happy and healthy by having a read through the rest of our blog. At UnitedMind our laughter yoga is an alternative therapy to help fight the struggles of stress.

Contact us today to learn about our sessions and how we can help you.

Laughter News February 2019

Welcome to February 2019

…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga in London, all over the UK and sometimes in Denmark, The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club.

UnitedMind is on the forefront with laughter, happiness and joy!

To continue receiving our news please subscribe if you haven’t already!

In February News we share the following…

  1. Just a Thought from Yours Truly
  2. Meet Key Note, Ant Bennett – the Miracle Man
  3. Laughter Yoga Teacher – a new (ad)venture
  4. Business Experts Programme
  5. From Mr dod to Miss Dee
  6. The Certified Training Formula almost Accredited
  7. Remember booking Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapist training!

You can enjoy reading our news on our secure site on UnitedMind.co.uk!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general as well as a few moments of change on The Laughter Blog.

A few memories and places to listen and look…

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK, The Telephone Laughter Club, Laughter Clubs in the UK, and please stay with us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

Please also follow and like UnitedMind on Social Media

A brief overview of our February 2019 diary

2019 started out with getting the car road ready for a really busy time ahead in January, and we are not slowing down.

However, please remember we are always ready to discuss something involving laughter and no distance is too far by car, train, plane, foot or bicycle – even tricycle, I think!

To give you an idea of availability please visit our Events Calendar.

Available in London, across the UK, and Elsewhere

In February we will be sharing a lot of laughter around the whole of the UK and London in workshops and training events.

No matter how booked we will always do our very best to find a good day, time, and/or a great Laughter Facilitator for you.

No distance is too far for sharing laughter and transformation.

Give the gift of laughter to someone you care about.

Laughter coaching, workshops and training offer great value in life and in the workplace. We can run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates around the country.

Please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Just a Thought from Yours Truly

Laughter Yoga unravels you!

From my first Laughter Yoga experience in January 2000 to starting running workshops in the field in 2003 and being the longest teaching Laughter Yoga Teacher in the UK starting teaching in 2007 there is not a moment I have not been treasuring when I look back.

The change in the laughter and the delivery or workshops and training has developed as a natural process of getting to know laughter, do laughter and be laughter.

Friendships and alliances form when we are all on the same page when it comes to encouraging positive change from within and in our shared world.

Mental health becomes our mission as we combat the conditions faced by so many nowadays, and with Laughter Yoga we create way for solutions of the most nurturing kind.

When facing adversity and life changes we become stronger when we know Laughter Yoga and benefit from the resourcefulness we find inside outselves when we practice it daily.

Best of all, Laughter Yoga is non-religious, non-political, non-racial, pro-all-good-things-in-life, completely unifying!

I wish you a healthy and positive outlook in life, work, and everywhere you go – from the bottom of my grateful heart.

Love, Laughter and Peace

Lotte

Your Everyday Laughter Queen #youreverydaylaughterqueen

The Playing Human Conference – why…

When I was considering repeating The Playing Human Conference before the first one ran in September 2018 I was determined to never again organise this type of event.

I teach and I run workshops – and I love it! My passion for creating the platform for positive transformation is delightfully uncovered in this work.

However, I looked at the lit up faces when people entered Conway Hall to join others in learning ways to be more playful in their lives and at work and I made the decision there and then that there is a real need for coming together, meeting, sharing, experiencing new ideas for a changed world.

Meet Ant Bennett – the Miracle Man

A truly inspirational young man who is on a mission to change the outlook and the way of moving forward in life.

Young people are inspired by his story and by his methods for moving forward in life – as are adults!

Ant was given a 10% survival chance after he returned from a Paris school trip with 3 viral infections attacking him from within.

He fought for his life and in recent years Anthony was voted one of the happiest people in the UK by the Independant on Sunday in their ‘Happy List’ for the work he carries out to help enrich the lives of others.

Ant will be sharing his story and empower us to be our best selves when we are out sharing the magic of laughter, joy and positive change.

Read more about Ant on anthonyinspires.com.

Make sure you book soon – even if 2020 seems a long way away.

Did you notice who else is coming?

  • Dave Cornthwaite, Say Yes More Founder and Adventurer
  • Sue Haswell, Big Results and Mindfulness Leader
  • Kate Hull Rodges, HumourUs and Author
  • Albert Nerenberg, Film Maker and Laughologist
  • Maggie Irving, Class Clown and Performance Coach
  • Miriam Akhtar, Positive Psychologist and Happiness Expert
  • Yesim Kunter, Toy Designer and Creative Strategist
  • Dr and Mrs Kataria, Founders of Laughter Yoga International
  • Eser Mutlu, Laughter Yoga Master Trainer Turkey
  • Corinne Cosseron and Julien Pechot, L’École Internationale du Rire

These awesome and inspiring people are not only there talk, they are coming to share some fun and play with us all!

Please get in touch about The Playing Human Conference & Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary, our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Laughter Yoga Teacher – a new (ad)venture

After an intense week of teaching the Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training at Felden Lodge in Hemel Hempstead I returned with many reflections and deep thoughts.

Laughter Yoga is definitely a physical activity and we shared loads of moments of truly cathartic laughter, joy, and tears of all types.

The laughter itself paved the way for deeper experiences to surface and the sharing of stories, the friendship, the creation of joy, the all sorts of awesome things in life, happened there – right under our noses for us to grab.

In the Laughter Yoga Leader Training friendships and connections are made but in the Laughter Yoga Teacher Training friendships and connections are deepened in a way that makes it seem as if we have all known each other longer than the five days.

Every group is special and every training leaves me with lots to digest. Even if people do not stay in touch, there will still be friendships that have formed and whenever we come together there is understanding of why we don’t always remain in communication.

Whether people come to learn to become a Laughter Yoga Teacher or to get a fully and more complete understanding of all aspects of Laughter Yoga does not matter, the fact is that people come together to learn and to share.

We all leave with is a cornucupia full to the brim with inspiration, knowledge, wisdom, and a real thirst for making it happen.

This is personal and professional development at its grandest!

There was a purity of intentions in the group in January 2019 that builds on all the past years’ groups, and together with all those who came before, they go on to live the vision they created on the final day of the training.

A vision to change the world with kindness, smiles and laughter.

UnitedMind Laughter Yoga Teachers come together at a Reunion on 12-14 July 2019 at Felden Lodge in Hemel Hempstead. £150 for the stay

Laughter Yoga Teachers take Laughter Yoga one step further!

Please get in touch about our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Business Experts Programme

Completing the training as Laughter Yoga Professional opens a whole new world of opportunity.

Sometimes it can leave you shell shocked and almost paralysed with all the new ideas and instead of moving towards the vision and goals nothing really happens.

When we do what we have always done, we get what we have always got.

Take action or feed your mind on how to shift your gear up one notch on the Business Experts Programme.

You will be covering topics like

  • Creating a Killer BIO
  • Improving presentation skills
  • Creating a Marketing Plan
  • Creating a Business Plan

Next time the Business Experts Programme runs is

Special offer is £125, normal price is £275.

If you are interested in our Business Experts Programme or in any of our training courses, workshops, training, coaching, keynotes, or other events, please contact us on email info@unitedmind.co.uk, or phone 0800 1214 714.

From Mr dod to Miss Dee

Kevin aka Mr dod trained as a Laughter Yoga Leader in December 2017 and has been running a Laughter Club in Norwich since February 2018.

No one I know of in Norfolk is as out in the market with his brand as Mr dod!

There is a whole and deep story behind Kevin and a heart that beats for laughter and fun, joy and happiness.

Powerhoop is Mr dod’s fitness routine, Laughter Yoga the mental health resource, and since becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher Training Mr dod has stepped up the drag game big time.

No longer simply Mr dod – now appearing everywhere as Miss Dee Licious.

Miss Dee has reached the final stage of Miss Drag UK as Finalist and there is so much work to do on hair, make up, wardrobe and lip sync routine plus walking in heels.

Laughter Yoga takes us one step further on fulfilling our dreams and Miss Dee is living proof that it only takes one step out of your comfort zone to kick off a ravine of events and happenstances.

Thank you for making your lip sync debut at the Talent Night of Laughter Yoga Teacher Training in Hemel Hempestead in October-November 2018 – ace performance!

We are rooting for you!

Visit Mr dod and Miss Dee and show your support on www.mrdodfitness.com.

Laughter Club International (UK)

A reminder that we meet and share laughter in the 1st St Albans Scouts Wadley Hut in The Laughter Club International (UK) in St Albans on Sunday 3rd February at 1pm-2:30pm – please do join us!

So exciting that we were joined in January by Laughter Yoga Master Trainer from Korea, Suyeon Lee, who taught us other ways to laugh.

There are over 100 Laughter Clubs in the UK with their own webpage where you can find details.

Please get in touch about the laughter clubs and other options via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

The Certified Training Formula

Accreditation is next step!

Together with some great Laughter Yoga Teachers I train individuals and teams all over the world to lead laughter sessions as Laughter Yoga Leaders or Laughter Yoga Teachers.

The Laughter Yoga Training is certified with an international certificate issued by Laughter Yoga International and co-signed by your teacher(s).

Getting the training accredited is a big step in standardising the way we teach Laughter Yoga in the UK and how we bring the techniques to people as a tool approved for CPD purposes.

Watch this space, it is happening!

The training that is currently being reviewed is

  • 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
  • 1-day Certified Laughter Yoga Coach Training
  • Laughter Therapist Training

This is exciting news at a time when mental and physical health is top of the priority list for many workplaces and public sector organisations.

With accreditation we are taking Laughter Yoga to another level of natinowide approval within the education system.

If you would like to train with me I would love to teach you and share my 16 years experience with you in London (together with Mel Bloch), St Albans, Durham, Preston and your venue if you want to organise your own dates with your group of minimum 4 people, as well as one-on-one in Hemel Hempstead.

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and is a requirement for the Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training:

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and is a requirement for the Certified Laughter Yoga Coach Training:

Please make your booking via secure link on www.unitedmind.co.uk/product-category/training/laughteryogateacher.

Remember to book your training on time

Laughter Yoga is for everyone!

Whether you want to start your own Laughter Club or simply wish to bring more laughter into your own life, workplace, community or business, the training courses are fantastic and so useful in life and at work.

Personal and professional development at its best!

For information about Laughter Yoga, our clubs, courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk, or 07736 341 717.

UnitedMind teaches Certified Laughter Yoga courses in the following locations:

  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher
    • London, St. Albans, Preston, Durham, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Coach
    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • Hemel Hempstead
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • Hemel Hempstead, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

The 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/):

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

The 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-teacher/):

5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
solely provided by UnitedMind in the UK since 2012

Fees for residential training are including accommodation.

Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

Accredited Laughter Therapist

The 2-day Laughter Therapist Training is only the beginning of the 6-12 months programme (full details on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-therapist/)

2-day Certified Laughter Therapist Training (NB 6-12-month programme)

Certified Gibberish Coach

The 1-day Gibberish Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers runs on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/gibberish-coach/):

1-day Certified Gibberish Training
for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers

Certified Laughter Yoga Coach

The 1-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Teachers runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach-cpd/):

1-day Certified Laughter Coaching Training
for Laughter Yoga Teachers

Or you can book your 8-week One On One Laughter Coaching Programme and get closer to your real laughter through the practice of Laughter Yoga exercises.

All fees listed in the newsletter are early bird fees available until one month before training dates and excluding travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise stated. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace.

If you want to be sure to get a place on the course of your choice please book now in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

For more information about certified training courses please contact us via info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714, or mobile 07736 341 717.

Full details of all workshops and training programmes, and how to register, are listed on UnitedMind’s website.

1st Laughter Yoga Leader Training of 2019

8 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

You may often stare and wonder how some people are just always happy. You might think they’ve always had a lot of luck in life – luck you don’t seem to have had. But we don’t think it’s just that.

Happiness is what you choose to be, not something that happens to you. Those happy people you envy do things to make themselves happy people, and you can do the same.

Learning to be happy is just like learning any other skill; it might take practice, but it will come naturally in the end. So what are the habits you can practice to enhance your happiness and your life?

Don’t compare yourself

Did you see what we said earlier about envying those happy people? Well, don’t! Comparing yourself to others is one sure-fire way to get yourself down.

You start to notice things that other people have, that you don’t – different qualities, different skills, different advantages in life. When you compare yourself and notice these things, you start to focus on what you don’t have and completely forget about what you DO have.

Always remember how lucky you are to have the life you have. Never dwell on the negatives, and always live life to the fullest!

Kindness

Say goodbye to bad feelings like anger, jealousy and negativity because kindness is scientifically proven to make you happier. Treating everyone with kindness, no matter what mood you start off in, will significantly boost your mood.

It’s all about those feel-good hormones and endorphins in your brain. Simply smiling and expressing kindness wherever you go, promotes positive feelings for you and the person you’re talking to. What’s not to love about that?

It’s not only important to be kind to others, but it’s also important to be kind to yourself. Don’t ever punish yourself for menial things like eating too much chocolate, skipping the gym, or doing absolutely nothing on your day off. Treat yourself.

Keeping busy

Happy people are known to be busy people – not rushed, but busy. Happy people take up hobbies and live life to the full! Don’t be afraid to say yes to trying new things, and don’t be that person that is constantly making excuses to avoid stepping out of routine.

But remember to keep it balanced. If you’re too busy, you’ll find yourself overwhelmed, and probably a little bit exhausted. If you’re spending all of your days doing absolutely nothing, you’ll find yourself bored, miserable, and lacking morale.

Trying new and exciting things is just part of life. Life isn’t about being monotonous; it’s about experience and doing what you want to do.

Cherish friends and family

Friends and family are essential to anyone’s happiness. They know you better than anyone else – that is why they have the ability to keep you sane, keep you laughing, and keep you happy.

Always make time to visit, call or just hang out with family and friends, and don’t ever let your routine or busy schedule get in the way of that. The love you have for them is the answer to a higher quality of life!

Personal control

Never let other people dictate how you should live your life. After all, you have your own goals and your own dreams, and you know what you need to achieve them.

By being in charge of your own life and what you do, you will increase your sense of self-worth and self-value, ultimately leading to a happiness that shines from inside your body to anyone that meets you.

Laugh more

When you think of happiness, what do you immediately think of? Odds are that you think of smiling and laughing. Why? Because these smiling and laughing are visible signs that show a person is happy. In fact, they are more than that…

Smiling and laughing not only show a person is happy, but increases happiness all around too – both within that person, and to anyone around them. It really is contagious.

This is exactly why we put on laughter workshops and laughter training programmes, where people can learn to laugh and embrace laughter to aid their personal growth and happiness. To find out more information about our workshops, you can head to our website or get in touch by calling 08001214714 or emailing info@unitedmind.co.uk.

Be healthy

Eating well and doing regular exercise are two things you can actively do to keep you happy. What you eat directly impacts your mood, and so does keeping active. Whether that’s a daily walk or a few trips to the gym a week, it can help you on your way to true happiness.

All it takes is a balanced diet and about 30 minutes of exercise a day to promote a healthy lifestyle; a lifestyle that enriches the mind, body and soul. In fact, it’s got a positive cyclical effect; being healthy makes you happy, and being happy will make you treat your body better. It’s a win win!

Acceptance

The final key to happiness, and perhaps the most important at times, is that you need to accept that not everything in life is going to be perfect. That’s not negative, that’s not defeatist – that’s just life. And that’s fine.

When we talk about acceptance, we mean both general acceptance of all those curveballs that life throws at you, as well as self-acceptance. Happy people learn to accept changes, injustices and setbacks that they can’t control, and focus their energy towards what they can control.

Laughter News January 2019

Welcome to January 2019

…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga in London, all over the UK and sometimes in Denmark, The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club.

UnitedMind is on the forefront with laughter, happiness and joy!

To continue receiving our news please subscribe if you haven’t already!

In January News we share the following…

  1. A Reflection from Yours Truly
  2. Workplace Laughter Workshops and Training
  3. Why The Playing Human Conference happens NOW
  4. London and the UK – we cover from edge to edge
  5. Laughter Club in St Albans and in the UK
  6. The Certified Training Formula on the way to Accreditation
  7. Remember booking Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapist training!

You can enjoy reading our news on our secure site on UnitedMind.co.uk!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general as well as a few moments of change on The Laughter Blog.

A few memories and places to listen and look…

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK, The Telephone Laughter Club, Laughter Clubs in the UK, and please stay with us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

Please also follow and like UnitedMind on Social Media

A brief overview of our January 2019 diary

2019 is looking to start out real busy but remember we are always ready to discuss something involving laughter and no distance is too far by car, train, plane, bicycle or foot!

To give you an idea of availability please visit our Events Calendar.

Available in London, across the UK, and Elsewhere

In January I will be sharing a lot of laughter around the whole of the UK and London in workshops and training events.

People who have fun get more done!

No distance is too far for sharing laughter and transformation.

Give the gift of laughter to someone you care about.

Laughter coaching, workshops and training offer great value in life and in the workplace. We can run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates around the country.

Please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

A Reflection from Yours Truly

Laughter Yoga is fantastic!

As I was looking at my diary for 2019 this morning I glanced at the year we are just about to complete – with great gratitude.

2018 has been an outstanding year in so many ways and the laughter we have shared has been truly exceptional…

  • 12 x Laughter Club
  • 1 x The Playing Human Conference
  • 2 x Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
  • 22 x Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 6 x Laughter Therapy, Gibberish and Coach training
  • 85 x Laughter Workshops (20 of them run by my Laughter Colleagues)
  • 1 x Laughter Workshop still to run before 1 January 2019

The rest of my time has been spent keeping 14 websites live and living, summing up accounts, replying to emails, taking calls, writing this newsletter, organising events, updating social media, and the odd free weekend now and then.

I am not intending to brag but simply expressing my delight that I am able to do what I enjoy doing, taking great pride in my work and feeling hugely humbled by the trust.

I love it – I love sharing Laughter Yoga and positive change! I would do even more when possible.

Can you tell?

No laughter-year without its share of challenges, though.

However, Laughter Yoga is so embedded in me as a coping strategy that even those conflicts that caused tears and painful experiences turned into valuable lessons to grow from and build stronger relationships where possible.

The joys and laughter exceed the challenges by far and this is where I find my thoughts go when I look back and pick out memories that shine.

There is no laughter that is irritating, too loud, too strange, excessive, weird or anything else than a wonderful harmony of joyful sounds.

Your sharing of your laughter over the years have brought healing and joy to me and more people that either of us can possibly imagine.

I feel blessed to have had all of this going on, thank you all for being part of the venture and for making laughter happen in so many places.

Practicing Laughter Yoga does not remove obstacles but instead make them more tolerable and easier to live with or even overcome.

Without you, the organisations, companies, workplaces, business partners, individuals, students, colleagues, family and friends I would not have been sharing as much laughter as I have been in 2018 and since 2000.

I am ready for a busy 2019 with even more to share.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Wishing you health, happiness and abundance in all areas of life now and beyond the coming year.

Love, Laughter and Peace

Lotte

Your Everyday Laughter Queen #youreverydaylaughterqueen

Workplace Laughter Workshops and Training

There was a comment following a corporate Workshop I recently held at the Q&A part at the end of the session about laughing at yourself.

A popular laughter exercise is Laugh at Yourself and it was interesting to discuss how some can find it difficult to laugh at the self and what defines us.

The point of the exercise is exactly that, to remove what we make things mean, to not laugh AT but to laugh as a coping tool.

Funny thing about Laughter Yoga and the words we use to describe Laughter Yoga…

We say ‘laugh for no reason’ when in reality we do laugh for reasons which are life-related.

So, instead someone made up that we laugh ‘unconditionally’ – SAME THING!

No conditions, no reasons.

Then we ‘fake’ the laughter but someone couldn’t say that because no one wants ‘fake’ so we ‘simulate’ the laughter or ‘pretend’ – SAME THING AGAIN!

Laughter is truth and honesty and all this pretending it is something or another makes me smile at the thought because these are exactly the things and issues we are addressing and attempting to remove or resolve with Laughter Yoga and the daily practice.

As the saying goes, “life happens outside the comfort zone”.

Laughter Yoga Teacher Get-Together Dec 2018

Laughter is a true blessing when shared with colleagues, friends and family just as much as when shared with strangers!

I am always happy to travel to you to teach, play and to speak at your short or long event. Where there are people, there is opportunity for sharing laughter, joy and connection!

Love Laughter Yoga and love life!

Read a bit more about me and my laughter venture with UnitedMind Laughter Yoga, Lotte Mikkelsen, on www.lottemikkelsen.com.

Together with colleagues and partners, as well as by myself, I provide long-term programmes to ensure the success of incorporating laughter as a professional statement and tool for creating results, both personally and professionally.

The workshops and keynotes we deliver have a deep-rooted foundation in real-life experience as well as in medical and scientific research.

UnitedMind and partners are proper experts in delivering Laughter Key Notes, Workshops and Training in the areas of

  • Mental health
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Stress management
  • Team building
  • Presentation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Science behind laughter
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Laughter Therapy
  • Gibberish and more

If you are interested in information about our corporate services please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Why The Playing Human Conference happens NOW!

You may have read a bit about The first Playing Human Conference which was held in September 2018. Perhaps even the story of why it is important for us now.

You can revisit the article on www.unitedmind.co.uk/laughter-conference/why-the-playing-human-conference-is-key/.

People are stressed to their max capacity and as such keep forgetting about the important things in life including being playful.

There are many days where seriousness creeps in, even when attending a conference like The Playing Human Conference.

However, the event provides methods for adapting and adopting skills to remain playful and funloving – even when life throws serious stuff in our faces.

When you commit to the dates, they become real as they enter your diary.

Often we delay making the decision and suddenly the event is over or seats have sold out, or our diary has become full of other events and commitments.

This is true for a lot of things in life…

When you decide for anything it starts happening – NOW!

Why not save a bit of money, like £50, and make sure you save the dates?

Three days of celebrating Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary with Founders, Dr and Mrs Kataria, followed by The Playing Human Conference with speakers who are joining us to play and to share their serious stories of what brought them to curiosity and courage in life – £100 right now.

Did you notice who is coming?

  • Anthony Bennett, Survivor and Inspirational Speaker
  • Dave Cornthwaite, Say Yes More Founder and Adventurer
  • Sue Haswell, Big Results and Mindfulness Leader
  • Kate Hull Rodges, HumourUs and Author
  • Albert Nerenberg, Film Maker and Laughologist
  • Maggie Irving, Class Clown and Performance Coach
  • Miriam Akhtar, Positive Psychologist and Happiness Expert
  • Yesim Kunter, Toy Designer and Creative Strategist

These awesome and inspiring people are not only there to tell a story, they are coming to share some fun and play with us all!

Make sure you book soon – even if 2020 seems a long way away.

Please get in touch about our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

London and UK – Laughter Yoga everywhere

In December we welcomed new Laughter Yoga Leaders and shared laughter with companies and organisations in London and South West England and in Denmark.

What a great learning curve for us all, both facilitator and participants.

Fabulous experience!

Whenever I am invited or booked to run a workshop or training I learn as I teach.

There is such tremendous beauty in the change people experience when they are willing to be willing to explore something that may feel different than what we usually engage ourselves in on a daily basis.

A recent comment from a large corporate client:

I can’t thank you enough for the fantastic session you ran for me with my team. The feedback, comments and discussions I have had since highlight to me that people found it informative, useful and, frankly, brilliant. I will confess, I was a bit nervous about it myself, but your professionalism, knowledge, skills and passion shone thorough. It was amazing to watch the transformation of people in the room – it was a physical, real thing to witness – as they gained the confidence to move away from the walls and join in. Then at the end, I think everyone got the point and it had a significant impact on many in the room.

 

If you are interested in laughter workshops, training, coaching, keynotes, other events and how you can learn to promote health and happiness at home and in the workplace, please contact us on email info@unitedmind.co.uk, or phone 0800 1214 714.

Laughter Clubs around the UK

A reminder that we meet and share laughter in the 1st St Albans Scouts Wadley Hut in The Laughter Club International (UK) in St Albans on Sunday 6th January at 1pm-2:30pm – please do join us!

There are over 100 Laughter Clubs in the UK with their own webpage where you can find details.

Please get in touch about the laughter clubs and other options via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

The Certified Training Formula

Together with some great Laughter Yoga Teachers I train individuals and teams all over the world to lead laughter sessions as Laughter Yoga Leaders or Laughter Yoga Teachers.

The Laughter Yoga Training is certified with an international certificate issued by Laughter Yoga International and co-signed by your teacher(s).

Getting the training accredited is a big step in standardising the way we teach Laughter Yoga in the UK and bring the techniques to people as a tool approved for CPD purposes.

Watch this space, it is happening!

The training that is currently being reviewed is

  • 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
  • 1-day Certified Laughter Yoga Coach Training
  • Laughter Therapist Training

This is exciting news at a time when mental and physical health is top of the priority list for many workplaces and public sector organisations.

With accreditation we are taking Laughter Yoga to another level of natinowide approval within the education system.

If you would like to train with me I would love to teach you and share my 16 years experience with you in London (together with Mel Bloch), St Albans, Durham, Blackpool and your venue if you want to organise your own dates with your group of minimum 4 people, as well as one-on-one in Hemel Hempstead.

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and is a requirement for the Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training:

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and is a requirement for the Certified Laughter Yoga Coach Training:

Please make your booking via secure link on www.unitedmind.co.uk/product-category/training/laughteryogateacher.

Remember to book your training on time

Laughter Yoga is for everyone!

Whether you want to start your own Laughter Club or simply wish to bring more laughter into your own life, workplace, community or business, the training courses are fantastic.

For information about Laughter Yoga, our clubs, courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk, or 07736 341 717.

UnitedMind teaches Certified Laughter Yoga courses in the following locations:

  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher
    • London, St. Albans, Blackpool, Durham, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

       

  • Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Coach
    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

       

  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • Hemel Hempstead
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • Hemel Hempstead, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

The 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/):

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

The 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-teacher/):

5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
solely provided by UnitedMind in the UK since 2012

Fees for residential training are including accommodation.

Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

Accredited Laughter Therapist

The 2-day Laughter Therapist Training is only the beginning of the 6-12 months programme (full details on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-therapist/)

2-day Certified Laughter Therapist Training (NB 6-12-month programme)

Certified Gibberish Coach

The 1-day Gibberish Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers runs on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/gibberish-coach/):

1-day Certified Gibberish Training
for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers

Certified Laughter Yoga Coach

The 1-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Teachers runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach-cpd/):

1-day Certified Laughter Coaching Training
for Laughter Yoga Teachers

Or you can book your 8-week One On One Laughter Coaching Programme and get closer to your real laughter through the practice of Laughter Yoga exercises.

All fees listed in the newsletter are early bird fees available until one month before training dates and excluding travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise stated. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace.

If you want to be sure to get a place on the course of your choice please book now in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

For more information about certified training courses please contact us via info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714, or mobile 07736 341 717.

Full details of all workshops and training programmes, and how to register, are listed on UnitedMind’s website.

Final 2018 Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London

Laughter News December 2018

Welcome to December 2018

…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga in London, all over the UK and sometimes in Denmark, The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club.

UnitedMind is on the forefront with laughter, happiness and joy!

To continue receiving our news please subscribe if you haven’t already!

The year has been full of laughter – thank you!

And it is not over yet! There is still lots of laughter to be shared and December is the busiest December has ever been in terms of Laughter Yoga Training and Laughter Workshops.

Laughter is a true blessing when shared with friends and family just as much as when shared with strangers!

I am always happy to travel to you to teach, play and to speak at your short or long event. Where there are people, there is opportunity for sharing laughter, joy and connection!

In December I will be sharing a lot of laughter in London and I will also be laughing in Denmark and other parts of the UK…and more…

No distance is too far when your joy and laughter is at stake!

Give the gift of laughter to someone you care about.

In December News we share the following…

  1. Corporate Laughter Workshops and Training
  2. Laughter Yoga 25 Anniversary and The Playing Human Conference 2020
  3. London and the UK – touching, moving, inspiring
  4. Laughter Club in St Albans and in the UK
  5. The Certified Training Formula
  6. Remember booking Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapist training!

You can enjoy reading our news on our secure site on UnitedMind.co.uk!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general as well as a few moments of change on The Laughter Blog.

A few memories and places to listen and look…

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK, The Telephone Laughter Club, Laughter Clubs in the UK, and please stay with us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

Please also follow and like UnitedMind on Social Media

A brief overview of our December 2018 diary

My first car drove a lot of miles, too…

December 2018 looks just as wonderful with plenty of laughter as the past months have.

To give you an idea of availability please visit our Events Calendar.

Remember we are always ready to be up to something with laughter and no distance is too far when the car is on the road!

Laughter coaching, workshops and training offer great value in life and in the workplace. We can run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates around the country.

Please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Corporate Laughter Workshops and Training

The number of workplaces who are choosing Laughter Yoga, Laughter Coaching and Laughter Therapy as a method for combatting various business needs such as team building, stress management, communication and presentation skills, as well as the more hidden pains within their staff, has risen dramatically over the past few years.

This increase in the requirement for laughter workshops and training is a great trend that is continuing into 2019 and beyond.

Already the diary well into 2020 is bursting with bookings and I am tremendously grateful for the trust in the work we deliver around the country.

There has been and continues to be great focus on mental health in both the public and private sectors, and in this area we have many great results using Laughter Yoga as a long-term method to help integrate healthy habits and move forward in life.

Mental health is NO LAUGHING MATTER and we take it extremely serious when we work within organisations with challenges of this nature seeing that we work with people, emotions, teams, families and encounter many issues that require true connection and huge capacity for compassion. This is what we create when we share laughte and community.

Laughter Yoga is for more than just one-off workshops and events.

We provide long-term programmes to ensure the success of incorporating laughter as a professional statement and tool for creating results, both personally and professionally.

People who experience this often feel more connected with their peers, grounded in themselves as well as feel ready for any challenge.

There is not one single area where Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy cannot be applied to benefit individuals and groups.

Your organisation benefits from an allround solution with the potential for building relations, creating focus and motivation, lowering absence and improving staff retention and morale.

The workshops and keynotes we deliver have a deep-rooted foundation in real-life experience as well as in medical and scientific research.

UnitedMind and our partners are experts in delivering Laughter Key Notes, Workshops and Training in the areas of

  • Mental health
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Stress management
  • Team building
  • Presentation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Science behind laughter

If you are interested in hear more about our corporate services please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

The Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary

Laughter Yoga 20th Anniversary Celebration 2015

We are back to our original dates so you may want to change your diary to 5th to 7th June 2020 when we re-enter Conway Hall to celebrate Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary and celebrate being Playing Humans.

I am conscious that it may seem early to get the word out but I can assure you that venues are already booked far into the distance as are professional speakers.

So. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that many keynotes are in place and although there may still be some surprises the line up is awesome!

  • Friday 5th June 2020 is Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary Celebration and will be opened by Dr Madan Kataria and Mrs Madan Kataria

…and The Playing Human Conference 2020!

Saturday 6th June 2020 is the start of The Playing Human Conference 2020 with keynotes I will shortly start introducing because when it really comes down to time we have so little before June 2020…

  • Anthony Bennett, Survivor and Inspirational Speaker
  • Dave Cornthwaite, Say Yes More Founder and Adventurer
  • Sue Haswell, Big Results and Mindfulness Leader
  • Kate Hull Rodges, HumourUs and Author
  • Albert Nerenberg, Film Maker and Laughologist
  • Maggie Irving, Class Clown and Performance Coach
  • Miriam Akhtar, Positive Psychologist and Happiness Expert
  • Yesim Kunter, Toy Designer and Creative Strategist

And remember – these fantastic people are not only there to tell a story, they are coming to share some fun and play with us all!

Make sure you book soon – even if 2020 seems a long way away.

If you want to put your interest forward you can book now, there are only 200 seats made available and with a fee this time of £100 (early bird) and £150 (full fee) for all three days I am fairly certain we will fill Conway Hall in 2020.

There are 40 VIP seats and only a few left!

Booking www.unitedmind.co.uk/product/the-playing-human-conference-2020

Please get in touch about our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

London and UK – touching, moving, inspiring

One year ago with BBC and McVities

November and all the months prior to now have been full of shared laughter and although some may find it unexpected and others may love it what is a common denominator for all workshops and training is that we have spent time finding laughter and laughter has flown.

Laughter connects us and helps us find common ground to move on from disagreement, adversity, differences, ups and downs, and all the things that constantly happen in life and at work.

  • London is on a laughter high!
  • The rest of the UK is on a laughter roll!
  • The whole World is on a laughter mission!

November saw new Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers hit the towns and cities of the country, and there were laughter workshops held in nurseries, groups with learning disabilities, professional consultants, insurance people, and that is just November…

Throughout 2018 almost 20 workshops have been channeled from me to Laughter Professionals with whom I work with on a regular basis because I have not had the availability.

I wish I could work with every client who come to me, but I also enjoy nurturing the people who have trusted me with their training and development, and I, in turn, trust them to deliver to very high standards. Furthermore, we work together and my vision is to create opportunities for laughter for us all.

If you are interested in laughter workshops, training, coaching, keynotes, other events and how you can learn to promote health and happiness at home and in the workplace, please contact us on email info@unitedmind.co.uk, or phone 0800 1214 714.

Laughter Clubs around the UK

A reminder that we meet and share laughter in the 1st St Albans Scouts Wadley Hut in The Laughter Club International (UK) in St Albans on Sunday 2nd December at 1pm-2:30pm – please do join us!

There are over 100 Laughter Clubs in the UK with their own webpage where you can find details.

Please get in touch about the laughter clubs and other options via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

The Certified Training Formula

When you become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader or Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher you are not stuck with your presentation.

Learning Laughter Yoga takes you through a formula that works well and teaches you a way of presenting which is a great foundation.

With this formular for introducing and running a laughter session it means you have a standard that you can work with in your sessions but it is far from ‘the only way to do it’.

Everyone has their own style and the format is simply a way of encouraging you to get confidence and to develop your own way of introducing.

Everyone learns the same method of delivery but Laughter Yoga then evolves and develops to be shared from our personality and your soul.

Nothing is set in stone and we come from a variety of backgrounds where we bring in our own core values and ideas, this is what we share in our groups when we are trained Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers.

Since 2007 I have trained more than 1,000 Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders and over 150 Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers. I am not telling this to brag in any way (perhaps just a little moment of feeling proud and feeling grateful), instead it is to highlight the popularity and the need for this type of training.

The 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training is really popular as a starter and both myself and the teachers I have trained enjoy teaching Laughter Yoga Leader students on courses around the country.

If you would like to train with me I would love to teach you and share my 16 years experience with you in London (together with Mel Bloch), St Albans, Durham, Blackpool and your venue if you want to organise your own dates with your group of minimum 4 people, as well as one-on-one in Hemel Hempstead.

There are currently 104 regular Laughter Clubs started by Laughter Yoga Professionals.

However, there are MANY more Laughter Yoga Professionals who have trained and taken Laughter Yoga and Laughter Coaching into their lives, their workplaces, and their communities without starting a social Laughter Club.

It is all about deciding what is suitable for you!

The 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training is the next step where you learn to teach Laughter Yoga Leaders and use more techniques in your professional work and personal life.

The training has been running at Felden Lodge in Hemel Hempstead since I started teaching the course in November 2012 – and it is amazing.

You get the opportunity to connect with some wonderful Laughter Yoga Professionals who together with you are taking Laughter Yoga to a whole new level. We go into the depth of breathing as well as discuss business oppotunities, you share you own special talent even if you think you have none, and much more.

The price you pay for the 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training is inclusive of accommodation from Monday to Friday and includes a vegetarian diet all week.

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates

Please make your booking via secure link on www.unitedmind.co.uk/product-category/training/laughteryogateacher.

Remember to book your training on time

Laughter Yoga will feature in the book by Elizabeth Gowing, “Unlikely Positions in Unlikely Places; a yoga journey round Britain” coming out with Bradt in June 2019. We were excited to invite Elizabeth in to experience Laughter Yoga with us at our Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Blackpool in October.

Laughter Yoga is for everyone!

Whether you want to start your own Laughter Club or simply wish to bring more laughter into your own life, workplace, community or business, the training courses are fantastic.

For information about Laughter Yoga, our clubs, courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk, or 07736 341 717.

UnitedMind teaches Certified Laughter Yoga courses in the following locations:

  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher

    • London, St. Albans, Blackpool, Durham, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Coach

    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • St. Albans
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • St Albans, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

The 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/):

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

The 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-teacher/):

5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
solely provided by UnitedMind in the UK since 2012

Fees for residential training are including accommodation (only applies to Hemel Hempstead training).

Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

Accredited Laughter Therapist

The 2-day Laughter Therapist Training is only the beginning of the 6-12 months programme (full details on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-therapist/)

2-day Certified Laughter Therapist Training (NB 6-12-month programme)

Certified Gibberish Coach

The 1-day Gibberish Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers runs on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/gibberish-coach/):

1-day Certified Gibberish Training
for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers

Certified Laughter Yoga Coach

The 1-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Teachers runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach-cpd/):

1-day Certified Laughter Coaching Training
for Laughter Yoga Teachers

Or you can book your 8-week One On One Laughter Coaching Programme and get closer to your real laughter through the practice of Laughter Yoga exercises.

All fees listed in the newsletter are early bird fees available until one month before training dates and excluding travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise stated. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace.

If you want to be sure to get a place on the course of your choice please book now in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

For more information about certified training courses please contact us via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, or telephone 0800 1214 714, or mobile 07736 341 717.

Full details of all workshops and training programmes, and how to register, are listed on UnitedMind’s website.

Laughter News November 2018

Welcome to November 2018

…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga in London and all over, The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club.

UnitedMind is on the forefront with laughter, happiness and joy!

To continue receiving our news please subscribe if you haven’t already!

Anna Rachel Photography for The Wellness Movement

What a month – thank you for October!

Following on from September and the conference buzz I have been busy with teaching in Blackpool and in London, running workshops with corporate teams in London, midwives in the Midlands, and many other health and wellness events around the country.

Thank you for trusting me with your laughter!

I am always happy to travel to you to teach or speak at your short or long event. Where there are people, there is opportunity for sharing laughter, joy and connection!

Being based in Hertfordshire in South-East England does not limit my work as I travel around the country to share Laughter Yoga and therapeutic laughter at private and public events.

November will be taking me to Newcastle, Cambridge, Durham, London, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead – so far…

Anna Rachel Photography for The Wellness Movement

No distance is too far when your joy is at stake!

Give the gift of laughter to someone you care about.

In November News we share the following…

  1. The Wellness Movement
  2. Laughter Yoga 25 Anniversary and The Playing Human Conference 2020
  3. Business Experts in Hemel Hempstead
  4. Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
  5. In London and the UK – touching, moving, inspiring
  6. Laughter Club in St Albans and in the UK
  7. Remember booking your Laughter Yoga Teacher, Coach, Leader, Gibberish Coach and Laughter Therapist dates!

Reminding you that our monthly news have moved to our secure site on UnitedMind.co.uk and we look forward to sharing what we are up to with laughter!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general as well as a few moments of change on The Laughter Blog.

A few memories and places to listen and look…

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK, The Telephone Laughter Club, Laughter Clubs in the UK, and please stay with us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

Please also follow and like UnitedMind on Social Media

A brief overview of our November 2018 diary

November 2018 is another busy month with people getting ready for the year-end.

To give you an idea of availability please visit our Events Calendar.

Remember that no distance is too far and we are always ready to be up to something with laughter!

Laughter coaching, workshops and training offer great value in life and in the workplace. We can run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates around the country.

Please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Partnering with The Wellness Movement

For Corporate Wellbeing solutions speak to The Wellness Movement – they know what they are doing and they know about corporate, holistic health.

The Wellness Movement is an organisation set up to enhance the corporate lifestyle, culture and environment, they do this through a variety of initiatives including mental health, nutrition, meditation and physical activities.

The Wellness Movement works with over 100 wellness professionals who are leaders in their respective fields, delivering innovative and on-trend workplace wellbeing solutions, and UnitedMind is partnering up to deliver Laughter Workshops.

  • Mental Health Talks
  • Nutrition Talks
  • Laughter Workshops
  • Breath Workshops
  • Meditation

To find out more about The Wellness Movement please visit them on their website www.thewellnessmovement.co.uk. You can also follow them on Instagram on @thewellnessmovement1.

.If you are interested in hear more about our partnerships please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

The Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary

The dates are final for the celebration of the 25th Anniversary for Laughter Yoga in the UK. We will start a weekend of serious laughter, play, joy, learning, fun, connection, and creativity with a grand opening with wonderful Laughter Yoga on Friday 17 April 2020!

Make sure you book soon – even if 2020 seems a long way away. With International Laughter Yoga Royalty coming to the UK the venue will fill quick.

Laughter Yoga Professionals are lining up to present their special brand of Laughter Yoga and already I have had to say no to some and maybe to others.

Who will be speaking, who will be sharing, who will be joining the Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary in London in 2020?

…and The Playing Human Conference 2020

will be running on Saturday 18 April 2020 to Sunday 19 April 2020.

The 2018 event was amazing, however, just wait until you hear about the speakers we have in store for you for 2020. Goodness me!

We am still in the process of discussing details with some super-exciting people and you may think we are in good time but we are end of 2018, suddenly it will be 2019, and if 2019 goes as fast as 2018 then suddenly 2020 will be here.

If you want to put your interest forward you can book now, there are only 400 seats and with a fee this time of £100 (early bird) and £150 (full fee) for all three days I am fairly certain we will fill Conway Hall in 2020.

There are 40 VIP seats – the first two rows in the hall, and they have almost all booked by now.

Booking early… www.unitedmind.co.uk/product/the-playing-human-conference-2020

Please get in touch about our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Business Experts in Hemel Hempstead

The Business Experts Programme has been running online for a number of years and I have decided to bring it back to a 1-day in-person workshop.

When we spend the hours together the benefits of discussions, work templates, presenting on video, decision making, planning, defining and structuring exceed the benefits of the online equivalent.

Online Business Experts is still a super-valid programme and I recommend it to anyone who wants to take their Laughter Business or Holistic Business further, however, if you can at all make it to Hemel Hempstead please come.

We cover the following key elements of creating your image defining, and refining your strategy

  1. Creating a Killer BIO
  2. Improving presentation skills
  3. Creating a Marketing Plan
  4. Creating a Business Plan

It runs on the following dates in Hemel Hempstead

For more information about our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

In London and UK – touching, moving, inspiring

October has been an ocean of laughter blessings!

Sharing Laughter Yoga with innovative companies in London, with 100 bankers, 200 midwives, nurses in London, adults with learning disabilities, and Laughter Yoga Leaders in different locations has been a gift.

It is what I do and it is my business but it does not stop me from feeling a real sense of gratitude when people take on Laughter Yoga. Whether you choose to keep the laughter flowing or go back to ‘how it was’ is your choice, and I can only recommend the first one of those options.

Keep the laughter alive.

And there is always a choice to be made…

I leave my training courses and workshops feeling touched, moved and inspired by each and every one of the individuals and teams who have decided to give it a go. Even those who sits it out in a workshop, may capture a small word of wisdom they take with them in their heart and subconscious mind.

There is lots of laughter to be had and to be shared!

If you are interested in laughter workshops, training, coaching, other events and how you can learn to promote health and happiness at home and in the workplace, please contact us on email info@unitedmind.co.uk, or phone 0800 1214 714.

Laughter Clubs around the UK

A gentle reminder that we meet and share laughter in the 1st St Albans Scouts Wadley Hut in The Laughter Club International (UK) in St Albans on Sunday 7th October at 1pm-2:30pm – please do join us!

There are over 100 Laughter Clubs in the UK with their own webpage where you can find all details of where to laugh with others.

Please get in touch about the laughter clubs and other option via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Laughter Yoga Teacher Training

The 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training has been running at Felden Lodge in Hemel Hempstead since I started teaching the course in November 2012 and they have been amazing.

Felden Lodge also needs to continue to live on and their accommodation fees reflect this. It is the first time since 2012 that they are raising their price and it is reflected in the course fee.

The 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training in 2019 and onwards is now priced at £850 early bird and £1,195 full fee, in October you can still book at the old early bird fee of £750 for the course running 21-25 January 2019 – check out with coupon ‘2018price’ to get £100 off £850.

The price is including accommodation from Monday to Friday and includes a vegetarian diet throughout the week.

Next 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training courses run on the following dates

Please make your booking via secure link on www.unitedmind.co.uk/product-category/training/laughteryogateacher.

Remember to book your training on time

Laughter Yoga will feature in the book by Elizabeth Gowing, “Unlikely Positions in Unlikely Places; a yoga journey round Britain” coming out with Bradt in June 2019. We were excited to invite Elizabeth in to experience Laughter Yoga with us at our Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Blackpool in October.

Laughter Yoga is for everyone!

Whether you want to start your own Laughter Club or simply wish to bring more laughter into your own life, workplace, community or business, the training courses are fantastic.

For information about Laughter Yoga, our clubs, courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk, or 07736 341 717.

UnitedMind teaches Certified Laughter Yoga courses in the following locations:

  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher

    • London, St. Albans, Blackpool, Durham, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Coach

    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • St. Albans
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • St Albans, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

The 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/):

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

The 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-teacher/):

5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
solely provided by UnitedMind in the UK since 2012

Fees for residential training are including accommodation (only applies to Hemel Hempstead training).

Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

Accredited Laughter Therapist

The 2-day Laughter Therapist Training is only the beginning of the 6-12 months programme (full details on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-therapist/)

2-day Certified Laughter Therapist Training (NB 6-12-month programme)

Certified Gibberish Coach

The 1-day Gibberish Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers runs on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/gibberish-coach/):

1-day Certified Gibberish Training
for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers

Certified Laughter Yoga Coach

The 1-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Teachers runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach-cpd/):

1-day Certified Laughter Coaching Training
for Laughter Yoga Teachers

Or you can book your 8-week One On One Laughter Coaching Programme and get closer to your real laughter through the practice of Laughter Yoga exercises.

All fees are early bird fees available until one month before training dates and excluding travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise stated. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace.

If you want to be sure to get a place on the course of your choice please book now in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

For more information about certified training courses please contact us via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, or telephone 0800 1214 714, or mobile 07736 341 717.

Full details of all workshops and training programmes, and how to register, are listed on UnitedMind’s website.

Laughter News October 2018

Welcome to October 2018

…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga in London and all over, The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club.

UnitedMind is on the forefront with laughter, happiness and joy!

To continue receiving our news please subscribe if you haven’t already!

September was awesome!

The month saw the first The Playing Human Conference being held in London. I said I would not organise it again but experiencing the buzz had me quickly change my mind. Read more about the event in this newsletter.

In addition to the conference, September has been a great month for sharing Laughter Yoga, Gibberish and Laughter Therapy, it has been full of wonderful workshops with midwives, local town communities, banks, insurance companies, Gibberish training and Laughter Therapist training plus a birthday live interview on Channel 4 4Music Trending Live as well as a Wednesday evening interview on Radio Humber – to mention just a little bit.

Where there are people, there is opportunity for sharing laughter!

Just a reminder, that although I am based in Hertfordshire in South-East England I travel around the country to share Laughter Yoga and therapeutic laughter at private and public events. In October I will be in Blackpool, Yorkshire, Cambridge, Newcastle and many other places sharing laughter.

No distance is too far to share laughter!

In October News we share the following…

  1. The Playing Human Conference – NOT a one-off!
  2. Laughter Club in St Albans and in the UK
  3. Gibberish Training is not just for fun
  4. Across London and the UK – making a difference in community and workplace
  5. Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training – some courses are full
  6. Remember booking your Laughter Yoga Teacher, Coach, Leader, Gibberish Coach and Laughter Therapist dates!

Reminding you that our monthly news have moved to our secure site on UnitedMind.co.uk and we look forward to sharing what we are up to with laughter!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general as well as a few moments of change on The Laughter Blog.

A few memories and places to listen and look…

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK, The Telephone Laughter Club, Laughter Clubs in the UK, and please stay with us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

Please also follow and like UnitedMind on Social Media

A brief overview of our October 2018 diary

October 2018 is as busy as ever with everyone back at work and study. To give you an idea of availability please visit our Events Calendar.

Remember that no distance is too far when your joy and laughter is at stake!

Laughter coaching, workshops and training offer great value in life and in the workplace. We are always ready to run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates around the country.

Please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

The Playing Human Conference – NOT a one-off!

I gotta give it to the people who came together with the speakers at The Playing Human Conference! They changed my mind.

I huge and resounding THANK YOU! to all of your who came and played in London. Lots of love.

Before the conference kicked off on Thursday 27 September and had its final moments of glory on 28 September I was determined that I would not organise another Playing Human Conference.

However, the two days made it clear to me that there is an enormous need and a real desire for this particular event. Bringing together people from all walks of life, many of whom are trained Laughter Yoga Professionals, and some who are not, some who come from business and the health industry and yet some who are trainers of other methods in line with play, happiness, and mindfulness.

There is more to laughter than Laughter Yoga, more to living life happily than work, family and a home, there is so much more to life and some of it concerns community, connection, compassion, and play!

Playing as an adult makes life magical. Play lifts you into creativity, into caring and being a special human being with a deeper-reaching root to what makes our lives special and resonating with wonderful energy, love and joy.

The two days in London brought this home.

Undoubtedly play is the element where learning takes place, learning to be better people, better parents, better friends, mums, daughters, sons, dads, brothers, sisters, colleagues, better understanders, better all people.

The other elements are water, air, fire, metal and earth…

The reality of what we created in those two days struck me when we all dispersed into our own separate lives Friday evening with the knowing that seeds had been sown and now the big challenge is to share and to spread the idea of being Playing Humans in real life and at work.

There is nothing religious or dubious about it, it is an attitude adjustment and a wink in the eye along with a willingness to explore what seems to be tabu in our society…

Frown alert! when we laugh and smile too much. We have to be serious to achieve and be seen to be committed to work, relationship, life in gereral.

What if…

As if there is a ‘what if’. This is a truth, we become more able at work, better functioning, more creative, more motivated, more lots of things, when we tap into a brain space that is rarely utilised to it’s full potential.

We become Full-Potential Humans!

Listening to Robert Holden, Linda Leclerc, Patch Adams, Corinne Cosseron, Leif Hansen, Pady O’Connor and Jo-Dee Walmsley was touching, moving and inspiring. When we aspire to be the best version of ourselves the strive for peace is obtainable. Only through facing our own ‘suckness’ through our own looking glass can we change ways that are less accepting, let go of habits that are sometimes destructive and judging, discover how to surf on top of life and loving it all.

We were tired in the evenings, a good tired, yet there was still room for laughter as we settled in our Premier Inn room to check our friends and businesses.

A moment of shared laughter – try not to laugh along.

Our play, happiness and laughter events are essential for thriving and for re-vitalising in the workplace and home where little things may get to you and leave you depleted, sometimes feeling defeated.

Already in the melting pot and almost in the diary for 5-7 June 2020 is The Playing Human Conference 2020 where we start with a day of Laughter Yoga celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Laughter Yoga, then moving into The Playing Human Conference on 6-7 June where we will soon be launching a fantastic new programme with new and old ground-breakers, free-thinkers, fun-lovers, play-enthusiasts and storytellers!

If you want to put your interest forward you can book now, there are only 400 seats and with a fee this time of £100-150 I am fairly certain we will fill Conway Hall in 2020.

Booking early…

Please get in touch about our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Laughter Clubs around the UK

A gentle reminder that we meet and share laughter in the 1st St Albans Scouts Wadley Hut in The Laughter Club International (UK) in St Albans on Sunday 7th October at 1pm-2:30pm – please do join us!

There are over 100 Laughter Clubs in the UK with their own webpage where you can find all details of where to laugh with others.

It is a really easy place to find a local club where Laughter Yoga is at the heart of the activities. The Google Map of Laughter Clubs in the UK has been active since 2011 and has had over 85 thousand views so we believe it is a resource for everyone who fancies adding a bit more laughter to their lives, want to meet other positive people, or simply have a willingness to explore things that connect us.

If you cannot find a Laughter Club in your neighbourhood you are always welcome to train as a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and start your own Laughter Club because there can never be too many Laughter Clubs and we still have a lot of ground to cover in the UK.

Laughter Yoga Leader and Laughter Yoga Teacher information is listed further down, and if you cannot make any of the scheduled dates then how about getting a group of minimum 4 people together and we will come to you and train your people.

Please get in touch about our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Gibberish Training

I have mentioned Gibberish many times in the past but every time I run the 1-day Certified Gibberish Coach training I re-excite about what this technology really can do for us all. In communication, miscommunication, verbal interaction and in life in general.

The day is filled with the theory of Gibberish but more importantly with playful Gibberish exercises and expansion on our Gibberish vocabulary.

Next Certified Gibberish Training is in the following locations:

If you have any questions or need more information about our courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Events across London and the UK – laughter matters!

There have been some wonderful events taking place that I have been very lucky to be invited to take part in as the Laughter Yoga essence.

In September I have shared laughter at the recurring High Wycombe Community Wellbeing Day and it was a wonderful day of creative crafting, food for thought, food for the body, mind juice, activities for children, and Laughter Yoga for all. Thank you for inviting me again this year!

The bank environment can be stressful like all professional workplaces and Laughter Yoga can be a great tool to connect in teams and share a greater sense of belonging, get inspired and get ready for autumn!

The midwives students were fantastic and when I returned home I had an invitation to be playful with Laughter Yoga at an annual midwives conference for 200 wonderful life-bringers. I am so appreciative of this connection.

New memories have been created, new ideas circulating in my mind, and warmth in my heart for everyone who have taken part in laughter and play, not just in September but throughout the years I have been involved and engaged in joyful work.

Last month I wrote that teaching is not just about passing on information and lessons, every time I teach Laughter Yoga, Gibberish and Laughter Therapy I learn valuable lessons in compassion, humanity, individuality and community.

It is seriously true!

And there is always a choice to be made…

I leave my training courses feeling touched, moved and inspired by each and every one of the individuals and teams who have decided to take on Laughter Yoga, Gibberish and Laughter Therapy, and it comforts me to know there is a bright and joyful future ahead of us – as if by magic.

There is so much more to tell but I will leave it for another time and let you read on – reminding you that Laughter Yoga is not too far away both date- and place-wise.

If you are interested in laughter workshops, training, coaching, other events and how you can learn to promote health and happiness at home and in the workplace, please contact us on email info@unitedmind.co.uk, or phone 0800 1214 714.

Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Autumn

Please note that our London course typically runs on Thursday-Friday but Mel and I have been experimenting with weekends in London and are offering one more weekend-training, on 8-9 December. Please note that the course in October is now full and the course in London on 8-9 December has only few spaces left.

  • 04-05 October Blackpool 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 18-19 October London 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training FULL
  • 17-18 November Durham 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 08-09 December London 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 15-16 September St Albans 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

All 2-day courses run from 10am to 5pm both days.

Please make your booking via secure link on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/product-category/training/laughteryogaleader/.

Remember to book your training on time

Laughter Yoga Leader and Laughter Yoga Teacher Training is increasingly popular – I have made this statement for many years now and it is as true as ever and we have already trained over 100 individuals in 2018.

Whether you want to start your own Laughter Club or simply wish to bring more laughter into your own life, the training courses are fantastic.

They are a great addition to life as well as to any type of therapy or workshop facilitation, health work and business-related demands.

The courses take you through learning a skillset that can successfully be utilised and adapted to any group in terms of laughter, play, relaxation, mindfulness, or balance in life in general.

For information about Laughter Yoga, our clubs, courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk, or 07736 341 717.

UnitedMind teach Certified Laughter Yoga courses in the following locations:

  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher

    • London, St. Albans, Blackpool, Durham, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Coach

    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • St. Albans
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • St Albans, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

The 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/):

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

The 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-teacher/):

5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
solely provided by UnitedMind in the UK since 2012

Fees for residential training are including accommodation (only applies to Hemel Hempstead training).

Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

Accredited Laughter Therapist

The 2-day Laughter Therapist Training is only the beginning of the 6-12 months programme (full details on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-therapist/)

2-day Certified Laughter Therapist Training (NB 6-12-month programme)

Certified Gibberish Coach

The 1-day Gibberish Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers runs on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/gibberish-coach/):

1-day Certified Gibberish Training
for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers

Certified Laughter Yoga Coach

The 1-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Teachers runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach-cpd/):

1-day Certified Laughter Coaching Training
for Laughter Yoga Teachers

Or you can book your 8-week One On One Laughter Coaching Programme and get closer to your real laughter through the practice of Laughter Yoga exercises.

All fees are early bird fees available until one month before training dates and excluding travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise stated. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace.

If you want to be sure to get a place on the course of your choice please book now in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

For more information about certified training courses please contact us via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, or telephone 0800 1214 714, or mobile 07736 341 717.

Full details of all workshops and training programmes, and how to register, are listed on UnitedMind’s website.

Why The Playing Human Conference is key!

This is Pady O’Connor

Here is the thing, I decided who would speak and I also decided the name of the conference.

I had an idea and I ran with it, hoping and praying it would be of interest to everyone in and outside the Laughter Yoga World. Please read on…

Inspiration hit me following the day with Pady O’Connor and Patch Adams in April  2017, and it took me back to my childhood experience of an art exhibition in Denmark.

What is so important about playing as an adult? Grown-ups must be serious and focused or they will not achieve. Something we hear or are told or have told others.

This is Leif Hansen

The journey of putting together The Playing Human Conference has been amazing and stressful, too, not knowing if people would actually support this fantastic event or simply not bother at all, and there are still a few steps before we are there.

I believe in this event and many more to come but my trust and faith is not the key to making it happen, your commitment is just as important.

This is Shonette Bason Wood

The Playing Human Conference is not only for the Laughter Yoga Community, which is a group I know very well, but it is for everyone who find themselves in serious jobs, a serious relationship, serious life events, it is for fun-loving, joyful people, too, people who want a bit of extra oomph!

I can tell you all the stats and point you to the research and background for why playing as an adult is important but you will need to find the meaning of play within yourself.

This is Robert Holden

Open your heart and your mind to the possibility that there is another way than being seriously involved in your work, family, friends, and life.

Being playful doesn’t mean ‘not-serious’ about it all, it simply means that you have chosen to become more creative, focused, motivated and determined in all areas of life!

And the bonus is that you will experience more laughter which makes you feel healthy and energetic on top of it all.

This is Linda Leclerc

This year it has become even more clear to me the impact of our stressful lives and ways, so many people within my network have suffered strokes, heart-attacks, stress related conditions, cancer diagnosis, other stress and health-related events, along with mental health and anxiety challenges.

Many did not survive.

It makes me cry and feel so immensely sad because what will it take? What will it take before we get that our ways must change?

Peace within creates peace outside ourselves – even if we start with just one person, ourselves, one person is enough to start the ball rolling.

This is Jo-Dee Walmsley (in front)

Play in the workplace, one person who is playful is enough to start a trend even if it seems it isn’t. If you are a stand for your idea and it is for the good of all people involved then there is always a chance. Even if it seems you knock your head against wall upon wall upon wall.

  • We want to be happy.
  • We want to be healthy.
  • We want to live life to the full in relation to what we deem to be full for us.

Choose to come to The Playing Human Conference – it may give you valuable insights and then some…

The Playing Human Conference is less than a month away and here is how things have been

  • I Skyped with Robert Holden last year. He is fun and amazingly playful – I only have a fraction of an idea of what he will talk about and share with us but he knows what it is all about and that’s what counts…
  • I met with Leif Hansen and his lovely family this summer. He is lighthearted and full of wonderful mischief – I have no doubt we will all benefit from his work…
  • I reconnected with my Haha Sister Linda Leclerc. She is the key to laughter and joy – I cannot wait to experience the nature of her work with you all…
  • I laughed with Shonette Bason Wood. She is the comedy queen and her ideas for creating daily playfulness – this is what we all need today and tomorrow…
  • I chatted with Pady O’Connor this spring. He is joyously fantastic with a view to create positive change from within and his work with masks is enchanting and inspiring – I have no doubt we will learn how to play and mask it all…
  • I connected with the Patch Adams’ Team. He is clown-extraordinaire and is on a mission to change the world – I believe in the magic he shares and I am sure we will see the world in a different light after his moment with us…
  • I have schemed and planned with Jo-Dee Walmsley. She is the top of MCs and has a cheerful attitude and approach to introducing key people – I am so chuffed she is with us, we can all benefit from confident presentations…

and TODAY I spoke with Jeremy Gilley and it really touches, moves and inspires me to introduce him because his cause is what we all want.

This is Jeremy Gilley

Jeremy is the man behind Peace One Day and International Peace Day 21 September and he is closing The Playing Human Conference on 28 September with an inspired moment of the joy that peace creates when we share it with others.

No better way to end the conference than with inspiration to pursue peace no matter what!

I cannot wait and I have to pinch myself sometimes when I ponder on the line-up for The Playing Human Conference in London on 27-28 September.

If you are still undecided about the conference, I rest my case. If these people do not inspire you to come then there is nothing more I can add other than I hope to share laughter and joy with you another time.

  • Leif is an awesome improvisor and motivator
  • Pady is the key to unmasking your true self
  • Robert is THE happiness expert
  • Patch is synonymous with clowning and playing
  • Shonette is play and mischief in one person
  • Linda is a true laughter chocolatier,
  • Jeremy is the delightful holder of peace and community!

This is Patch Adams (with the chicken hat)

This is what you get, these people are coming to share their stories and their methods. Book before it is too late, book two people and save or book one person and save less but you still save.

The Playing Human Conference is held at Conway Hall in London on 27-28 September 2018.

Book at £250 for the two days on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/product/the-playing-human-conference/ and if you book two people check out with coupon ‘specialfortwo’ to get your discount and pay only £350 in total.

Laughter News September 2018

Welcome to September 2018

…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga in London and all over, The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club.

UnitedMind is on the forefront with laughter!

To continue receiving our news please subscribe if you haven’t already!

Once again in August I had the awesome chance to laugh with car enthusiasts and happy festival goers at BBC Children In Need event CarFest 2018 – this time in the South with my Laughter Colleague, Liz Doyle.

FASTASTIC AND FUN!

There has been MUCH laughter in August, a month I have traditionally held free for time off.

This year’s August has been completely different as I have been running Laughter Training and workshops around the country and I will share a bit from my laughter trips, so please do keep reading.

Just a reminder, that I am based in Hertfordshire in South-East England but I travel around the country to share Laughter Yoga and therapeutic laughter at private and public events.

No distance is too far to share laughter!

In September News we share the following…

  1. CarFest South 2018 – what another buzz!
  2. Why be playful in life? The Playing Human Conference – what’s in it for you?
  3. Business Therapy with Sue and Cathy!
  4. Across London and the UK – making a difference in community and workplace
  5. The Telephone Laughter Club – a few good changes
  6. Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training the rest of 2018 and into 2019
  7. Remember booking your Laughter Yoga Teacher, Coach, Leader, Gibberish Coach and Laughter Therapist dates!

Reminding you that our monthly news have moved to our secure site on UnitedMind.co.uk and we look forward to sharing what we are up to with laughter!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general as well as a few moments of change on The Laughter Blog.

A few memories and places to listen and look…

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK and please stay with us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

Please also follow and like UnitedMind on Social Media

A brief overview of our September 2018 diary

September 2018 is another busy month and to give you an idea of availability please visit our Events Calendar.

Remember that no distance is too far when your joy and laughter is at stake!

Laughter coaching, workshops and training offer great value in life and at work and we are always ready to run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates.

Please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

CarFest 2018 South – another shared laugh!

Thank you so much CarFest North and South for inviting us to share Laughter Yoga!

It was fantastic to experience laughing with festival goers in both North and South at the BBC Children in Need CarFest 2018.

Liz and I took to the stage together at the South event and when we started our planned laughter exercises the skies and clouds and everything above opened with heavy raindrops hitting us all!

We still managed to keep the laughter flowing in the festival drizzle.

Thank you to everyone who took part and to the organisers of CarFest. We hope to be back next year with more laughter exercises and encouraging daily laughter!

Watch on Youtube from South as well as North:

Please visit http://www.carfest.org/ to read more about the event.

Our play, happiness and laughter events are essential for thriving and for re-vitalising in the workplace and home where little things may wear you out and leave you depleted, and sometimes feeling defeated.

Having a Daily Laughter Practice does not remove obstacles and challenges but they seem easier to accept and move forward from regardless what they are.

Laughter Yoga’s popularity is increasing every day and our courses and workshops are booked early across London and around the UK and the world!

We are life changers and Laughter Yoga is our choice of voice!

Please get in touch about our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

The Playing Human Conference – what’s in it for you?

If you missed the introductions of our extra-ordinary keynote speakers please visit www.unitedmind.co.uk/category/laughter-conference

For the past many months I have been raving on about The Playing Human Conference which opens its doors in less than a month to two days of fun, serious learning and networking in London.

The event is more than a playful conference for having a few days out. There is real science behind the idea that being playful can really help us focus, stay motivated and become more productive.

It is an inspirational opportunity to learn from outstanding individuals who seem to have mastered the ancient art of play. They are sharing their secrets to lifelong contentment with us over the two days and in essence giving you some real-life techniques to help you through all seasons of life.

Two days where happiness, improvisation, play, laughter, masks, theatre, comedy and attitude take centre stage for you and with you.

Playfulness makes us better colleagues, laughter connects us and people who laugh together stay together, we judge less and find better solutions.

The range of playful speakers at the conference will give you food for thought and with the great variety of idea share, backgrounds and experience in the area of playfulness, laughter and living a happy, thriving life, there is something for everyone.

If you are still thinking about it, then stop.

Thinking is an activity that takes place in the part of the brain from where all logic and judgment stems and this is also the place where past solutions may not have worked and may never work. Becoming more playful enables us to access other parts of our brain that can help us become more creative and enjoy becoming balanced while surfing on top of life and work.

You can read all about the event on http://www.laughteryogaconference.co.uk/the-playing-human-conference/.

Play is essential for any adult and The Playing Human Conference is the event where you get fired up with ideas on how to improve your life at work and home.

                

              

Read “Play Doens’t End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess, Too”. Or copy and paste the link https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/08/06/336360521/play-doesnt-end-with-childhood-why-adults-need-recess-too.

Please contact us regarding Group Discounts and Special Offers, info@unitedmind.co.uk.

Full details of the conference, venue and how to get there, where to stay etc.

If you have any questions or need more information about The Playing Human Conference, or our courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Business Therapy with Cathy and Sue

When Business Experts and Therapists Sue Haswell and Cathy Towers deliver their two days’ Business Therapy your busines is in for a tranformational journey.

The 2-day Business Therapy workshop helps you take a whole bright new look at the business! It’s not prescriptive, and we aren’t attached to any outcomes.

The workshop is fun, action-packed, reflective, deep, moving and inspiring. You will leave with new ideas and a new commitment to your business.

Early booking recommended for 24-25 November 2018.

If you have any questions or need more information about Business Therapy, or our courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Events across London and the UK – laughter matters!

August is a great holiday month for many families and people across the country. I used to keep the month free for spending time with my daughter but now she is much older and her life is full of her own busy so I organise my time as and when people want to laugh and learn Laughter Yoga.

Laughter Yoga took me to Cardiff where we were 14 ‘girls’ spending two days laughing and learning. Carol, who had completed the Laughter Yoga Leader Training in 2009, had invited me to run the training and we ended up with a really nice group of laughter-willing people.

Four people had been to The Festival of Happiness in Manchester in early June where they decided to come on the training, and the rest of the group had either just found Laughter Yoga or been pondering on it for quite some time before deciding to train as Laughter Yoga Leaders.

“I found the course absolutely amazing, uplifting and it was a tremendous emotional release for me having been silent (believe it or not) and suppressing my bubbly personality for years and years.”

Thank you so much for joining me in Cardiff, I cannot wait to hear about the laughter spreading all over Wales and West-England.

Durham was beautiful, too, where 7 people turned up to learn the practice of Laughter Yoga in North-East England and even from Dundee in Scotland.

“I had a fantastic time at the weekend with you and the group, and it has brought me so much already. “

I sit here writing and holding some beautiful memories on the forefront of my mind, they trigger memories from course years ago and I am reminded of the tremendous privilege it is to teach Laughter Yoga in the training courses as well as workshops around the country with people who are willing and people who may have reservations.

The outcome is similar – joy and possibilities!

Teaching is not just about passing on information and lessons, every time I teach Laughter Yoga, Gibberish and Laughter Therapy I learn valuable lessons in compassion, humanity, individuality and community.

I leave my training courses feeling touched, moved and inspired by each of the individuals who have decided to take on Laughter Yoga, and it comforts me to know there is a bright and joyful future ahead of us.

I am tremendously grateful to have students and clients from all walks of life who invest in Laughter Yoga and therapeutic methods for reducing stress in the workplace and at home, apopting ways to create positive change in all areas of life, and become more playful, compassionate and mindful through learning Laughter Yoga, Gibberish and Laughter Therapy.

There are many more groups I have been laughing with in August but I wanted to focus on telling a bit about the Laughter Yoga Training this month as it had been positively filling up many weekends. There will be many more stories to come in the months ahead.

If you are interested in laughter workshops, training, coaching, other events and how you can learn to promote health and happiness at home and in the workplace, please contact us on email info@unitedmind.co.uk, or phone 0800 1214 714.

The Telephone Laughter Club

It is exciting that The Telephone Laughter Club now has its own webpage where you can find all details of when we laugh on the phone.

The original 7am Telephone Laughter Club is celebrating 10th Anniversary in September and we are therefore offering weekend laughter at 8am to 8:10am on Saturdays and Sunday – and since we are laughing on the phone you can easily stay in your jimjams.

The Weekend Telephone Laughter Club details between 8am and 8:10am on Saturdays and Sundays:

  • Phone number in the UK 0333 113 0100
  • Follow instructions and enter pin 958 0550 #

The 7am Telephone Laughter Club is on an 0800-number and has a small quarely fee of £10 or annual fee of £30. When you train with UnitedMind you get one month free access to keep you laughing!

You can register for the 7am laughter via the UnitedMind Online Shop.

The Telephone Laughter Club at 8am-8:10am is moving to laugh with the Rise & Shine Laughter Line which also runs at 8am-8:10am, and we found that it was a shame to separate 8-o’clock laughers on different numbers. Full details are listed on www.telephonelaughter.co.uk.

Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Autumn

There is a strong listing for the 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in autumn at the following locations and on the following dates.

Please note that our London course typically runs on Thursday-Friday but Mel and I have been experimenting with weekends in London and are offering one more weekend-training.

  • 08-09 September St Albans 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 04-05 October Blackpool 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 18-19 October London 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 17-18 November Durham 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 08-09 December London 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

All 2-day courses run from 10am to 5pm both days. And the courses are ALMOST full with just 1 or 2 spaces in September and October and still more than 2 spaces in Durham and London in December!

Please make your booking via secure link on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/product-category/training/laughteryogaleader/.

Remember to book your training on time

Whether you want to start your own Laughter Club or simply wish to bring more laughter into your own life, the training courses are fantastic.

They are a great addition to life as well as to any type of therapy or workshop facilitation, health work and business-related demands.

The courses take you through learning a skillset that can successfully be utilised and adapted to any group in terms of laughter, play, relaxation, mindfulness, or balance in life in general..

For information about Laughter Yoga, our clubs, courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk, or 07736 341 717.

UnitedMind teach Certified Laughter Yoga courses in the following locations:

  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher

    • London, St. Albans, Blackpool, Durham, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Coach

    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • St. Albans
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • St Albans, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

The 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/):

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

The 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-teacher/):

5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
solely provided by UnitedMind in the UK since 2012

Fees for residential training are including accommodation (only applies to Hemel Hempstead training).

Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

Accredited Laughter Therapist

The 2-day Laughter Therapist Training is only the beginning of the 6-12 months programme (full details on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-therapist/)

2-day Certified Laughter Therapist Training (NB 6-12-month programme)

Certified Gibberish Coach

The 1-day Gibberish Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers runs on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/gibberish-coach/):

1-day Certified Gibberish Training
for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers

Certified Laughter Yoga Coach

The 1-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Teachers runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach-cpd/):

1-day Certified Laughter Coaching Training
for Laughter Yoga Teachers

Or you can book your 8-week One On One Laughter Coaching Programme and get closer to your real laughter through the practice of Laughter Yoga exercises.

All fees are early bird fees available until one month before training dates and excluding travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise stated. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace.

If you want to be sure to get a place on the course of your choice please book now in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

For more information about certified training courses please contact us via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, or telephone 0800 1214 714, or mobile 07736 341 717.

Full details of all workshops and training programmes, and how to register, are listed on UnitedMind’s website.