Laughter News December 2019

Welcome to December 2019

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

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In December News we share the following…

  1. Brief diary overview
  2. A Seasonal Reflection from Yours Truly
  3. Softer Success – partnering for success
  4. Why The Playing Human Conference is Important
  5. Becoming Antifragile
  6. Laughter Club in St Albans, London, and in the UK
  7. The Accredited Training Formula
  8. Make sure you book your place on the Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapist training – places go fast these days!

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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…

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A brief overview of our December 2019 diary

Dr Dawn, Lotte, Biggins, James

It has been a fantastic year and it doesn’t seem to slow down.

People in teams and individually are looking to find laughter and heart warming connections moving into the final month of 2019 with all its loves, likes and dislikes.

December is the month where we hear all about kindness and friendliness, yet it is one of the really stressful times of the year for many, many people!

Give the gift of laughter to someone you care about this year.

Our journey will lead us to where you would like venture into the world of Laughter Yoga – for yourself or with people in your life!

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

Available in London, across the UK, and Elsewhere

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Our training courses are scheduled in London, St. Albans, Bristol, Durham and Preston. However, we can run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates around the country.

Mental health was one of the key themes for the MadWorld Conference a few months ago, we have mental health all of us, and Laughter Yoga provides a platform for maintaining a healthy outlook with a perspective full of opportunity for positive change.

UnitedMind has the largest network of Laughter Yoga Partners in the UK and we always do our best to find a good day, time, and the most suitable Laughter Facilitator for you so please look beyond our diary when you are looking to organise a Laughter Workshop or Laughter Yoga Training for your group.

Together we are stronger and more able to address your requirements!

All Laughter Yoga training provided by UnitedMind Laughter Yoga Teachers is certified by Laughter Yoga International. In additon all Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy training is ALSO accredited and approved for professional CPD in the UK by FHT. Ask for a list of UnitedMind Approved Teachers and always check your teacher’s credentials.

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

A Seasonal Reflection from Yours Truly

This day and age a lot of activites and what seems to be life happens online on numerous social media platforms.

This is the progress we have jointly created and some may enjoy it while others find online life a real challenge to fathom and maintain.

My business is built around real connections as well as an online presence I maintain daily and build together with professionals who know more about what they do online than I maybe do.

It doesn’t stop me from being active online, though.

However, people are important. Human beings were never meant to be isolated from each other – that is why we have laughter (and other significant features to being human). To keep us connected!

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MichaelJan Hair in Copenhagen

In November I visited my native Denmark, spent some wonderful days with my mum, and went to get my hair cut by the hairdresser I chose for a super important event when I was 13.

I have kept having my hair cut by Michael ever since, although I am not very good at regularity. So bad so it was 10 years since last visit.

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Laughter happens in abundance

The same was the case with my bestie, Henriette, who I was so chuffed to see on her birthday, same day as my haircut. We laughed and cried and laughed some more, in between lunch, coffee and cake.

When you are friends time flies and you are still friends even when it has been such a long time.

Mum, Alice, Strange and Dodekalit

It was a busy visit that ended by the Dodekalit stone-people formation where I was joined by my Laughter Yoga buddy who first became my friend in 2011 when we met at the Laughter Yoga Teacher Training in Interlaken.

The importance in this sharing of my personal visit to Denmark is that people are super-wonderful in person.

Friends – the best medicine!

We can easily keep in touch via the online apps and places but spending time meeting in person when possible really beats any Meetup, Skype or Messenger video chat. So I went to the Ideal Home Christmas Show with more friends.

My Laughter Yoga Tribe is spread all over the country and do my best to reach out when I am around different areas.

Noreen Laughter Yoga North-East

I was so fortunate to see Noreen whilst teaching in Durham, and she could tell a few stories about her own Laughter Yoga journey, since training last August, to the new Laughter Yoga Leaders.

The essence is to stay connected in real life and to life. Meet with people, hug them if that is for you, laugh with them, tell your stories, shake hands, stare into someone’s eyes, laugh some more, cry with them, be quiet with them and tell them how much they mean to you in your life.

Bedford Laughter Club – when Cheryl Green became a Laughter Ambassador

You are my kinda folk and I am on a mission to visit more Laughter Club around the UK from the new year than previously. Many started based on teachings I carried out and many new laughter clubs have started based on teachings from Laughter Yoga Teachers trained by me.

We are totally connected.

In 2020 we even have a Laughter Yoga Meeting for all Laughter Yoga Professionals on 25 January and a Laughter Yoga Teacher Reunion in August.

Until we laugh again!

Love, Laughter and Peace

Lotte

Your Everyday Laughter Queen #youreverydaylaughterqueen

Softer Success – partnering for success

When we network in person we can more easily find common ground and begin to shape connections for working together to create mutual success and benefits for our clients.

I am really excited to recommend Softer Success and Founder Cara de Lange for creating change in the workplace.

Cara is an international wellbeing mentor, consultant, author and speaker who is as passionate as any Laughter Yoga Professional about helping clients, teams and employees change their mindset in order to prevent burnout, and in this way create more harmonious, peaceful and productive lives.

There is great synergy in working together to create solutions for businesses where not only Laughter Yoga is recommended but also other methods that promote wellbeing and balance in life and at work.

To learn more about Softer Success please visit softersuccess.com.

And to find out how to work with us please contact me on lotte@unitedmind.co.uk. or call 07736341717

The Playing Human Conference – June 2020!

I was thinking about last year and The Playing Human Conference 2018 and remembering the people and the athmosphere. See for yourself…

Over the past many months I have been attending and deliveing Laughter Workshops at a variety of awesome conferences aimed at businesses and their ability to cope with change in the workplace.

So many thoughts have surfaced from these events and truly highlighted elements that seem to be recognised no matter who the organisers are, improving mental health, creating enjoyment in the workplace, sharing the stories, removing seriousness, creating strategies and fulfilling on them, how to, what to, when to – all of it leading on to maintaining and nurturing a joyful outlook on life through play methods and alternative activities.

Robert Holden opening The Playing Human Conference in September 2018

Only 65 tickets left!

This month is about the conference and what makes it special, but we will be back introducing more speakers in January 2020 – including a few surprises…

Make sure you book soon – 2020 is just around the corner and so is June.

Did you notice who is coming to play with us all?

These truly motivational people are not only there to talk, they are coming to inspire and move us all with playfulness and attitude!

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.

Becoming Antifragile

Knowledge, wisdom or experience based?

Many years ago I worked in the technology sector, first as Technical Support Consultant and later moving into Product Management, Sales, Marketing and becoming Managing Director of a small software company at 24 years of age.

Back then we spent many days every year attending conferences and trade shows, building up our knowledge and understanding.

The biggest question I once got at an interview was whether I had knowledge or wisdom with reference to the solutions I managed, a bit like asking are you superficial or deep.

There was great focus on products and solutions and no one expected anyone to ‘go down with stress’.

Nowadays the staff is in focus because workplaces recognise the true value of nurturing their people into being healthy and content – not only at annual Christmas events and summer parties.

Today the buzzwords are different and for a long time resilience has been a thing to build and strengthen in any human being and organisation.

Global Innovation Forum London #GIFLondon

At Global Innovation Forum in London I heard a new word (new to me), ‘antifragility’, and it got me listening and thinking. Resilience helps us cope with life’s ups and downs but antifragility moves us forward with our hopes and dreams.

We start thinking about what perspectives may be missing and how can we shape our lives in an empowered way.

I loved the talks because they challenged me in my thinking.

This is what we should do every day, challenge ourselves, to the hardest thing first and scale it. Including scaling any failed attempts of success whatever that may look like because then you learn even more.

Celebrate successes as well as those ideas that didn’t go as planned, and let others in on your plans so you can give away control in order to drive excitement and engagement, inclusion and community.

The Laughter Yoga future is exciting and exhilarating.

One reason being, that we are closer now and we work together to co-create opportunity for change in the communities and workplaces, at home and professionally.

Laughter Yoga can seriously improve your business advantage.

Please get in touch about UnitedMind’s Workshops, training, and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk or call 0800 12 14 714.

Laughter Club International (UK)

The Laughter Club International (UK) in St Albans, November 2019

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 First Sunday every month at 1pm-2:30pm – please do join us!

  • Next time is 22nd December 2019 – MOVED to 3rd SUNDAY
  • and final Laughter Club this year on 1st December 2019

There are over 135 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 Accredited Training Formula

Accreditation means our courses are proper approved for CPD!
Always ask for your teachers training credentials.

You are always in good hands with FHT Approved Laughter Yoga Teachers!

PLEASE NOTE, The Laughter Yoga Training is still certified with a standard international certificate issued by Laughter Yoga International and co-signed by your teacher(s) which you receive at the end of the 2-day or 5-day training.

You can simply get your certificate and be ready but there are a few more requirements if you want the additional accreditation certificate. The training is accredited in the UK.

Laughter Yoga Training Accreditation has been 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.

FHT Accredited courses from UnitedMind are

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

This is truly exciting 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 seriously and we are bringing the standards to another level of nationwide 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 (with Mel Bloch), St. Albans (with Charlotte Clark), Durham (with Jan Turner), Preston (currently by myself), Bristol (with Sue Haswell), 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.

Our training is outstanding, deep and fun, and you get two Laughter Ambassadors for the price of one when you join us in London, Durham, St. Albans, and Bristol!

The teachers mentioned above are just a few of the awesome people who have invested in their training with UnitedMind and have gone on to deliver outstanding 2-day Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader Training with skills that have all be obtained through experiencing Laugher Yoga for themselves.

ALWAYS check your teacher’s credentials…

Or contact me on email lotte@unitedmind.co.uk or call 07736341717 for details of other courses and other teachers.

Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and is a requirement for the 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.

Book your training on time

Laughter Yoga is for everyone!

PLEASE NOTE, The Laughter Yoga Training is still certified with a standard international certificate issued by Laughter Yoga International and co-signed by your teacher(s) which you receive at the end of the 2-day or 5-day training.

If you decide to achieve accreditation you will receive a second UnitedMind/FHT certificate on completion.

In addition, you get support from your teachers as you move on with your laughter life, as and when you need it. It is your call!

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:

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

Accredited 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 – click to choose your dates and venue, some of them are

Accredited 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 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

Accredited 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 Accredited 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.