Jim is a certified laughter yoga teacher, having completed training under the auspices of Laughter Yoga International
We all love to laugh yet few of us take it seriously. But after a career as a journalist, I got my masters degree studying aging services and became aware how intentional laughter assists conscious aging,
In 2016 I earned my Master’s Degree in Gerontology, a discipline I like to call the study of aging wisely. Gerontology makes it apparent there are relatively simple, common sense and effective ways for humans to age well. They can be summed up as a triangle of wellness, exercise, socialize and intellectualize, that is, challenge the mind and body and spirit to keep learning.
Laughter is an elixir of sorts, a font of wellness and good feeling always available. Simply laugh for no reason and your brain releases serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. We can take advantage of this, because our minds are smarter than our brains.And laughing is a wise exercise for aging well, not only because it bathes the brain in happy juice, but because it encourages us to share the laughs with others.
I have run scores of laughter yoga classes, with seniors citizens in facilities, with gifted teens in schools, with highly mobile millennials in skyscrapers, with cancer support groups, with volunteers and staff at Hospice and with persons living with Parkinson’s Disease. My wife and I do laughter yoga most mornings and start the day smiling.
I became a certified laughter yoga teacher, in 2011, having completed training under the auspices of Laughter Yoga International (www.laughteryoga.org) I learned laughter yoga from the masters, my teacher Vishwa and his friend the laugh guru who invented laughter yoga, Dr. Madan Katria, a physician and heart specialist who developed the practice to assist his patients.
I am co-founder of Edible Independence providing meals to seniors living at own home. (www.edibleindependence.com.) and president of SageArts (www.Sagearts.org.) a nonprofits inter-generational arts group. I volunteer for Hospice of the Hudson Valley and am a Certified Senior and Family mediator. In addition to my Master’s degree in gerontology, I have a BS in aging and social work. I live with my wife in the Hudson Valley of New York State.
Thanks for coming to the website. Explore. Enjoy. Laugh. Come back often, and laugh along, send me suggestions and we’ll laugh together.