Ever Wonder What Happens at an In-House Laughter Session?
It’s funny to watch different personalities respond, some people that might start a bit sceptical, get right into it and others are quite extroverted and they’re into it from the beginning.
Steve, HR Supervisor and Participant
I think the laughter session was really good. I attended a more executive type session yesterday – they got a lot out of it. [Ed Note: I ran a separate session tailored to the executive on the previous day] I think you get a bit of variety from the people’s response’s in terms of the people that attend, but certainly everyone gets something out of it and it’s something new for them and they find it’s quite a useful exercise.
How do you feel afterwards?
Really good! Invigorated!
For people who don’t know – what happens in one?
Basically, the first part of the session is informative … so there’s a bit of information that goes to some of the psychology behind laughter and why it’s beneficial and some of the, I guess, physical advantages as well which is great, because is sets the scene and then there’s the techniques that actually give you a go and demonstrate how that works. A bit quirky techniques, people like it, you know, generally.
“… It gives you a different method for achieving stress relief – people should give it a go.”
It’s funny to watch different personalities respond, some people who might start a bit sceptical, get right into it and others are quite extroverted and they’re into it from the beginning. It’s fantastic! It’s a good innovative idea.
How do you feel afterward about it?
Good! Good! I actually feel good. You know I feel positive. I think some of those techniques you can probably take away and use when you’re actually at home or before you gohome, just to sort of prop yourself up a bit and release some of those endorphins.
Would you recommend laughter sessions for any workplaces that are a bit apprehensive about the whole thing?
Definitely! I think that it’s a bit left-off-centre; it’s a bit left field and I certainly think that it opens your mind a bit, and it gives you a bit of a different method for achieving some of the stress relief and people should give it a go.
Just some of our happy clients:
Hudson Executive Career Centre
As you know, it was with much trepidation that we scheduled a “Stress Management” and “Laughter” workshop for our Senior Executive Career Management participants. They are in the main conservative, and present as introverted due to their background and seniority. I was fearful the topic would place them too far out of their comfort zones thus finding it ‘undignified’ to participate.
The opposite was true!
– as you know they wholeheartedly joined in and were genuinely interested in your presentation. Needless to say, the feedback I received was excellent. Thank you for putting in your time, knowledge and above all your enthusiasm. It is very contagious – and kept everyone upbeat for the rest of the day.
We must invite you back later in the year.
Bretta Lindner, Senior Executive Career Centre Manager, Hudson
I enjoyed the laughter work shop today, and was literally in “tears of joy” when lying down listening to the mix of fake and real laughter.
Thanks for the laughs and fun.
Glenn Stokol, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer, Oracle
Thanks Cris for presenting at our CPA discussion group. As discussed we have a conservative membership and I did doubt that laughter was going to be emanating from all the attendees. Well true to your word not only during your session did you have the group laughing, I can honestly say that I have never left a meeting happier. You achieved the impossible – a room full of accountants laughing and joking around – I’d like to see that – I did thanks to you. FANTASTIC.
Tim Humphries, CPA
“I learnt to become more open and laugh without a care in the world.”
“My heart felt lighter and I went home and did the laughing with the kids.”
“A bit challenging but good as we got into the spirit of it.”
“My whole body felt better.”
Session held as part of Comcare wellbeing program. Comments provided by M Kliukas, Comcare, Melbourne
I really appreciate the time and effort you took to come along and take that session. I can’t express how delighted I was to see some of those “actuaries” actually letting go and enjoying themselves. It was such a great opportunity for our group to step outside their comfort zone and get to know each other at a more personal level.
Personally I loved it!! I laugh a lot and I especially love the opportunity to laugh and be silly at the same time. Thank goodness they had a sound proof room for us. I asked S. in Sydney today if he was laughing and he told me “especially when I try to explain to someone what we did”.
G Field, IAG
I thought the laughing session was excellent and a great idea to have on day like that. Felt very good afterwards and learnt a lot.
N Scott, IAG
Front Line Health Care Workers
“Brilliant workshop that assisted with self-care”
“Haven’t laughed so much for ages”
“Felt great and would highly recommend it”
“Great way of releasing stress”
“Good way to get to know and connect with people”
“I loved the way that just trying a giggle you ended up roaring with laughter”
“Laughing like that made me feel ‘up’ all day”
Youth Homeless Outreach Team, a joint initiative between Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and Eastern Health
“Some of our Management team had attended the Happiness Seminar that Cris held in Melbourne, and recommended him as an ideal speaker for our conferences. Kris facilitated a session in our Managers Meeting about Leadership, and the importance of happy staff, which was very well received. He was very engaging, and had done his homework about what we wanted to achieve in the session.
The second seminar, Kris coached and entertained a room full of 140 staff members after a week of conferencing – not an easy thing to do! He had everyone’s attention with his quick wit, and interesting facts, then to finish on a laughter session that had everyone up moving and shaking with uncontrollable laughter – the perfect way to wrap up a conference!
Heidi Halson, General Manager Southern Region. Entertainment Publications
Noel Miller Aged Care Facility
“Cris Popp facilitated the first Laughter Therapy session at the Noel Miller Centre (N.M.C) in Glen Iris, Melbourne. The N.M.C is a not for profit residential facility for 138 high and low care residents. The session commenced at 3pm and ran for 30 minutes, with 17 residents participating(and a lot of carers, family members etc watching on!) With such a big group of people it was crowded but oh so exciting. Most of the residents selected to participate were in an existing Pain Management Program, however we did not refuse anyone from attending.
The session followed a routine of set laughter, breathing and affirmation exercises. Lifestyle staff assisted with the exercises, prompting and encouraging residents. Kris was at all times professional, knowledgeable and an excellent group leader.
Evaluation of the session drew mainly positive reactions but as with most things, Laughter Therapy is not for everyone. Generally speaking blood pressure was lowered and residents reported having “The best nights sleep in a long time.”
The Lifestyle team have permanently rostered Laughter Therapy to be facilitated once a month, incorporating both high and low care residents.
It’s a lot of work, but it is so beneficial, so different and such fun.”
Merita Rawlyk, Diversional Therapist, Noel Miller Centre
Bayside City Council
Thank you for the fabulous laughter team building day you facilitated for us. I received much positive feedback from the staff after the day and the energy in the office has increased. I have noticed more staff making an effort to communicate better and we have used some of your laughing exercises before Departmental Meetings to get the energy levels higher and bring happiness to the workplace.
J Reid, Manager Urban Strategy and Culture, Bayside City Council
Nokia Siemens Networks
Everybody had a good time and some of us were still laughing when we came into the office on Monday morning!!! Hohoho, he hehe. I think you conducted a most excellent afternoon. The activities were most appropriate and it got everybody together and mingling, particularly the exercise where we had to think about the needs of the Sales staff. That went very well.
Debra Ely-Davis, Nokia Siemens Networks