When You’re Smiling

Have you ever thought about how strange smiling is? It’s an expression that can be used to display pleasure, happiness and amusement, but we can also smile when we are anxious, which may turn a smile into a grimace! Why we smile When we smile we convey to people how we are feeling and show others that we are friendly and approachable. By smiling, our ancestors could visibly demonstrate...
read more

‘Bring the Happy’ (with serotonin)

Bring the Happy ‘Bring the Happy’ is a collaboration between the band, ‘Hope & Social’ and ‘Invisible Flock’, an interactive arts company from Leeds. For over 2 years Invisible Flock have been collecting memories of happiness from people around the UK. First, they set up a base in an empty shop in the town centre and invite passers-by to share a happy memory on the basis of ‘what it...
read more

5 Secrets of Happiness

Secrets to Happiness I recently read a story  about a 92 year old woman and her ‘5 secrets to happiness’. I suspect the story isn’t authentic, just a metaphoric tale but really it makes no difference as it is the message that is important. The story goes like this. A spritely 92 year old lady had been married for over 70 years when her husband died. She decided she had no alternative but...
read more

Laugh your cares and pains away?

Enjoying a good laugh Most people enjoy having a good laugh, it’s a sign of happiness and joy. Scientific research consistently shows that laughter is good for us in many ways. Benefits include improved circulation, strengthened immune system and an increased sense of physical and emotional wellbeing. Prolonged laughter gives us a tough physical workout too. One of the reasons we may feel...
read more

‘A trophy with a voice’

Julie Ostrow – Laughter Connector I am most privileged to be able to call Julie Ostrow a friend but I suspect that just about everyone that has met her will feel the same way. When you meet Julie it’s like meeting someone you already know; her warmth, her smile, her always ready-to-go laugh makes you feel as comfortable, relaxed and as happy as you do with those people closest to you. Yes,...
read more