Sharing Happiness and Laughter at the TA Conference

Just a few reflections from a fantastic day at the Cumbria Transactional Analysis Conference on 23rd February.  Thanks to the committee for organising another successful event, which brought together 130 people to enjoy workshops on a wide range of topics in a great venue with a delicious lunch.  Good luck with plans for next year’s conference, which will be the tenth one held here in Cumbria so a special date to celebrate!

I ran a 2-hour workshop in the morning called Happiness Matters, so many thanks to the participants who chose to come along and explore why happiness is so important to all of us.  We discussed definitions of happiness, the impact of authentic happiness on our physical and emotional health, how our beliefs and family stories around happiness affect our own experience of it, and our unconscious ‘Happiness Contract’ – and how to revise and update it for optimum success.   Developing a positive mind-set, building flourishing relationships, and enhancing wellbeing and resilience can offer huge benefits both to ourselves and the people we come into contact with, so it was great to see people relating the tools and activities to situations they met in home and work life – good luck in putting all your positive intentions into action!     

The conference closed with a short workshop – or should I say playshop? – for all the conference attendees called A Barrel of Laughs – a fun beneficial workout for whole body happiness.  I led a series of Laughter Yoga exercises to release endorphins, boost energy, and encourage participants to celebrate a successful conference day and leave in a relaxed and positive state of mind. It was a leap of faith on my part as I had never worked with such a large group of people – over a hundred! – and wondered how they would respond.  Fortunately the power of laughter took over and we had an infectious finale to a brilliant day, finding that being able to laugh spontaneously for no reason is an innate human response. Thanks to all for entering into the spirit of the event in a delightfully unselfconscious and positive way.  I hope the enthusiastic participant who dashed up to me at the end to say she was going straight home to play some laughter games with her family had as much fun as I did!

Thanks also to my wonderful laughter teacher Lotte Mikkelson – you’ll find lots more information on Laughter Yoga and its benefits on her website United Mind.

Poem of the Week

To laugh often and much

To laugh often and much
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
                  Ralph Waldo Emerson

4 thoughts on “Sharing Happiness and Laughter at the TA Conference

  1. Kay, very inspiring article, thank you for sharing! I love the posters behind you on the photo, great idea! All the best, Blanka

  2. Great article & lucky you to be at the conference.
    If you are curious about how to engage positive humor therapeutically, then take a look at AATH. http://www.AATH.org – The Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor will have their members & volunteers descend on San Diego this April 4-7 at the Westin, just 20 minutes from the San Diego International Airport.
    Check out the website & pass the information forward.

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