Happy New Year Wrap-up!
World Laughter Tour Year-end Wrap Up of News You Can Use,
Events, Resources & Ideas

Music That Lifts Spirits and Gets You Moving
Close your eyes as you listen. May the music transport you and lighten your outlook.
This Tony Bennett/Celine Dion song could be our theme song. It describes a repaired world.
Let's Take It Easy · Buster Poindexter
This seemingly simple song is a powerful exercise in empathy taught at the World Laughter Tour 2016 Advanced Laughter Scholars Workshop by Lenny Ravich, Director of the Gestalt Institute of Tel Aviv and author of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment". May this song stay with you for a long, long time. Please share the video and the meditation on acts of goodness far and wide to help repair the world. (The walls of our classroom are covered with the most amazing inspirational posters.)

An original song: Sharing Feels Good. Paul Helou  An award winning singer songwriter musician was inspired from one of the Healing Headbands project events to write this song.  

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The Best Medicine
Top Ten Links to Good Things to Know About When it Comes to Having More Laughter in Your Life
Sense of humor sustains breast cancer survivor.
A new joke book.
A new website source of laughter from comedians. Find your favorites. Enjoy!
Is it possible to laugh your way to better health?
Chronic stress in men doubles cancer risk (but humor helps)
Laugh out loud, it's Harith! (Funniest person in the world???)
A life time of knowledge and laughter for nurse (Nurses earn 11 contact hours of CE credits in therapeutic laughter classes)
One Neuroscientist Explains The Science Of Laughter
(Robert Provine supports World Laughter Tour by serving on the Professional Advisory Committee)
Laughter is essential for a long life
Prescription for health: Lots of LOL

BONUS #11: The Healing Sound of Laughter and Stuttering -  StutterTalk® LISTEN TO THE AUDIO REPORT: This is an indication of how knowledge of the science of laughter, the psychology of humor, and the experience of mirth, plus a structured method, can open pathways to therapeutic strategies for those who help others through a wide variety of special expertise. 
Popular Resource Materials
Books, videos, webinars, things that laugh & other amusements
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People All Around the World Share Their Passion & Vision
for Hope & Healing Through Laughter-filled Projects

The Laughter Arts & Sciences Foundation
Endorses Many of These Projects as Worthy of Your Attention and Support
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...The 2016 Blogs

Got Hope?
I still have humor. I still have laughter. I still have joy!* I still have HOPE! I am determined to keep mine! How about you? I believe that I have these because I have a purpose. Not just a sense of purpose, I know what my purpose is. I am happiest, most content, and, most productive, [read more]
I Love Myself So Much
This seemingly simple song is a powerful exercise in empathy conducted as part of the Master Class at the World Laughter Tour 2016 Advanced Laughter Scholars Workshop. The Master Class was taught by Lenny Ravich, Director of the Gestalt Institute of Tel Aviv and author of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment". [read more]
What's So Funny?
If you are into understanding what 's humorous, i.e., what makes things funny, then you might want to connect to this report which was recently published. In it, a researcher "reveals that misfortune is the key to a good gag." The report addresses the age-old question about humor, but I'm not sure it comes up with anything [read more]
MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
VALUES & ATTITUDES ASSOCIATED WITH SUCCESSFUL LAUGHTER THERAPY "Make the world a better place" is a consistent altruistic theme, goal, or predicted outcome expressed by almost every person I have ever come across who promotes laughter. It may be second only to "Laughter is the best medicine". I believe that the vibrations [read more]
Laugh at Yourself Before Anyone Else Can
I had a laugh in the locker room today. When I finished my aquatic exercise class, I discovered that I had forgotten to pack underwear and socks for the trip home. Here in Ohio the weather is turning chilly, and I had to come home "commando" (a Seinfeld reference). Instead of fretting about it or [read more]
Waves of Laughter: The Laughalizer
Steve Wilson, Psychologist, Gelotologist As a laughter expert, I'm excited to partner with SunChips to raise awareness around the power and importance of laughter. True mirthful laughter has a significant impact on health, happiness, and self-confidence, and is the most unfiltered expression of a person's personality. Laughter shows we're friendly, listening and approachable and is [read more]
ARE YOU SERIOUS? THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMOR AND SERIOUSNESS
Everything we do with utter seriousness can drive us to despair. If we could adopt the attitude of 'fooling around' not just in telling jokes but in the trying areas of our daily lives, we would frolic through our years.* Nine Practical Action Tips to Help You Facilitate Your Play Behavior are Included in Red. Action [read more]
The Pun Also Rises: Humor and Puns
If you are not already a fancier of puns, I hope, with this mashup of deep thoughts and word play, to convince you to become one. I have been hearing, reading, and uttering puns most of my life. Sometimes called 'topsy-turvy' humor, puns will elevate your intellect. Just look where they've gotten me! What is it [read more]
Making Sense of Humor...and Ego
Welcome to National Humor Month HUMOR AND EGO STUDY TEXT (Harvey Mindess, psychologist) "Most people agree that the ability to laugh at our own flaws and foolishness represents the ultimate in humor. There are different moods, however, in which such laughter can occur. When we mock ourselves in bitterness, feeling that we deserve a kick [read more]
HUMOR... AND SPIRITUALITY
FOR HUMOR MONTH 2016 MAKING SENSE OF HUMOR... AND SPIRITUALITY "Perhaps the essence of... humor and spirituality can be defined in terms of the difference between our peripheral selves and our essential selves. Most of us identify too strongly with our looks, our possessions, our social status, our achievements. We see ourselves in all the [read more]
Making Sense of Humor
We Study Humor So That We can Embrace it For All the Considerable Good It Can Do "In comedy...military values are counterbalanced by another set of virtues: laughter, humor, playfulness, childlikeness, meekness, humility, flexibility, willingness to compromise. The comic perspective likewise possesses a much greater appreciation for the muddiness of human nature, even in its [read more]
Humor Month - Lesson for 4/6/2016
Study Humor And Embrace It For All the Considerable Good It Can Do "...it is only regrettable that most men, women, blacks, Jews, Catholics, or members of any other social group find it difficult to laugh at the idiosyncrasies of their group when the jokes that point them out are being told by members of [read more]
Humor Month 2016
Welcome to National Humor Month 2016 I love humor. I love to laugh. Looking back, I think this has been true my whole life. Written, performed live or on radio, TV, film, or whatever, comedy, jokes, skits, satire, grabbed my attention at an early age and never let go. At age 5, I was [read more]

Look at the current 2017 Schedule
Of 2-day workshops "How to Create Therapeutic Laughter"
Check again because more workshops will be added throughout the year.

These workshops promote Joy of Living. Here you will learn tools to help others. This has always been especially important to professionals who use evidence-based behavioral tools in their work. Now, retirees who want to keep on being productive through meaningful enjoyable activities are taking the courses. And, people who report that they have lost their laughter are finding it again here.

February 23-24, Columbus, OH
March 18-19,Yadkinville, NC
June 1-2, Tampa, Florida
June 8-9, Columbus, OH
September 7-8, Columbus, OH
November 9-11, ADVANCED SCHOLARS WORKSHOP, Columbus, OH - Pre-requisite is satisfactory completion of any of the workshops above, or by special invitation.

Register now for any of these workshops.

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The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. T he top ten winners:

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absent mindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
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