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I Want To Start A Laughter Club. What Do I Do?

FREE! Just Do It. Laughter Clubs are fully independent, not-for-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-competitive community-based associations of diverse people where all are welcome regardless of gender, age, physical abilities, social or economic backgrounds.

The name "Laughter Club" is a trademark of the Dr. Kataria School Of Laughter Yoga who created it and has been using it since 1995. Anybody can and is welcome to use it. The Laughter Clubs we promote are not for profit and are places where people laugh for no reason for the reasons mentioned above.

Our vision is to achieve health, joy and world peace through laughter. It is very important that you understand that Laughter Clubs are 100 per cent independent. Although the Dr. Kataria School Of Laughter Yoga greatly appreciates financial donations to help support its mission, technically there is no registration fee, no royalties or dues to pay.

Laughter Clubs do not report to anybody and do pretty much what they want. If you mess up, misbehave and anybody gets injured or complains nobody will cover up for you so we suggest you contract your own insurance. We also strongly encourage you as well as everybody else NOT to participate or stop participating in activities you feel uncomfortable with.

Laughter Club guidelines are very straightforward:

  • No jokes: Do not try to behave silly or idiotic or have people do so to laugh. This is not a comedy and we don't put anybody down in any way.
  • No politics, NO religion, NO competitiveness: Leave the critical part of your mind at home. Laughter Clubs are for the body alone. There is nothing to explain. Just do, be, and happily chant “do be; do be do.”
  • Free and public: all are welcome.
  • Just laugh: Some run, others swim - we laugh.

How Can I Laugh When I am Sad or Not in a Good Mood?

You don't have to depend upon your mood to do something. You can change your mood at will. This can be explained by Theory of Motion creates Emotion. If you observe sad and depressed people - they walk and talk slowly and their body movements are slower. This means that whatever happens to your mind happens to your body. Your mind and body are connected. Very few people are aware that there is this two-way link between the body and the mind.

Consider this: If you are experiencing sadness in the mind, try to keep your body active, by doing some exercises or engage yourself in some physical work. Soon you will experience change in the state of mind.

Can you give a list of the "hormones of happiness"?

Posted by Sebastien Gendry on 04 November 2013 09:57 PM

Here it is, and not that many of the following hormones listed below also act as neurotransmitters. Are you clear on what the difference is?

Neurotransmitter is a chemical that is released from a nerve cell which transmits an impulse from a nerve cell to another nerve, muscle, organ, or other tissue. It is a messenger of neurologic information from one cell to another.

Hormones on the other hand are secreted by specialized glands called endocrine glands into the bloodstream. They are essential for every activity of daily living, including the processes of digestion, metabolism, growth, reproduction, and even mood control.

The major hormones that create happy feelings are:

  • ACETYLCHOLINE: Alertness, memory, sexual performance, appetite control, release of growth hormone.
  • DOPAMINE: Feelings of bliss and pleasure, euphoric, appetite control, controlled motor movements, feel focused.
  • ENDORPHINS: Mood elevating, enhancing, euphoric. The more present, the happier you are! Natural pain killers.
  • ENKEPHALINS: Restrict transmission of pain, reduce craving, reduce depression.
  • GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid): Found throughout central nervous system, anti-stress, anti-anxiety, anti-panic, anti-pain; Feel calm, maintain control, focus. Hormonal Inhibitory
  • MELATONIN: "Rest and recuperation" and "anti-aging" hormone. Regulates body clock.
  • NOREPINEPHRINE: Excitatory, feel happy, alert, motivated. Anti-depressant, appetite control, energy, sexual arousal.
  • OXYTOCIN: Stimulated by Dopamine. Promotes sexual arousal, feelings of emotional attachment, desire to cuddle.
  • PHENYLETHYLMINE (PEA): Feelings of bliss, involved in feelings of infatuation (high levels found in chocolate).
  • SEROTONIN: Promotes and improves sleep, improves self esteem, relieves depression, diminishes craving, prevents agitated depression and worrying.

About Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea, simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is fast sweeping the world and is a complete wellbeing workout. It is the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian physician from Mumbai who started the first laughter club in a park on 13th March 1995, with just 5 people.

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