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The Laughing Hour

Maude Bombardier
Edmonton
Phone : 780-MOR-SMIL (667-7645)
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Region

Provincial

School year/Age

Grade 5 to 12 including teachers

Language level

French as a First Language
French immersion
French as a Second Language

School subject (primary)

Health and Life Skills

School subjects (secondary)

Physical education
Health and Life Skills

Links with the curriculum

The Laughing Hour has benefits in mental health, physical activity and human connection.

Requirements

I only require a classroom!

Number of participants

From 10 to 60 

Duration

30-60 minutes

Cost

Varies according to the number of participants and the number of performances.

Description

For STUDENTS or TEACHERS, The Laughing Hour offers opportunities to laugh together for an hour ... FUN! 

More commonly known as laughter yoga, this laughing technique does not require any yoga poses nor anyone to tell jokes. In fact, all it relies on is YOUR willingness to laugh. Simple! And yes, sometimes this will result into fake laughter. However, we all know laughing is contagious therefore the group effect will work it's magic to having everyone laugh.

Outstanding academic results are seen in happy children. Laughing sessions are offered for grades 5 to 12 (and up to university), as well as for teachers during a pedagogical or wellness day.

The benefits of laughing:

  • Secretion of the happy stuff (endorphin and serotonin)

  • Stress release

  • Stimulates socialization

  • Immune system booster due to the increasing production of lymphs

  • Increase in well-being and self-confidence

  • Pain relief

  • Increase in dopamine

  • Softens our attitudes towards daily challenges

  • Increase moments of laughter in our daily routines

  • An increase of 3 to 5 times more oxygen in our bodies

  • Favorises blood circulation

  • Helps with digestion and waste management due to the internal massage laughing gives your intestines

  • Decrease in cortisol levels

  • Favorise circulation of lymph nodes  *lymph nodes are what cleans your bloodstream from unwanted invaders*

  • Decreases adrenaline

  • Decreases anxiety, fear, and depression

  • Encourages relaxation for your muscles and your brain

  • Favours creativity

 

 

 

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ACFA

Partners

CPFA
Alberta Education
RAFA