What happens during a Laughter Wellness intervention?

Laughter Wellness interventions unfold in five simple steps in a smooth blend of action and relaxation, group interactions and introspection. Participants are taken on a fluid journey into the movements and behaviors of health, joy and connectedness, using whatever muscles are available to them. It’s an experience filled with positive and life-affirming interactions. Laughter is the glue between all activities, and it is used as a form of elective exercise. There are no jokes or comedy. We simply choose to laugh, because we can.

Wellness through laughter is achieved by:

  1. Low-impact aerobic exercise that works the mind and emotions in a physical way. Laughter gets the heart pumping more blood, and the lungs breathing more oxygen. Engaging in positive and life-affirming motions creates emotional and physical wellbeing.
  2. Neuroplasticty that restructures the neurons of the brain to be more positive and creative. This is fundamental in the prevention and cure of many diseases such as dementia.
  3. Connecting people regardless of age, race, or beliefs. It’s all about creating a safe space to vocalize emotions and be in the moment. It’s a form of joyful meditation.
  1. Choose, don’t fake. Laughter Wellness has one key idea: Choose to laugh (By choosing to laugh, you create safety for yourself, while establishing a choice to live.) It invites and reminds you to simulate laughter with sincere enthusiasm to stimulate its positive impact on the body, mind and spirit. It does not matter whether you connect with genuine free-flow laughter or not.
  2. Allow, don’t force. Laughter Wellness focuses on personal development and overall wellness in body, mind and spirit. We allow our laughter to come out from the inside out. We don’t force it in from the outside in.
  3. Laughter is a means, not the end. Laughter Wellness promotes a positive attitude to life and its many challenges. Its key question is “What can I do now with a positive attitude?” Be the cause of your own wellbeing!
  4. It’s OK to feel Laughter Wellness believes that you cannot open up your box of emotions selectively and endeavors to facilitate the expression of all emotions in a healthy and positive manner, with no narrative.
  5. Reliable, sustainable Laughter Wellness follows a well-established methodology. It works well with groups of all sizes and all profiles of laughers.

This is an activity that can be done standing or seated. No equipment or particular articles of clothing are required. The minimum recommended duration is 20 minutes. A typical intervention lasts 45 minutes to 1h.


Here are five of the key reasons why Laughter Wellness is unique from a learning and teaching perspective.

Key reason #1 What it means
Laughter Wellness is a complete methodology.
  • Laughter Wellness is thoroughly documented and everything you need to know is already included in the training material. You never have to take notes.
  • You will never have any kind of performance anxiety not knowing what to do because we have 100s of professional exercises always ready and available for you in the online laughter session planner.
Key reason #2 What it means
Laughter Wellness is filled with laughter, yes, but – and it’s a big BUT – it’s about wellness and wellbeing.
  • While everything we do aims to be experienced as fun, in all truth fun is a just a convenient distraction because there are always (usually several) therapeutic goals for every exercise and activity that we engage in.
Key reason #3 What it means
In Laughter Wellness we don’t fake or force anything and we discourage silly or crazy behaviors.
  • Our laughter-based programs are not a show or a way to get people’s attention. From a facilitator’s perspective this is very freeing because your job is to facilitate a particular dynamic, not to entertain people or try to shine in front of them.
  • Laughter Wellness has one key idea: Choose to laugh (By choosing to laugh, you create safety for yourself, while establishing a choice to live.)
Key reason #4 What it means
Laughter Wellness uses very clever techniques to silence the mental chatter, the negative voice in people’s heads that usually say “I can’t, because”, and you will learn how to use these techniques.
  • You will never have to worry about difficult groups or negative people, because they don’t stand a chance. It’s just not possible to keep thinking bad when you start to feel good.
Key reason #5 What it means
Laughter Wellness is a western approach to the world of therapeutic laughter that embraces the many different approaches that are going on.
  • You’re getting the best of all worlds in a delivery format that’s grounded in science and is reliable and sustainable.