Laughter Matters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Laughter Matters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit


       A Laughter Matters laughter class in Balboa Park on KPBS!




Laughter Matters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving people's lives through laughter.  Laughter has many physical, emotional, mental and social benefits.


We promote a a simple but powerful wellness program developed in 1995 by Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from India and currently practiced in over 70 countries.  


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.  We conclude with a short period of relaxtion and time for sharing and socializing. 


While officially called "laughter yoga", our classes and presentations do not involve any yoga poses; the word "yoga" merely refers to the focus on our breath and the sense of relaxation laughter brings.  Visit for more information on Dr. Kataria and the international laughter yoga movement. 


 Dr. Kataria, the founder of laughter yoga, explains what it is

 and how it works





  • Community Classes: We promote and support several free and independently run laughter classes in San Diego County.  More .
  • Outreach: We help connect certified leaders with nonprofit, government, community, and healthcare organizations and the people they serve.  More . .





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.





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)

    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 (