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We do this in a number of ways, working with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds:
We are breaking new ground in bringing high quality laughter events projects and training and are the leading trainers of laughter facilitation in the UK.
It’s our eleventh birthday this year! We continue to enjoy amazing feedback on all of our tailored and public events. Watch a clip of our daily laughter sessions for BBC Comedy at The Edinburgh Festival here.
These days 70% of illnesses are caused by stress, and we laugh three times less than we did in the 1950s. Over the last decade, antidepressant prescriptions have more than trebled in Scotland and nearly doubled in England (British Journal of General Practice 2009). In any one year, three in 10 employees will have a mental health problem. And over 91 million working days are lost due to mental illness each year in the UK.
Joyworks! wants to change these statistics for the better. Our mission is to unite people through laughter and the creative and theatre arts, reduce feelings of stress and feelings of isolation, transform limiting beliefs and in doing so improve health and happiness.
Laughter really is the best medicine.
But what if you don’t feel like laughing?
Have you heard the phrase “laughter is contagious”? Well, it’s true.
At the start of a workshop, you might not feel like laughing. That’s why we begin by using a proven uplifting concotion of games and laughter yoga. Eventually, alongside everyone else, you find yourself actually laughing naturally and contagiously and leave feeling good about the world and its people.
The good news is your body and mind can’t even tell the difference between real and pretend laughter. So even if you pretend at first you’ll still receive all the benefits and it always overflows into hearty and contagious belly laughs. Remember how good that feels?
We don’t do humour or comedy because they’re not guaranteed to make people laugh.
Instead, we use a powerful concoction of exhilirating games,creative play, discussion, relaxation and ‘laughter yoga’ which is based on mime and play . This encourages everyone to join in.
Curious? Then come along with an open mind, ready to embrace care-free fun and let go of your inhibitions. Organisation managers can come along to sample our Laugh In’s free of charge.
Sharon Miller, Director of Joyworks!, has more than 30 years of experience in education, training and the arts. She trained with Dr Kataria the founder of laughter yoga in India.
She has a B.Ed. in Primary Education and an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Acting at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. She taught for two years and began her creative career as a television presenter for HTV.
She has directed, devised and designed issue-based, creative arts projects and education packs for companies including National Theatre of Scotland, Visible Fictions, Artlink Central and Hopscotch Theatre Company. Including a large scale production ‘Jamie the Saxt’ for Borderline Theatre. She was Animateur at Scottish Opera for over 10 years and is an Associate Artist with Scottish Youth Theatre. She directed and co-ordinated arts projects at Polmont Young Offenders over five years and drama courses linked to cognitive behavioural courses at Cornton Vale Women’s Prison.
There are 6,000 laughter yoga clubs around the world, and Joyworks! is the first in Scotland spearheading the movement 11 years ago.
We started out in Glasgow then won a Social Enterprise Award from the Melting Pot.
Read the many articles praising the work we do here.
Find out more about Joyworks! weekly and monthly public events in Edinburgh and Glasgow
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