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Benedicte Henry

Hi, I am Benedicte.
My aim is to use laughter as a universal language to help participants reconnect in an increasingly disconnected world; not only to reconnect with themselves and their inner child, but also between their own body and mind, and with the communities they belong to. 25 years ago, as a rather withdrawn young Belgian woman, I embarked on a solo backpacking trip to a Greek mountain. There I met my life partner and started an adventure that took me to Australia. With this love came a package of optimism and a positive family. In a difficult period of my life, my mother-in-law advised me to laugh at myself. Her words were never forgotten, so when she passed away, they resurfaced and set me on my laughter path, with a new purpose: to share the power of laughter with others.

Laughter Yoga provides many physical, mental health and social benefits which contribute to improve the life of those who practise it. To name a few, it can decrease cortisol (known as the stress hormone) by up to 65 % in just one session, it boosts the immune system, is a light cardio exercise (Stanford University found that 10 minutes of sustained belly- laughter provided the equivalent in cardio of 30 minutes on a rowing machine), helps to alleviate depression and anxiety by focusing on the present moment, and last but not least, as a universal language, connects people in a joyful and relaxed
manner.
www.laughtoconnect.com

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