WHO ARE WE?
Laughter Matters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to bringing the physical, emotional, mental and social benefits of laughter to seniors and the community in general.
Laughter Matters and laughter yoga on KPBS!
Laughter Matters' programs bring the benefits of laughter to everyone!
- Senior/Older Adult Program: We bring one-time and ongoing laughter classes to seniors/older adults wherever they are! More . .
- Outreach: We bring laughter classes to nonprofits, government, community, and healthcare organizations and the people they serve. More . .
- Corporate Wellness: We bring the benefits of laughter to employees of for-profit, nonprofit and governmental organizations. More . .
- Community Classes: We promote and support the approximately 20 free and independently run laughter classes in San Diego County. More . .
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Everyone can enjoy the benefits of laughter. Children, teens and adults of all ages. Working, retired or unemployed. Able-bodied or physically challenged. People who are healthy and those facing life-threatening illnesses. Caregivers and healthcare providers.
HOW WE GET YOU TO LAUGH
Our laughter classes are based on a simple but powerful wellness program developed in 1995 by Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from India and currently practiced in over 70 countries. While officially called "laughter yoga", it does not involve any classic yoga poses; the word "yoga" refers to the focus on our breath and the sense of relaxation laughter brings. (Visit laughteryoga.org for more information on Dr. Kataria and the international laughter yoga movement.)
Our laughter classes start with fun and gentle stretching and breathing.
Playful laughter exercises are introduced which generate laughter without the need for jokes or comedy. Due to its contagious nature, the laughter quickly becomes real and genuine. Classes conclude with a short period of relaxtion and time for sharing and socializing.
In this video, Dr. Kataria, the founder of laughter yoga,
explains what it is and how it works
HOW YOU CAN HELP
In addition to donations in any amount, we need volunteers with experience and expertise in the following areas:
a. Bookkeeping or Accounting
b. Grant Writing or Fundraising
c. Database (creation or management)
d. Social Media (facebook, twitter, meetup, website, etc.)
e. Videographer and/or Photographer to film our classes
If you can help us further our mission to make the world a better place through laughter, please contact Michael Coleman, Executive Director by phone (619.255.4622) or email (Michael@LaughterMatters.org).