THE statistics are alarming — while children laugh 400 times a day, in some cases adults laugh as little as only four times.
It's a figure Knox's Lynette Mitchell is preparing to tackle head-on in her role as 'laughter coach' at the Day of Joy and Optimism in Ferntree Gully next week.
The event organiser, Mrs Mitchell said the day was for people looking to enhance their lives as well as their relationships with others.
Mrs Mitchell is also the leader of the Ferntree Gully Laughter Club, which specialises in relieving tension and lifting people's spirits.
The association formed in 2005 and was originally based in Boronia before moving to its new home behind Ferntree Gully library. The club has between six and eight regular participants but Mrs Mitchell would love to see more people coming for a laugh. "I've noticed that people come for a while and then they sort of drop off. It'd be nice to have at least a dozen regulars in the next few years," Mrs Mitchell said. There are more than 6000 laughter clubs around the world, spreading the many positive benefits of a hearty chuckle.
The Day of Joy and Optimism will feature activities such as laughter yoga, meditation, creative activities, group sharing and other tools for empowerment. All money raised will be donated to Insight Foundation, a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transformation and healing.
The event will held at The Hut Gallery, 157 Underwood Road, Ferntree Gully, from 10am-4pm on Saturday, September 29. Cost: $50, includes morning and afternoon tea. Details: Lynette Mitchell, 0425 799 258.