Happily Clappily Ever Laughter
Join one of our Laughter Yoga groups and discover the benefits of laughter!
Patricia Byrne, CEO
I am a qualified Laughter Leader and practitioner in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and have over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health supporting clients through substance misuse, domestic violence, prison rehabilitation and homelessness. I created Happily Clappily Ever Laughter with a mission to help bring wellbeing tools that are easily accessible to a wider audience of people. My aim is to empower people to take charge of their own wellbeing. I currently run workshops for corporate groups, schools, community groups and families with under 5s through children’s centres.
Nichola Stone, CEO
I am a registered Occupational Therapist with 12 years’ practice experience working with adults with a variety of long-term health conditions. Through my work I have observed the benefits of positive wellbeing and laughter to people’s physical and mental health. I have known Patricia for 25 years and agreed to become a director for Happily Clappily Ever Laughter as I share her passion for empowering people to take charge of their wellbeing and know the dedication and hard work Patricia will put into the company.
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What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter Yoga was developed by a medical doctor, Dr Kataria, in 1995 and has gone on to gain popularity around the world. There are now thousands of laughter clubs worldwide.
Laughter yoga is based on research that proves that the body is unable to differentiate real and fake laughter. So even when the individual is laughing in a fake way, the body will naturally react by releasing endorphins.
Laughter yoga also focuses on a system, which through exercises that are fun and childlike, give the individual a way to laugh for no reason – extending the laughter from the usual 3-5 seconds, to 10 minutes. This is typically achieved within an hour session.
Laughter yoga is based on using yogic breathing techniques that move the breathing from the chest (shallow breathing) to the diaphragm (deep breathing). This process of deep breathing not only supports the body to increase oxygen levels and expel stale air from the lungs, it also triggers endorphins and suppresses stress hormones.
Through Dr Kataria’s research, just 10 minutes of deep breathing and laughter can have 24 hours benefits through increased endorphins in the body (www.laughteryoga.org).