We are Laughing Aloud Allowed™ and warmly welcome you to our site. Here you will find out more about the link between laughter, positive emotional wellbeing and mental health
Catherine started all this! She trained as a Laughter Yoga leader in 2018 and Tom joined her a year later. We have been laughing ever since!, but not just the usual laughter.
Catherine has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Applied Coaching. Catherine's dissertation was on laughter for wellbeing and showed a significantly statistical positive improvement on people's emotional wellbeing after a 30 minute session of laughter.
Tom has a Masters in Business Administration and reinforced his coaching career in 2016 when he completed a Level 5 ILM coaching course using applied neurochemistry. He is experienced in leadership, management and coaching.
We have both done a lot of other things, including raising four children. When we came across Laughter Yoga, introduced by Dr Madan Kataria in 1995, it didn't take long to make the link between laughing, positive psychological interventions and neurochemistry, and the impact on wellbeing and mental health..
The very nature of laughing in different ways, and we are talking about simulated laughter, can trigger the release of neurochemicals across the body in such a way to improve wellbeing through enhanced mood, helping mental health by defusing stress and anxiety, and promoting resilience, peace and calmness. It doesn't take long before simulated laughter overflows into spontaneous laughter.
We attend local organisations, charities and schools to deliver face-to-face laughter sessions, but most of our clients are international where we support mental health and wellbeing initiatives on-line across multiple timezones.