Annually, the 1st Sunday in May, “laughter for health” enthusiasts gather in groups worldwide to celebrate and promote the personal self care and social connection of Laughter Yoga. It’s sustained, playful, intentional laughter (without using jokes, humor or comedy) that beautifully nourishes health, happiness, and peace.
The Founder of the Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria, had no idea that what began as a social experiment in a Mumbai, India park in 1995 would grow into a health and wellness movement shared in 105 countries . Not only would it be enjoyed in social “Laughter Clubs” worldwide, but also move into corporate, educational, community and healthcare arenas — to enhance wellness, emotional intelligence, team building, and more.
Similar to Medical Improv – Laughter Yoga reconnects its participants with their capacity to play. Can you picture yourself making eye contact with others doing laughter greetings? Just opening the door to “a little willingness” to get goofy? Taking deep breaths in and heartily expelling “all, all, all… the air out as your laugh?? Pretending to groom with laughter toiletries (laughing!), clearing away negative thoughts with mental-flossing (laughing)… doing a little “Ho ho, ha ha ha…” chanting…?
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Well, holistic nurse, media broadcaster and laughter yoga teacher from Maryland has a treat for you. You can laugh-along to the video broadcast replay of her World Laughter Day Hangout she hosted on May 1st of this year. Elaine Nieberding, BS, RN, CHSMI, CLYT gathered laughter luminaries from around the world so you could get your own taste of TLC (Timely Laughter Care). And with panelist Janet Carroll, RN from Houston, TX, included some nurse-related laughter exercises and acknowledged Nurses Week too.
Elaine Nieberding’s been a featured presenter at the Los Angeles (2014) and Chicago (2012) Laughter Yoga/Laughter Wellness conferences. In health-care settings, Elaine has led Laughter Yoga for Nurses Week hospital events, done webinar presentations for wellness summits and series, and served cancer-care AMC Hope Lodge families and cancer patients, and more. She excited about continuing to inspire laughter self-care through video broadcasting, too!
Now go get your laugh on! Visit www.yesLAUGH.com for convenient viewing of Elaine Nieberding’s May 1st Hangout. Warm up your giggle, and then – if you must – “Fake it till you make it.” You just might start imagining how laughing “for the health of it”, could jumpstart creativity and caring connections in ways you may never have imagined.
BS, RN, CLYT (Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher – Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga)
CHSMI (Certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor)
Bel Air, MD 21015
Elaine Nieberding YouTube channel