From Stress To Strength

Laughter Wellness, developed in the late 2000s in the USA by French-American coach and consultant Sebastian Gendry, emerged from his personal quest to recover from burnout.

During this journey, he discovered the incredible potential of laughter as a catalyst for healing and well-being. Recognizing the importance of concentrating on overall wellness rather than solely on laughter, he created Laughter Wellness. This comprehensive approach offers a secure, enjoyable, and effective means for individuals and teams to enhance their well-being, facilitate healing, and establish meaningful connections with others.

Join the thousands of people on six continents who have already benefited from Laughter Wellness!

Who benefits?

Here are some of the many professionals who use and benefit from Laughter Wellness:

  • Community and recreational centers: Laughter wellness events are a fun and unique offering for these centers and a fun way to help their community members improve their well-being.
  • Corporate wellness program managers: These managers are responsible for creating and implementing company-wide wellness initiatives. Laughter Wellness events are a fun and effective way to improve employee well-being.
  • Employee Assistance Program providers: EAPs provide support and resources to employees. Laughter Wellness events are a unique and fun way to improve employee well-being and reduce stress.
  • Fitness and dance trainers: Laughter Wellness is a refreshing and community-building way to complement their current offerings. It provides a fun and unique way to improve well-being.
  • Health and wellness coaches: Health coaches often focus on holistic wellness. Adding Laughter Wellness to their toolkit is a refreshing way to offer a new, fun approach to improving well-being.
  • Human Resource professionals: HR professionals are often responsible for employee well-being and providing opportunities for growth and development. Laughter Wellness allows them to offer a unique wellness program to employees.
  • Mental health professionals: Many therapists and psychologists incorporate Laughter Wellness into their practice to provide a non-traditional approach to improving mental health.
  • Retirement homes and assisted living facilities: Residents of these facilities benefit greatly from Laughter Wellness classes to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.
  • School teachers and counselors: They are often responsible for the well-being of students. Laughter wellness allows them to offer a fun and effective way to improve student well-being and build community.
  • Yoga and meditation instructors: Many wellness practices aim to reduce stress and improve well-being, and Laughter Wellness fits well with these goals.

Why? How?

Laughter Wellness is designed to help you train your mind to focus on positive thoughts and emotions, while letting go of negative ones. With our program, you’ll learn powerful techniques for achieving a happier, more balanced mindset and improved well-being.
Laughter Wellness is designed to help you train your mind to focus on positive thoughts and emotions, while letting go of negative ones. With our program, you’ll learn powerful techniques for achieving a happier, more balanced mindset and improved well-being.

Guiding Principles

The following five axioms are the foundation of Laughter Wellness:

Laughter Wellness is about empowering individuals to discover their own inner strength and potential. Our program does not aim to fix anyone or anything, but rather to inspire and empower people to think differently. We believe that true change comes from within, and that we all have the ability to choose a different way of being in the face of any situation.

Laughter Wellness is based on the principle that the benefits of laughter are not limited to the physical act of laughing. Our program focuses on the intention behind the laughter and encourages individuals to find authenticity in their laughter. The program advises not to fake or force laughter as it may lead to negative feelings. Instead, it encourages to use laughter as a symbol of the best version of oneself, using the available energies.

Laughter Wellness is all about living in the present moment and finding peace. Our program promotes the trifecta of happiness: a sense of fullness, feeling anchored in the present, and a sense of freedom. It does so in a fun, practical, and connecting way by providing techniques and exercises that encourage mindfulness and connection with the present moment.

Laughter Wellness is based on the understanding that all aspects of the body, mind, and spirit are interconnected. Our program promotes neuroplasticity and growth experiences by utilizing various joy-filled tools, techniques, and exercises. By working on all aspects of the self, we can achieve holistic well-being.

Laughter Wellness is rooted in the energy of play and it’s important for facilitators to understand the three distinct phases of play, from less to more. By respecting these phases, the experience will be fully enjoyed and the benefits will be greater. Ignoring these phases can lead to judgment rather than experience, significantly impacting the benefits of the program.

Code of Ethics

Here is the Laughter Wellness code of ethics and best practices:

  • Laughter Wellness values transparency and honesty in all aspects of the program.
  • We respect others and credit them for their achievements and ideas.
  • We encourage individuals to find their unique way of shining and to be consistent in their behavior, manners, language, and attitudes.
  • We believe in being accountable, honest, and forthright and in helping others without the expectation of getting something in return.
  • We encourage individuals to have the courage to acknowledge their emotions and communicate honestly with others.

Laughter Wellness encourages individuals to strive for smoothness and elegance in their ability to handle and adapt to change, both inside and outside of the program. We believe that being able to adapt to change is crucial for overall well-being and happiness.

Laughter Wellness encourages a gradual and professional approach towards wellness and well-being, starting from less intense to more intense techniques and exercises. We believe that this approach is more effective and beneficial for individuals. We strive to adapt to people’s ever-changing emotional states and choose the best moment for specific techniques and exercises.

Laughter Wellness places a high emphasis on creating safe spaces for all participants, free from harm or danger where everyone feels welcome and at ease. We respect people’s autonomy and free will and understand that participation in the program should be out of choice rather than obligation.

Laughter Wellness professionals help people discover the power of laughter in promoting well-being and happiness while upholding the following values of professionalism and integrity:

  • Strive for mastery in the skills and tools necessary to do your job at your training level.
  • Appreciate and support the people with whom you work.
  • Practice good manners.
  • Have high ethical and moral standards.
  • Be honest and fair in all your dealings with others.