Laughter News May 2016

Welcome to May 2016

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

Information in this newsflash about

  • World Laughter Day 1 May 2016!
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Laughter Therapy
  • Laughter Conference and Festival – and a week!
  • Dates for Certified Training – date changes!

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 StaffLaugh, Gibberish Communications, Life Healer, and World Laughter Day UK and please visit us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

World Laughter Day 1 May 2016

The day is finally here!

World Laughter Day is upon us and we celebrate the day on Sunday 1 May 2016.

In the UK there are many laughter celebrations going on and I am excited to meet with people at the feet of Angel of the North in Gateshead this year.

Sadly, it means I won’t be laughing in St. Albans on World Laughter Day as it has been the tradition for 10 years but we are creating new laughter traditions all the time and North-East England is definitely ready for World Laughter Day!

Definitely a great celebration!

If you are looking for World Laughter Day laughter please visit the Google Map of World Laughter Day Events in the UK.

If you are interested in setting yourself up to organise World Laughter Day in the years to come please do get in touch or book your Certified Laughter Yoga Training and join the laughter movement.

Laughing for World Peace!

For more information about World Laughter Day or Laughter Training for you or your team, organisation, group, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, or mobile 07736 341 717

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health awareness is not just for a week of the year, mental health awareness is for all year around.

When our young people go to shcool they are put under so much pressure that many end up with anxiety, depression, and anger issues. No one teaches how to deal with this in school…

For the development of great mental and emotional health it is essential to take ownership of what doesn’t work and make the change! Not just in discussion but in action.

The Big Happiness Experiment spearheaded by Jules Mitchell is rolling out in parts of the UK incorporating mindfulness, meditation and laughter into the days or young people.

A new film by the controversial Michal Moore (Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11) has aired and there was a clip from Finland about school children and how play is incorporated into young people’s schooldays instead of constant test-pressure.

I hope you will take the time and get inspired by the 3-minute clip on https://www.facebook.com/londonplay.charity/videos/956499087796724/.

The magic of play.

Play makes young people whole and social beings who stay whole and motivated through life. Laughter Yoga keeps you on your toes with your playtime as adult in order to maintain emitional and mental health altogether!

However, as this is not the current situation, and many people regardless of age go through the constant battle of mental health conditions, we bring focus and attention to this growing challenge during Mental Health Awareness Week from 16-22 May 2016.

Healthy relationships are one of the keys to maintaining good mental health, and learning to bring more laughter into your life has the potential of improving relationships big-time.

People with mental health challenges come on the Certified Laughter Yoga Training courses to bring more laughter and solutions into their lives – and the results are amazing!

Laughter Yoga is for everyone!

Over the week of Mental Health Awareness UnitedMind will be laughing in the Bushey Rose Garden Laughter Club on 16 May, with Headway on 17 May, with Osteoporosis patients on 18 May and with our St. Albans seniors later in the day!

Please contact us if you would like to laugh with us to promote mental, emotional as well as physical health.

Or for more information about Laughter Training or Laughter Therapy for you or your team, organisation, group, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, or mobile 07736 341 717

Laughter Therapy

The first Certified Laughter Therapy Training ran in St. Albans in early April.

It was a wonderful weekend of exploring laughter from a different perspective than the rather physical Laughter Yoga method.

This training ties in beautifully with anyone working with Mental Health and in organisations promotion Mental and Emotional Health.

Where Laughter Yoga takes you on an instantly refreshing journy through physical activities with simulated laughter, Laughter Therapy leads you to your laughter sometimes via your tears and frustration but first and foremost you learn to let go of what is not beneficial or you in order to find and access your true laughter freely and genrously.

Goodness me!

What a couple of days.

The training has been uniquely developed by UnitedMind over the past many years, and is for people who work in the health sector, in mental health organisations, in schools, in workplaces, health champions, yoga professionals, holistic health practitioners people who are Laughter Yoga trained, and those who want to release their laughter.

What do you know to be ‘true’ about your own laughter?

Learn how to re-connect with your laughter through Laughter Therapy, and learn how you can help other unlock their stored stuff in order to release real laughter.

2.5-day Certified Laughter Therapist Training (NB 3-to-6-month programme) – St. Albans, Durham

  • 27-28 August in St Albans – last chance £350 book before 30/4-2016
  • 3-4 September in Durham – last chance £350, book before 30/4-2016

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.

For more information about Laughter Training or Laughter Coaching for you or your team, organisation, group, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, or mobile 07736 341 717

Laughter Conference and Festival – and a whole week

Laughter Festival brings people together with a smile!

The Laughter Conference takes place on Friday 10 June 2016 and the line up is looking better and better!

Our key-note speakers are from a variety of work areas and we are proud to present

  • Professor Janet Lord, who will describe how our immune system starts to fail as we age, making us more susceptible to infections. She will also explain how stress makes this worse and why we are less able to deal with stress as we age. She will finish by discussing the benefits of reducing stress especially for older adults.
  • Giggleologist Jules Mitchell, who will be speaking about The Big Happiness Experiment which is currently rolling out in schools in the surrounding area of Birmingham
  • Diretor of HumourUs Kate Hull Rodgers, who will take us on a journey through life with bipolar and her triumph over darkness and mental illness

More to come!

Not only is the Laughter Conference a great learning space but it initiates the Laughter Festival week of fun, sharing, teaching and learning.

However, there is even more…

The week leading up to the Laughter Conference and Festival is packed full of events as we celebrate the UK with a laughter workshops around the country. Please visit uklaugh.org.

Buy your ticket now via the festival link above and book until 30 April 2016 at the Early Bird fee of £76.00 (+ booking fee), and then the full price is £95.00 (+ booking fee).

Dates for Certified Training Courses

Courses are really popular and 2016 is already looking full – a great present for yourself and those you care about, and those you work with.

Give yourself and someone else the gift of laughter and learn from the Laughter Yoga Master Trainer in the UK, that would be me. I have been privileged to teach more than 800 people over the years.

Our courses run in the following locations:

  • Laughter Yoga Leader in
    • London
    • St. Albans
    • Blackpool
    • Durham
    • Online
    • Your venue
  • Laughter Yoga Teacher in
    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Durham
    • Your venue NEW
  • Laughter Coach and Laughter Therapist
    • St. Albans
    • Durham
    • Online
  • Gibberish Coach
    • St Albans
    • Durham
    • Online

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

  • 14-15 May 2016 in St Albans £150 early /£200
  • 23-24 June 2016 in London £150 early /£200
  • 20-21 July 2016 in Durham £150 early /£200 – NEW DATES
  • 24-25 September 2016 in St Albans £150 early /£200
  • 06-07 October 2016 in Blackpool £150 early /£200
  • 20-21 October 2016 in London £150 early /£200
  • ONLINE on 1, 8, 15, 22 June 2016
  • Your workplace or with your group at dates to suit you!

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

  • 11-15 July 2016 in Hemel Hempstead £550 early / £695 – FULL
  • 08-12 August 2016 in Durham £550 early / £695
  • 31 Oct-04 Nov 2016 in Hemel Hempstead £550 early / £695
  • NEW Your workplace or with your group at dates to suit you!

Fees are excluding accommodation which you must book separately on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/product-category/accommodation/. Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

Laughter Yoga Coach

The 1-day or 2-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach/ and www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach-cpd/):

2-day Certified Laughter Coaching Training

  • 09-10 May 2016 10am-3pm Online £150 early /£200

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

  • 02 June 2016 10am-3pm Online £95 early /£150

Laughter Therapist

The 3-day Laughter Therapist Training runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-therapist/):

3-day Certified Laughter Therapist

  • 27-28 August St. Albans £450 early / £950
  • 03-04 August Durham £450 early / £950

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, or mobile 07736 341 717.

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