A Social Club with a Difference!!
The monthly Chichester Laughter Club was started in January 2008 to bring people together to laugh for fun, health and wellbeing. It is one of the longest running and happiest laughter clubs in the UK. Life gets too serious at times and the Laughter Club gives us the rare opportunity to laugh heartily and for sustained periods of time. This helps us to reduce stress, relax and re-energize. We don’t laugh all the time, we would get exhausted! We also share information and research, learn relaxation techniques and experience a balance of movement and stillness in every session.
When and where is it?
The Laughter Club is usually held on the last Saturday of every month, starting at 10 am till 11.30 am and takes place at Hamblin Hall, Bosham, near Chichester in West Sussex. (For directions please look at www.thehamblintrust.org.uk) Hamblin Hall is a beautiful centre of peace and learning and a perfect venue for enjoying laughter. It has plenty of parking, natural woodland grounds, wildflowers and even peacocks!
Laughter Club Dates 2014
- January 25th
- March 1st – change of venue, please email for directions for this one!
- March 29th
- April 19th
- May 31st
- June 28th
- July 26th
- September 27th
- October 18th – change of venue, contact us for information
- November 29th
Laughing Together for Health and Wellbeing
Most meetings begin with an introduction to the benefits of laughter and some gentle warm up exercises. This is usually followed by a variety of games and Laughter Yoga exercises, (designed by Dr. Kataria in India in 1995 to open up the body and mind to laughter) www.laughteryoga.org. The principle behind the Laughter Club is that we can bring laughter to the body first and the mind will follow. We can learn to access our own unconditional laughter at our own pace and in our own time. The laughter releases endorphins which make us feel great and pretend laughter soon leads to contagious, spontaneous laughter! We aim to be silly and playful, because as Robert Holden explains; “Being silly is not silly; being silly is a first step to being free.”
Laughing with others in a group is particularly infectious most people find they laugh more easily and freely in a group than on their own. Often it is difficult to stop laughing! We usually finish the Laughter Yoga with a Laughter Meditation and a relaxation to calm the body and mind and to enjoy the wonderful peace that results from genuine laughter.
Who usually comes to the Laughter Club?
People who love to laugh, people who want even more laughing in their lives, and people who like focusing on the lighter side of life! It is a friendly, lively social club for anyone who wants to embrace more every day joy and happiness and to celebrate feeling alive. We have people of all ages and the club is designed to be as inclusive as possible.
What if I don’t laugh?
You do not need to laugh to join in. If you find it hard to laugh, a smile is fine. The important thing is to have a willingness to laugh, to be yourself and enjoy being with other playful people. Even anticipating a good laugh is great for our health and wellbeing. Participants usually find that if they are simply willing to laugh and have fun then the rest is easy!
“Since coming to the Laughter Club I have made new friends and had great fun – simply wonderful!”
“We had a fantastic time -thank you so much for helping us to laugh heartily, and reminding us how much fun it is to be silly.“
What do I need to wear?
Please wear comfortable, loose clothes you can move around in and a smile. (No lycra required!)
How much is it?
£7 per person, including refreshments.
Who do I contact to book a place?
Please contact Lisa Sturge on 01243 572381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place at the Laughter Club. Numbers are limited, but the laughter definitely isn’t!