Laughter News December 2017

Welcome to December 2017

…and news from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga Ltd. UK, Gibberish Communications Ltd., and The Laughter Club International (UK).

Information in this newsflash about

  • A brief overview of our December diary
  • Introducing: Merv Neal, Laughter Yoga Australia
  • Laughing with Carers
  • Important changes to The Telephone Laughter Club
  • Laughter Association UK – your official body
  • Extra Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Stafford and St Albans
  • FIND dates easily for teacher, leader, therapist, coach, Gibberish!
  • Laughter Association UK – the official body for Laughter Professionals

We look forward to telling you all about what we are up to with laughter!

Our newsletter is a combination of news, stories and upcoming events. We hope you will enjoy our content on a monthly basis, and look forward to seeing you on courses and training, workshops, Laughter Clubs or other laughter events.

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general on The Laughter Blog as well as The Healthy Laughing Blog.

And just to mention

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

A brief overview of our December 2017 diary

Just a quick overview of events in November to give you an idea of availability:

  • 01 December Laughter Training all day
  • 03 December Interview for Simply Laughter Online Summit 2018
  • 05 December – Certified Laughter One-On-One Coach Training Online
  • 07-08 December – Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London
  • 12-14 December – Laughter Friends in Denmark
  • 18-19 December – Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in St Albans
  • 22 December – Corporate Laughter Workshop in Blackburn
  • Laughter Leader Training on Fridays from 10am-12:30pm
  • Laughter Club St Albans 6:45-7:45pm Wednesday 6th and 20th December

I travel all over the country to share laughter and joy with individuals and workplace – you are closer than you may think! I will happily make more room for your events in the busy diary!

Or if you are interested in training your team at your own dates, a real bonus for your community or organisation to have Laughter Professionals as part of a wellbeing team.

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.

Introducing: Merv Neal of Laughter Yoga Australia (Australia)

The Playing Human Conference on 27-28 September 2018 is promising a variety of awesome speakers from around the world.

In September we started introducing these awesome individuals and their organisations, and this month we have another awesome treat in store for you.

Please join me in welcoming Merv Neal, Founder of Laughter Yoga Australia, Merv IS the Laughing Man!

There is no limit to the potential of laughter, the scince behind laughter, the business of laughter, the pursuit of laughter and all things laughter when Merv is around.

I have known Merv through online connection as Master Trainers for a few years now but meeting him at the Laughter Conference in Frankfurt in person was amazing.

He brings honesty, integrity and his no-nonsence Aussie way to the table and where there may have been doubts about what Laughter Yoga truly is and can do for you – there are no more doubts when Merv has spoken!

A second to none key-note speaker, friend, and representative for Laughter Yoga.

Merv was told he had a week to live, started laughing in the face of death, and won the battle – this was back in 2002.

Neal was suffering from aplastic anaemia, a devastating illness which stops the body from being able to produce new blood cells, but he was too busy building his million dollar empire to pay attention to the symptoms.

Laughter changed his life and it is his passion for helping others find true laughter that makes him extra extra-ordinary. Don’t miss the chance of a big chunk of laughter-Australia in London next year – it is truly magical.

‘It is impossible not to feel good when you’re laughing all the time,’ Merv Neal, CEO, Laughter Yoga Australia

Please visit Merv on www.mervneal.com to learn more about his work.

The Playing Human Conference programme is ready and you can book the full 2-day conference or perhaps you can only join us on one of the days. 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.

Programme for the two days:

Day 1 – 27 Sep 2018

Day 2 – 28 Sep 2018

09:15 Doors open for registration 10:00 Welcome back
10:00 Welcome 10:05 Pady O’Connor of Mee Mee Theatre (UK)
10:10 Robert Holden of The Happiness Project (UK) 11:30 Coffee Break
11:10 Coffee Break 11:45 Leif Hansen of Spark Interaction (USA)
11:30 Linda Leclerc of HAHA Sisterhood (Canada) 13:15 Lunch Break
12:30 Lunch Break 14:15 Shonette Bason of Spread the Happiness (UK)
13:30 Madan Kataria of Laughter Yoga International 15:15 Merv Neal of Laughter Yoga Australia (Australia)
14:30 Patch Adams of Gesundheit Institute (USA) 16:15 Jeremy Gilley of Peace One Day (UK)
17:00 Finishing the day 17:00 Finishing the conference
Maybe something for the evening… Perhaps a drink or something…

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.

Laughing with Carers

Since 2003 I have been sharing Laughter Yoga with carers organisations across the country and I have been blessed with often repeat workshops and recommendations.

Many carers have very tightly scheduled lives and little time to enjoy a bit of the all-important “me-time” so it is doubly extra-ordinary to have the chance of laughing for a brief moment and provide tools and skills that can be taken away and shared with the family or simply practiced alone.

The organisations have been large and small but they have the most important thing in common – they care. For someone and for those who care.

Scope is one of the organisations I have worked with this year and I am thrilled to reconnect and put together a Laughter Yoga programme for the befriendable group that is branching out and working even closer with the carers in the new year.

It is an amazing charity with fantastic people who work to make our country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Norfolk Care Convention

They care with their families who care.

And there are care organisations all over the country in various sizes and forms.

Care conventions and meetings are great places to share laughter!

Laughter Yoga is a beautiful way of connecting us with an energy that can take us through the toughest of times as well as connect us with other who are there for us, with us or in same or similar situations.

My family is a family of carers.

If you have any questions or need more information about the laughing with your organisation, service users, staff, volunteers, and other interest groups, about Laughter Yoga, 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.

Important changes to The Telephone Laughter Club

The Telephone Laughter Club has been running since September 2008 at 7am and is still running with great laughs from Monday to Friday from 7am to 7:10am.

Since 2010 The Telephone Laughter Club has been running on an 0800-number which is free to dial from UK landlines and now also from most mobile phones.

Owing to the agreement for 0800-number there has been a small monthly fee of £6 to join the telephone laughs. This will change from 2018.

The Telephone Laughter Club is a non-profit laughter club where every call is live and has always been life, the fee goes to cover the minutes spent. In January to November 2017 the minutes cost £1,362 and earned membership fees of £582. This is my investment in a Daily Laughter Routine and I hope you will continue to invest in the laughterline with me to cover a few minutes of the minutes we share laughing.

Also, from January 2018 the fee will be based on quarterly or annual memberships with a lower fee altogether.

  • December 2017, last monthly subscription, £6
  • Quarterly from January 2018 £10
  • Annual from January 2018 £30

Why this change?

For a few years we have also attempted to laugh at 12noon and 6:30pm but more often there have been few or no people laughing at those times.

With that in mind those times will not be running from January 2018.

Instead we will be laughing from 8am to 8:10am as an experiment for those who like a longer snooze in the morning.

The 8am-8:10am Telephone Laughter Club will be run as a potentially free service on a separate number which you won’t need a subscription for and it will start on 2nd January 2018 at 8am. This number will be trialed for three months and based on use and cost feedback may be changed to an 0800-number call instead but time will tell what is the best option.

  • Phone number: 033 3443 3443
  • Please email to get the full details for 8am telephone laughter

In the FAQ section on the provider website the question of what you will be charged has the following response:

Under Ofcom regulations, calls to 03 numbers must be included in bundled minutes offered by any UK fixed or mobile network operator in exactly the same way as calls to 01 or 02 numbers. This applies to calls from any type of UK line, including mobiles, landlines and payphones. So if calls to landlines are included within your bundled minutes, then your calls to WHYPAY? will be too. If you pay for your calls to landlines, or exceed your bundled minutes, then calls to WHYPAY? will be charged by your provider (not by WHYPAY?) at the same rate. Please note this only applies to UK callers.

Please check your provider’s information regarding the details of your bundled minutes package, as some providers start charging after a certain call duration (usually 1 hour). However many providers allow you to hang up and re-dial before you reach that point in order to avoid being charged, since they then see it as two separate calls.

A great thank you to Laughter Yoga Teacher Sara Kay for connecting The Telephone Laughter Club with the WHYPAY service.

If you have any questions or need more information about The Telephone Laughter Club, Laughter Yoga, 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.

Laughter Association UK – your official body

It has been a little over a year since Laughter Association UK was first created and went on to officially being launched on 1 January 2017. Laughter Association is the official body for Laughter Professionals in the UK ensuring best practices and high standards at all times.

Laughter Association UK is constantly raising awareness within the line of work the organisation operates in – for members and for clients.

There is a rise in the number of people who seek out Laughter Professionals via www.laughterassociation.co.uk and finding someone to run laughter workshops and training via Laughter Association UK is a great way to ensure the quality of the work provided.

 It is also with a huge amount of pride that two of our members received the honourable Laughter Ambassador nomination. Lotte Mikkelsen visited the laughter clubs in Bedford and Peterborough to present Cheryl Green and Linda Nightingale with their certificates.

If you have any questions or need more information about Laughter Association UK, the members, or how to become a member, please contact the organisation on info@laughterassociation.co.uk.

Extra Laughter Yoga Leader Training

If you have a group of more than four people you can bring together I am happy to come and teach at your venue.

Whether it is a private group of friends or colleagues in your workplace – laughter shared is beneficial to everyone!

This is what we are doing in Stafford with just a few more spaces available – both days run from 10am to 5pm.

  • The course runs on 17-18 January 2018 in Stafford ST16 2LZ
    You can book it on www.unitedmind.co.uk/product/certified-laughter-yoga-leader-training-january-stafford/

And in addition there is also an extra course with few spaces available in Chiswell Green, South St. Albans.

  • The course runs on 18-19 December 2017 in Chiswell Green
    You can book in on www.unitedmind.co.uk/product/certified-laughter-yoga-leader-training-december-stalbans/

And remember the 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Covent Garden on 7-8 December – a real treat with Mel and Lotte! www.unitedmind.co.uk/product/certified-laughter-yoga-leader-training-december-london/

Laughter training is amazing whether you are few or many in your class!

There are regular Laughter Clubs running around the country and it would be fantastic to add your Laughter Club to the map when you start this rewarding group for your near and dear and for your community.

Google Map of Laughter Clubs in the UK.

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.

The Laughter Club International (St. Albans)

It has been a while since The Laughter Club in St. Albans laughed and we are excited to kick off three months of Wednesday laughter.

We will laugh inside in The Lounge at

  • Greenwood Park Community Centre
    Tippendell Lane
    Chiswell Green
    St Albans
    AL2 3HW

There is plenty of parking space both at the front and when you drive around to the back. Bus 724 takes you from St. Albans City Centre (and rail station) to The Three Hammers which is just a 5-minute walk from Greenwood Park.

We meet on the following dates from 6:45pm to 7:45pm

  • December: Wednesdays 6th, 20th

If you have any questions or need more information about Laughter Yoga, the laughter club, 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.

Dates and places for Certified Laughter Training

UnitedMind teach the 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
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    • Hemel Hempstead, St. Albans, Durham
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • St. Albans, Durham, Online
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • St Albans, Durham, Blackpool, Online

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

  • 01, 06, 15, 22 December Online Laughter Leader Training £175
  • 07-08 December 2017 in London £175 early / £225
  • 18-19 December 2017 in St Albans £175 early /£225
  • 17-18 January 2018 in Stafford £175 / £225
  • 20-21 January 2018 in St Albans £175 early / £225
  • 17-18 February 2018 in Durham £175 early / £225
  • 01-02 March 2018 Laughter Yoga Leader London £175 early / £225
  • 05-06 April 2018 Laughter Yoga Leader Blackpool £175 early / £225
  • More dates on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/
  • Your workplace or with your group at dates to suit you!

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

  • 22-26 January 2018 in Hemel Hempstead £775 incl stay early / £995 full fee
  • 09-13 July 2018 in Hemel Hempstead £775 incl stay early / £995 full fee

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 (NB 6-12-month programme)

  • 21-22 April 2018 £550 early /£750
  • 19-20 May 2018 Blackpool £550 early / £750
  • 08-09 September 2018 Durham £550 early / £750

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

  • 30 January 2018 10am-3:30pm Online £95 early / £150
  • 24 February 2018 10am-5pm St Albans £95 early /£150
  • 10 March 2018 10am-5pm Durham £95 early / £150
  • 07 April 2018 10am-5pm Blackpool £95 early / £150

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

  • 05 December 2017 10am-3pm Online £95 early /£150

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.

  • 8-week One-On-One Laughter Coaching Programme

Your workplace at dates to suit you!

All of the training courses are great addition to any type of therapy or workshop facilitation, health work as well as business related demands, as the courses take you through learning a skillset that can successfully be utilised and adopted to any group whether it is about laughter, play, relaxation, mindfulness, or balance in life in general.

All fees are excluding travel and accommodation costs. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace, or concessions.

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, 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.