Friday, April 18, 2008

(How To) Laugh On The Phone!

In the past decade, Laughter Yoga has spread throughout the world via laughter clubs, with groups meeting and laughing together in parks and many other venues. Laughter Yoga is now set to spread through a different medium: telephone wire... Few Laughter Clubs in the West meet everyday. Most meet only once a week, sometimes only once a month. I found that laughing on the phone is easy and can be done every day! Here is how.

Following my learning and experiences at the Byron Bay and Kerala Laughter Yoga Spiritual retreats, I have found it increasingly easy to laugh every day on my own. I use a combination of breathing with laughter, followed by free laughter, which, once I start, just comes easily as I relax my body.

My work as a lawyer regularly requires me to be in a serious frame of mind for hours. I therefore enjoy any excuse to laugh as a break from my serious work.

While laughing one morning, it occurred to me that an easy way of enjoying laughter with others would be to call some of my laughter club friends over the phone and we could have a good laugh together.

I tried it out and after a quick chat we just both started laughing. It was just as infectious as being together in a group laughing, and left both of us feeling happy. It was as good as being at laughter club, without having to leave home. I also had several laughter sessions with Dr. Kataria, and other members of the Laughter Yoga Team, while we were talking on Skype about matters relating laughter yoga international.

This new path to Laughter, will provide Laughter lovers with another channel to allow them to Laugh Without a Reason. We encourage people to enjoy Laughter Sessions with other Laughter lovers, the world over, while being seated at home or in the office, through the phone or the internet. Several people around the world are reporting very successful experiences to us about laughing on the phone and we would like to promote this idea. Many do not have a local laughter club that they can visit to laugh to their heart´s content every day. We are convinced that telephone laughter will be a great way to consolidate our worldwide laughter movement. In the future we can have a helpline for those who want to laugh just to feel good.

How it works

Here is how it works: call a friend and make sure that both of you have the willingness to laugh. Then, after a quick hello or a brief conversation connecting you with each other, just agree to start laughing at the same time as you would in laughter club. Then, just laugh. It is that simple. As in a regular laughter session, you can come up with any type of "phone" laughter exercises to create an excuse to laugh (e.g. gradient laughter, gibberish talking followed by laughter, talking a deep breath and holding the breath followed by laughter as you breathe out, express surprise laughing at receiving an imaginary very high bill, etc.). Your own creativity is the limit.


Many have found that was very useful (this is free internet telephony - although it only works if you have a high speed internet connection). They create a special "laughter" ID on skype, so that everybody knows that when they are online, they are looking for other people to laugh with.

by Jackie Curran, Australia

Telephone laughter Buddy

It is a common practice among the laughter club members, all over the world, to share a laugh with someone over the phone on a fixed day or time which is mutually convenient. The context is unconditional laughter without any reason.

As it is difficult to o a laughter club everyday as it may not be in your area this is a very innovative way of practicing laughter exercises and reaping all the benefits of laughter. Many a times there is a lack of motivation and one does not feel like laughing alone. To have someone on the phone lines at times like this will make the process interesting and inspiring.

The advantage of having a laughter buddy is that in case one is busy, the other person will remind one of laughing on the line. People were initially apprehensive about telephone buddy laughter as they thought that it encroached upon their privacy, comfort zone and was a nuisance. They had written it off even before trying it out. But life doesn’t work that way. If you laugh with someone and share a lighter moment, all the privacy issues of comfort zones and inconveniences will disappear against the benefits of laughter that you will receive.

Another economical option of doing laughter yoga is through Skype. This is popular free Internet telephone service and one can laugh with anyone anywhere in the word with the added facility of webcam. All you need is to download a messenger from and have broadband Internet connection and a headphone.

Skype also has to telephone connection service where 10 to 20 people can log on to Skype messenger and laugh together.

This is a beautiful way of connecting with people around the world as we have laughter clubs in more than 55 countries now. It will provide an opportunity to develop international laughter connection.

We are launching telephone laughter body project very soon through our web site.

Dr. Kataria’s Laughter Yoga Diary 18-Jan-08

Mobile Laughter

(...) I have been doing the “BY MYSELF” Mobile Laughter too for a while and am suggesting everybody to do it too! Nobody knows who I am talking to… or even if I am actually talking to someone! and it’s a great way to laugh out loud - without anybody looking at me suspiciously! Nowaday I see more and more individuals with a cell phone, laughing! Are they doing Laughter Yoga?!! Who knows! It works for me! In my car, in public places… Why not try it?! Just make sure you don’t interrupt the “laughter conversation” too abruptly!!! Say goodbye before you hang up! hahaha! (and then, look around you if you’re in a public place! you might find smiles!)NamasteLots of love, joy and laughterLinda.

Comment by Linda Leclerc — January 21, 2008 @ 11:16 am

I have been doing this cell phone laughter method for about a year now and it is wonderful. In addition, I recorded a my own ring-tone and it is a clip of my husband and I laughing. Now, when I am in a public place, my phone will start laughing (instead of ringing) and it always causes others to laugh. There are so many simple ways to add laughter to your life!
Comment by Laura Gentry — February 20, 2008 @
1:49 pm

live LAUGH to the fullest!!!

Hello Laughter Lovers!

I start this blog with a wide smile :) :) :)

I am happy to share with you the joy of laughing. Ha ha haaa, it´s so nice to express your Laughter as a expression of love and gratitude to life.

Surround yourself with silence, leave your thoughts fly away like a calm white cloud... now rise the right corner of your mouth...all are smiling! Then, you sigh deeply, because you really love life. Sigh again, and again, short and fast sighs that leads you to laugh as a heavenly delight. Feel the vibration of Laughter in your tummy. Feel the energy that purifies, strengthens and balances your body and mind. have been born to enjoy and live LAUGH to the fullest. There are fireworks of endorphins inside you. A soul in fiesta!

Welcome hahaFriends wherever you be, remember that we have been born to celebrate life and Laughter is the best friend you have in your way.