Do you have a skill that you are yet to monetize? You could be sitting on a gold mine. Are you wondering where to start? Take a deep breath and relax. Dr. Lynn and her cat Mitten will be joining me on the show. We’ll be digging deeper into monetizing our skills.
Dr. Lynn Perreault is the founder of laughter Business Academy. She is a leadership consultant, social entrepreneur, energy mover, luxury brand. Lynn is the activator of; purpose, superpowers, abundance, and prosperity certified laughter yoga leader and teacher headquartered in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Before getting into entrepreneurship, Lynn was into improv comedy.
In this episode, Dr. Lynn will take us through her journey to optimizing her skills and helping other people optimize their skills. Also, she will share her laughter journey and teach us two of her favourite laughing exercises.
Are you ready for an eye-opening episode? Listen in to this episode
Key Talking Points of the Episode:
[02:26] Getting to know Dr. Lynn and her experience in improv comedy
[06:13] How Dr. Lynn discovered laughter
[08:14] Dr. Lynn’s first experience with laughter
[11:54] How Lynn became a laughter leader
[14:57] Knowing your worth
[20:46]Standout moments of Lynn’s experience with laughter yoga
[22:37] Lynn’s message to anyone hesitant to try laughter yoga
[24:11]Lynn’s opinion on zoom laughter
[30:33]Lynn’s favourite laughing exercises
[34:43] Lynn’s positive habits
[38:08] Lynn’s that bring Lynn joy
Standout Quotes from the Episode:
“Improv comedy failure is the ultimate funny.”
“Everyone has their own style of leading a laughter yoga session, which is what I love most not a single person will ever run a session with the same vibe ever.”
“ We all know that entrepreneurship involves failure. And how you deal with that failure will create success for you.”
“The whole point of laughter yoga, is to increase wellness and wellbeing in a world where people are endemically depressed and anxious and not feeling very well.”
“When doing a zoom session of laughter yoga is you need to see the people need to see each other.”
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Pete Cann 00:07
Hello, and he can laughter leader, positive thinker and entrepreneur, and you’re listening to laughter and positivity with peak weight. Each week I’ll bring you tips and tricks to lead a happier, more positive life. Ready? Let’s go. Hey guys, welcome to this week’s laughter and positivity with Pete and today I am joined by the lovely Dr. Lynn Perreault.
Oh, so good to be here.
Pete Cann 00:38
We do it. Let me get let me just finish. Let me finish what you’ve written. You’ve written a little intro, so I need to read that out as well. Okay. So, so she She’s the founder of laughter Business Academy, leadership consultant, social entrepreneur, energy mover, luxury brand, activator of purpose, superpowers, abundance and prosperity certified laughter yoga leader and teacher headquartered in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Yeah. Yeah. Very cool. Today, actually.
Pete Cann 01:12
Dr Lynn 01:15
Ah, well, I work in Celsius. I’m not sure what it would be in Fahrenheit, but it’s about minus 10 Today Celsius.
Pete Cann 01:22
That we work I work in Celsius as well. So that I know that is
Dr Lynn 01:25
it is I’m in cold for Windsor, because Windsor is the most southern city in Canada. Yeah. And we typically have very mild winters today is very unusual.
Pete Cann 01:38
Well, you know, I’ve just literally got off the phone or I was doing their laughter live with somebody in Whistler, and they had meter of snow last week. She said that you another crazy amount of snow. That she said is amazing. If you want to go skiing, but if you want to get off your driveway, not so good.
Just see out or take your snowshoes and snowshoe out. That’s the Canadian way.
Pete Cann 02:08
Yeah, nice. Nice. So Canada is on my wish list. Actually, I’ve not been I’ve traveled quite a bit. But Canada has never Yeah, it’s on the list. It’s on the list of things to do. So anyway, we’re talking about my traveling and and bait. It’s all about you today. Lin. So, so Dr. Lynn Perreault. So tell me a little bit about Dr. Lynn Perreault then,
Dr Lynn 02:26
Oh,Dr. Lynn Perreault. Yes, I thought that school would release me from all stresses of life, and that it would make me comfortably secure financially. And I put myself through school and the only person in my family who has posts who has university level education. And once I graduated, I had a lot of trouble finding work, because the excuse people were using was that I was over educated. After about five years of being declined. I’m not going to use the word rejection, but after being declined for many excellent employment opportunities. I decided to start my own thing with laughter yoga, and I did and that’s when I it coincided with me falling, stumbling upon falling upon laughter yoga. My background is in improv comedy. And I used it throughout my education to make extra money to support me, and improv comedy to laughter yoga.
Pete Cann 03:38
So you used to do improv, used to get paid for improv comedy?
Dr Lynn 03:43
Yes, I had troupe? Well, it wasn’t mine. But I was I worked within a troupe. We had C in French Canadian culture. And I’m from Northern Ontario, which is very Francophone. We do improv comedy in elementary school, and we start doing competitions, in a little hockey rink, like it’s a fake one. But it looks like a hockey rink in the school gym. You have two teams and often other schools will come and they will compete against your school. And we play games and whoever is the funniest person the audience decides they have one red cardboard, one blue cardboard, for example. If one team is red, one team is blue, and they all vote so whoever has the most popular vote ends up winning the match.
Pete Cann 04:34
Wow, wow, that’s a that’s a what age was that? Sorry.
Oh, this would have started in grade seven, eight.
Pete Cann 04:42
Okay, okay. So and it’s part of the curriculum.
Dr Lynn 04:46
It is part of the after school. Well, you know what, I guess it could be it’s part of the culture. It’s nothing to do even with the schooling it just has to do with the culture. And it was integrated for after-class activities, you know how through some theater groups that evolve in elementary school or later elementary school into high school? Well, this is what the improv comedy was. It’s the equivalent to that.
Pete Cann 05:15
Yeah, that’s amazing. I’ve just got this crazy vision of everybody in Windsor just walking around in mind, but that’s obviously not improv at all.
Not even from Windsor. You have an excellent mine. By the way,
Pete Cann 05:31
I was really bad. That was really
Dr Lynn 05:35
I really, I’m horrible at mining. And I’m horrible at jokes, too. Which is why I had to turn to improv comedy. I had no choice. I’m an epic failure at stand up. I can’t tell a jerk joke for the life of me not even a knock joke. So
Pete Cann 05:50
improv is spontaneous, though, is that you’ve got to be on that. You’ve got to be switched on to be able to just walk into any situation and turn it around. And yeah, no, it’s good. So Okay, talk to me about because obviously, the people that are listening are very keen to hear about laughter yoga, and you know, how, I suppose how you discovered it, it’s probably a good start. And when, when, how long ago was this?
Yeah, this is my favorite story. So I was doing improv comedy. And I was teaching, because my background is in psychology, I was teaching psychology courses. And I had these huge theaters full of students. And I would try to do some performance bits, or teach them how to do the basics of improv comedy. So they could learn the benefits of laughter and get it I could use that as an activity to energize them and start teaching all the benefits of laughter. But there was a lot of performance anxiety, people felt that they might fail. And of course, in improv, comedy failure is the ultimate funny, so it still didn’t land very well for me. And also, because it relied so much on mood, or state of mind or culture. Because I had many students who were from other countries outside of North America, outside of Europe, they were struggling with this whole concept, and it just wasn’t funny for them. And I was always in search of something that could have people laughing, without judgment without the mind being involved. And in 2007, I was presenting at a women’s retreat, and Lynn Hammelmann in Canada was presenting laughter yoga there I attended, and fell in love immediately, because that was my solution. Laughter Yoga does not rely on your mood, on your state of emotion on your how your day is going. It simply engages the body, to release all of the endorphins and bio chemicals and hormones that you need, in order to trick the mind to thinking it’s laughing, even using muscle memory. In the feeling of the diaphragm moving. Once we feel our diaphragm moving as though it’s in laughter, we trick our body into feeling as though it truly is and then giggles start happening.
Pete Cann 08:08
Anything amazing. So how did you how did you feel that first time you did it?
Dr Lynn 08:14
It was very strange and uncomfortable. And in fact, I still when I’m doing classes or sessions with other laughter yoga participants, let’s say I’m leading a session in a corporate setting. I’m very mindful of how they are probably feeling because I’ll never forget, has strangely I felt and I had at least a background in improv comedy. So I wasn’t afraid to make a fool of myself. But it can be very intimidating, especially if it’s presented in a laughter club, for example, where it’s more meant to be social. If people already know each other. I feel that it can be very intimidating. So I’m very mindful of that when I lead sessions of my own and everyone has their own style of leading a laughter yoga session, which is what I love most not a single person will ever run a session with the same vibe ever. And I love that
Pete Cann 09:20
that’s the excuse me that’s the one thing that I realized quite quick Well, it took me a while actually if I’m honest because the first session I ever did the guy who ran it was very to be fair I copy that copy is that the right word? Yeah that mimic the way he does a lot of the stuff is energies quite high energy got everybody moving lots of movement, lots of a bit sort of comedic as well in his way. Then the next section I ever went to was definitely more spiritual, more movement, more flow. And I was just like, whoa, wait, no waves, the funny bit but it’s mostly just like the comedy side of it, which like, you know, obviously, it’s a comedy in the right word fear. theatrical way, I think
Dr Lynn 10:01
it’s Yeah, well, thank you. It’s so different to experience, it’s truly an experience. So one experience, even with the same person on another day may also feel different. My approach tends to be much calmer, on aggressive. And we’re very conscious of the fact that these are professionals who have to come back to work together the next day. And understanding that we do have a hierarchy in most workplaces where the boss really may not want to be seen out of control laughing.
Pete Cann 10:45
Oh, they know 80 of the officer, I love making the false feel a little bit like come on, get down with it, get down with the but that’s again, you know, again, we’ve got different ways that you can tell the boss, for sure you can tell the boss in a room when you’re in there, because everyone sort of like looking at them a little bit. What are they going to do, but actually
Dr Lynn 11:05
letting them choose how involved they want to be? Right? So I’ll always allow them to choose how much they want to be involved. And of course, I absolutely love it, when the room starts to get silly and giddy, because I will follow along. So I’m not saying that I will keep things very team. What I’m saying is I will follow the lead of the group. If I see them. wanting more, I will absolutely step
it up. Yeah, the funniest, sessions ever. Yeah.
Pete Cann 11:37
So you can remember the first sort of big corporate work like, you know, big, big job that you did were actually now let’s rewind again, sorry, lento. So you discovered it in 2007? You said, How long did it take them to go from discovering it to them becoming a leader than low
Dr Lynn 11:54
I was a leader within months, right within in less than a year, I have some trouble finding someone to get me certified. And I did find somebody in I had to travel a few hours to get to this certification. It was an excellent experience. I was actually the only student and I started offering laughter sessions, more in the style of a club. And then once I noticed, and remember, I had already been graduated for a couple of years. And I had always wanted to begin my own consulting. Freelancing, I guess you could say it’s not really a consulting firm. It’s because it’s only me. And in by 2010, I went ahead, as soon as I found out that Madan Katari out what would be in Chicago, I went ahead and flew out there and got my teacher certification from him. I saw that as an opportunity to move forward with working for myself. And then as I was working for myself, I was certifying other leaders, other laughter, yoga leaders. And they started asking me a lot of questions because my background, my education is in business, psychology, community, and health psychology as well as positive psychology. And I use those in combination. And what my, what my leaders wanted, was business advice. And I ended up having to extend my leader certifications by one day, to give them all the business advice. And eventually it turned into its own thing, which eventually evolved into laughter Business Academy, where I’m teaching people, how to monetize their skills, whatever level they’re at, it is monetizable in a way that makes them feel good. And most people don’t come to me to become rich, they come to me because they would like to share more and be more efficient, have more time with their loved ones, maybe gift, their income, their laughter, yoga income to their children, in order for them to go to university or to their grandkids in order for them to get a car.
Pete Cann 14:08
Yeah, it’s interesting, because it’s a bit of a subject that is where about valuing the skill of being able to run a laughter session, because ultimately, I suppose, where it’s come from India, and it was all about free clubs. It’s all about, you know, again, the corporates, a different world, but it’s, it’s all about free. So actually, especially in the UK, I found this as soon as I stepped into this world, that’s like, you’ve got to value yourself, you know, you’re not worth 20 $30 You’re worth $200 Because what you’re doing is providing the service to make people feel good about themselves. And, and, and that was sort of that’s definitely a stumbling block I find with a lot of leaders. And then if you find that with the people that sort of come to you I’ve in that I don’t I don’t know what to charge, but should I charge and you know, how do you overcome that?
Dr Lynn 14:57
Yeah, Pete I love that you’re like You have brought this up, I do get a lot of messages, sometimes from master trainers that are not in that are not aligned with making a living from doing laughter yoga. And I absolutely respect that. That is everyone’s individual choice. What’s happening economically worldwide right now is a shortage of living wage jobs that are consistent. And in my case, the reason why I monetized every skill that I had was because I had to support myself and I have a child, I was a single mom. And I had to not just survive, but I wanted to enjoy what I was doing. And there are simply no job opportunities that give us a living wage. And this is why laughter Business Academy evolved because it is a profit-sharing model. So that as people want to start out monetizing their skills, or when they want to start freelancing, their laughter, yoga skills mixed in with whatever other professional skills they have, they can make money while they are doing that. Not it’s not the only the only way for them to make money is not from going out and possibly failing at first, they have this cushion of the academy that can help fund their efforts and fund their business experiments as they figure out what will work for them and what won’t, because we all know that entrepreneurship involves failure. And how you deal with that failure will create success for you. Or you or not, or not. But the point is to be consistent and to keep going. And if you don’t have a support system to fall back on or financial support system to fall back on, then, of course, you have no choice, you have to go back to a job that you hate, or that doesn’t pay you enough or go back to having three jobs, which often I had, you know, three, four jobs.
Pete Cann 17:05
Yeah. It’s interesting that you mentioned, excuse me, entrepreneurship, because I don’t if you know much about my background, I run my own business as well. So, I run our hospitality agency. So, and I’ve done that for 13 years. So actually, I’ve created quite a pre COVID It was doing all right, let’s do it. All right. And then you know, so COVID came along and sort of force me mentally to start laughing more. But also, as a slight wait there it because I spent a year pre COVID going, I want to do this is what this is what I want to do this, I could do that over there. And obviously that paid, they’ll get you more than that pays our world that pays for the mortgage that pays for a lot of stuff. So, I’ve been very fortunate that, you know, I’ve got the infrastructure around me. So therefore, the laughter was really a side hustle, so to speak. But what’s happened because I was forced into this position. And being an entrepreneur, because you’re right, Pete, you know, you fail you cost you but you’ve got to stand up, you got to brush yourself off and just keep going. Because actually, if you don’t keep going, then you know, it’s what there are no other options apart from going and work for the man or lady again. And that’s not, you know what we’re doing so, but it’s time, it takes time. It takes you know, it’s taken me what we 18 months into this now. And you know, it’s this today, I just landed a very nice job, basically, which is going to pay for a month. How exciting, which is exciting. And it’s just like, you know, and I’m not saying that to sort of, I suppose brag because it’s not, it’s about just saying well, actually, if you just keep at it,
Dr Lynn 18:41
and this is to be celebrated. It is not bragging, these are celebrations, because you know, what’s happening is that laughter yoga is now reaching audiences that it typically would not reach. These are individuals who typically would never go out on their own to initiate contact with laughter yoga. So, or any sort of speaking engagement, just the fact that you are going out and doing some sort of contract and you have this skill base that you have, of course, they’re going to research you they’re going to see what it is that you do so even if they will indirectly become informed about laughter yoga where they normally would not. So I think it’s all an advantage and the whole point of laughter yoga, really is to increase wellness and well-being in a world where people are you know endemically depressed and anxious and not feeling very well. Overall,
Pete Cann 19:42
is in the sun. Hi, it’s Pete here and I hope you’re enjoying the show. I have a little favor to ask if you are enjoying this episode, then why not press that share button and help spread the power of laughter with your network. Anyway, on with the episode. Okay, so If I can just rewind slightly back to you becoming a teacher in Chicago, which was back in 2000, and
this would have been 2010. Okay.
Pete Cann 20:10
Awesome. Much. Awesome.
Pete Cann 20:16
So, so you’ve obviously run lots of sessions over the past. I mean, that’s 22 or not 22. That’s 12 years. So there’s quite a long time. But I always like to ask Yogi’s, this is like, you know, what, there must be a couple of specific moments where someone’s come up to you. And they’ve said something to you, that’s made you go, wow, that’s really profound what they’ve said. And it all just touches you to the core of what they’ve said. And I’d love for you to share those stories, if possible.
Dr Lynn 20:46
Yeah, I think, for the most common response that I get that I do love hearing, the one that repeats the most is, wow, I can do this as an exercise when I’m feeling anxious, depressed, in the middle of the deepest grief of loss of there have been many deaths over the last couple of years. COVID related, for instance, and this has helped people to cope through they’ve been permitting themselves more to take a break from the grief and using laughter yoga as a tool to help them through the grief. So there we’ll be able to hold both at the same time, they’re able to hold a moment of joy, just a moment, and also hold the grief. And it helps them to move forward. And that I think that’s the most common response that I get that I absolutely love, love, love, love, love. You don’t know what’s happening in people’s personal lives when we’re presenting a laughter session. Or when we’re going out and doing some public speaking, we do not know what they’re really going through. And if this can help push them through or give them an alternative tool to use. I think that’s the magic of laughter yoga, as you can hold two spaces, a deep, difficult space, but also a light and mirthful space, both at the same time.
Pete Cann 22:20
Definitely, definitely. And so, you know, what would you say to anyone that’s listening that maybe he’s just discovering bits about laughter yoga and going on? I don’t know, just sounds a bit wacky or a bit, you know, out there, or I don’t feel comfortable laughing? I don’t know, what would you say to them?
I love that question. I would say find your own groove, find your own style, find your sweet spot. So do this in a way that makes you feel comfortable. If it’s lower energy low, do lower energy, choose exercises that work for you, who’s the audience that is that will best suit you. If you’re looking to make money from this, then know that you don’t have to be doing this the way everybody else does. Find your own way. And you will of course attract similar others. Just do it be you please
Pete Cann 23:16
Dr Lynn 23:18
somebody else because it’ll seem an authentic, you know, there’ll be something off
Pete Cann 23:23
- And it’s interesting as well, because, you know, I suppose I’ve spoke about briefly at the beginning how, you know, the person that I’ve trained with, you know, not trained with sorry, but discovered was a different energy level to the next person. And it wasn’t until I did the laughter phone and I passed the giggle phone around the world. I don’t know if you were part of this, or you knew about this in 2020 that I all of a sudden realized that there was a massive community of laughter Yogi’s that I just dislike because in the UK, it was just this little pocket that I thought sort of belong to and then all of a sudden just opened up. And, you know, I mean, how are you finding, I suppose the Zoom, zoom laughter for a start bringing laughter by zoom, but also sort of how is your reach changed since? Since the pandemic?
Dr Lynn 24:11
Oh, yeah. Well, I gotta tell you my very first zoom laughter session with a corporate entity was a it was a nerve wracking one. I did not know if this would work online. Because energetically when you’re in person, or when I’m in person, I can judge the room like I can. I can assess the room, and I can figure out what shall I go cuz I rarely ever prepare ahead of time. I’ll have an outline and an idea of what I believe they will need. Sometimes I show up and I have to pitch that little cue card out the window because I’m walking into something I did not expect. And that’s basically what my first hotline zoom session was. It worked marvelously. It worked absolutely amazing. So, I’m very glad for that. There was very little I needed to adjust. Very little. I just had to give a little bit more instruction with my words. I was able to do silent. Most of the time I laughter sessions are mostly silent. There’s very little word I’ve worked a lot with. In this city here in Windsor, we have a lot of new Canadians, a lot of immigrants, a lot of people who don’t yet speak English. So, I’ve learned to do sessions with minimal speaking. But this these zoom sessions worked well for me.
Pete Cann 25:44
Yeah, amazing. Amazing. And it’s and I have you’ve done. So, I did, well enough, done a few of these. But yesterday was my first big one where I had like, 40 people on the other side of the screen. And it was just me and my room. And I just found it really bizarre, because I was just like, because you can’t hear anyone, because there’s so much going on. So, you’ve just really got to judge the body language. That’s the one thing that I picked up on yesterday. I was like, right, are they laughing? And then obviously there was there that and then was the lots of all there. So, I just like I think it’s working. I’m in my office it is doing this. So
Dr Lynn 26:21
you know, what’s really neat, too, about Zoom is that you can use the screen as a play tool. So, you can do laughter exercises that involved going off screen and just sort of peeking in, right. So, you can do shy laughter using the screen. Yeah, you can do peekaboo laughter literally using the screen. But one thing that is absolutely essential when doing a zoom session of laughter yoga is you need to see the people need to see each other. Yeah, yeah, of course, as the facilitator, you need to see the group as well. But their videos must be on.
Pete Cann 26:56
Yeah, yeah. I love that. Again, I’ve done a few where literally, it was two blank screens. And I was just like, this is going to be a tricky one. Our mics off as well, just like, come on, give me something to work with it. No, it’s interesting. So, but that’s all really, I suppose how you prove our professional URL, because you adjust to it. And you know, they’re not your favorite sessions? Definitely not, you know, personally, and I’m sure it’s the same view in person won’t be anything else. That’s just the energy in a room. That’s just Yeah, it’s electric, isn’t it? So? Have you ever done money? Like stage? You mentioned stage work?
Dr Lynn 27:34
Actually, I don’t know that I’ve done any stage work for laughter yoga, specifically. My presentations are usually on the floor with the people, no matter how large the group. And your stage question had to do with laughter yoga,
Pete Cann 27:53
or big audience, like auditorium size audiences. So just working out, you know, like, sort of hundreds of people rather than sort of 2030s or whatever. So. But that’s true. I just noticed your cat’s just joined the conversation.
Dr Lynn 28:10
Yes, yes, he did. Welcome, welcome to my world, he will probably walk across the laptop at some point goes. To you, that’s really all it is. Yeah, when I prefer to not be honest stage if at all possible. So I have not yet had an auditorium experience. It’s been more conferences where there was the choice to go up on the stage. And I chose to stay on the floor without a podium, just with the mic and be among the people. And that’s just for me, it’s what I’m used to. I’m also a musician, a musical performer. And I’ve noticed that for me and my style, this is the method that works best. Obviously, if I was only doing it 10 minutes session, as an energizer at a conference, and all the speakers were on a stage, I would absolutely work that and I would be at the edge of the stage, I would not use a podium. I want to make sure there are no barriers between us. I may even sit on the edge of the stage with my legs hanging off. So that it there’s more openness my way, because, because I do you know, but that’s the first thing I tell people when they want to monetize their skills. You know, please, let’s find your own way. Let’s find your way because you know what your way is absolutely best. And then you tweak it and you adjust it and if it fails, you’re fine. You’re still alive. you tweak it next time. Keep going. This is an experiment.
Pete Cann 29:50
I’ve just called Are you. Did you just play with your microphone or was it the cat?
It’s my microphone. No, it’s
Pete Cann 29:57
all it’s all. Just
I think he was rubbing his paws. Oh my goodness.
Pete Cann 30:08
I love the guy’s name. So when I write the show notes, obviously I’ll give him a mention. What’s his name?
His name is me. 10 which in French in English means mittens.
Pete Cann 30:16
Okay, fantastic. He’s just proven that
little white paws on his feet and hands.
Pete Cann 30:25
So, I always like to ask sort of what your are your two favorite? You know that? Have you got to laughter exercises that you really Yes,
Dr Lynn 30:33
I have go twos. They work very well with everybody. And the reason why they work well with everybody and anybody Oh, here we go. He’s making an appearance Hello. There we go. Cute little face. It’s that even if people are holding grief, or or rage or whatever it is they’re going through or if they’re at work, and they’re trying to hold a professional image. I find that Calcutta laughter works extremely, extremely well as an exercise and I find that as a warm up. The evil laughter works very well, or Aloha or the Aloha. But I would like to. Am I doing these man? Sure. Alright, so we just put our two sons together just gently like we’ll just like click them together very gently. And we’ll just say hi. And they will take our index finger. Yeah. All right. We’re gonna let the cat cross the screen here. You know, these, these things can happen even in a paid session, these things can happen. Then we take our index finger out and we’re going to touch our thumbs. Hmm. And then our index finger together. Hmm. I’ll take you take out your middle fingers and we’re going to do them in sequence again. This will be three hos HA HA HA HA HA HA our thumbs touch index fingers touch middle fingers touching next will be our ring fingers. And what we’re going to do these all in sequence again. So before has 123 Ha ha ha going to get all of our fingers involved. Next time there will be five has 123 Haha. And now let’s do this continue in continuity. Let’s keep doing it over and over. 123 Haha. Oh, excellent. hands forward. Hands forward facing out towards the other person is if you’re going to give a high five and we say hold hope and in French hold means Hi. So there we go. Oh, pawns towards the ground.
Pete Cann 32:47
Ha ha ha. Oh Ha ha ha. Oh,
Dr Lynn 32:52
friends. Down a little louder. Haha, hope Oh Damn you, we allow the group to get a grip on itself. And then we’ll do in the end, we’ll do three rounds. When I’m working with people who are experiencing grief or anxiety. We will keep it quiet. I’ll keep it as quiet as I can. And I’ll have it go along quietly. Until I feel like it’s the energetically the moment is right to go louder and faster. To initiate that. That laughter And inevitably, I just use this yesterday with a client who was experiencing grief from a recent death in the family. And it worked Marvis marvelously. She was shocked. She was shocked. Just like Lynn How did you do this? It’s the magic of the body. It’s wonderful. Our bodies are wonderful machines.
Pete Cann 34:12
So yeah, they are they are made of machines. And you know, it’s ultimately, I’m just conscious now if you hear the rain, but on the window
Dr Lynn 34:19
is it raining hard? If
Pete Cann 34:23
yes, that’s fine. That’s fine. And you can’t hear the Hoover upstairs either. I take it I can’t. It’s just me that amazing. So hopefully the listeners can’t hear it either. So um, so what are the positive habits do you do you have daily habits have you got any daily habits that you Yeah, go to habits.
Dr Lynn 34:43
Go to habits. Um, you know what I check in with myself a lot. I I spent a lot of time and silence in reflection in two groups. keep myself grounded, I find that that’s very, very important. The thing is, I have to take excellent care of myself energetically, in order to be able to best serve the people who I work with. So in order for me to be great and on, on spot for doing my presentations or my speaking engagements, I feel that I need to be very centered, very grounded. And I need to be healing whatever is happening inside of me as well. As this pandemic is no easier for laughter yoga professionals, or improv comedy professionals or any laughter professional is no easier for them than it is for the regular population. Just because we practice laughter and we can engage people, large numbers of people in laughter does not mean that we are immune. So, it’s true. That habit that I have, that’s most pivotal is to really take some time out every day for myself. And if I feel like I’m getting worked up, or over tense or stressed about something, I stopped, I stopped everything, drop everything, and go to my space that I have in the house, which is just sitting in a spot in the living room. And I breathe, I just breathe, and sit with it. I sit with that discomfort. I sit with that. Just with that uncomfortable feeling. And figure it out.
Pete Cann 36:30
Yeah, yeah. Perfect. So where can people listen? Where can people listening? Where can put your teeth in? Where can listeners find you?
Dr Lynn 36:41
Oh, that came up beautifully that very clearly. And they can go to www dot laughter business academy.com. And that will give them access to a whole bunch of resources, it will take them into the portal into the community of laughter professionals who are looking to monetize their skills. There are some free speaking, events there. There are like good courses and guides in there, a lot of them are for free. So there’s a free area for anyone who wants to get started. And of course, I am available on Facebook at laughter Business Academy, as well or that’s a page but there’s also the community, this sort of the private community that we have laughter Business Academy community. And that’s where I answer all questions. So any questions people have, they can just put them on there. Once they’ve joined, they can just make a post. And then I will answer like I’m, I’m here to give some coaching and some advice and to share my experiences and to lift other laughter professionals so that they can make a living for economic reasons.
Pete Cann 38:00
Fantastic. Fantastic. So final thought then what three things bring you joy?
Dr Lynn 38:08
Three things bring me joy. There are way more than that. I’d have to bring them down. All right. Let me see. A nice warm cup of tea. Nice warm cup of tea. Oh, that’s so delicious. Taking time with my two cats who are brothers from the same litter, they’re very loving towards each other. They’re often wrapped into each other taking a nap. Then I like to just watching that brings up all the oxytocin I need to feel low. So adorable. And finally. Well, laughing Oh, my goodness, what’s better than laughing? There’s absolutely nothing better than laughing, laughing, and laughing in a difficult circumstance. That’s the best.
Pete Cann 39:02
Amazing, amazing. Well, Dr. Lynn Perreault, thank you so much for joining me. It’s been great to get to know you a little bit more and hopefully we will talk again in the future.
Dr Lynn 39:10
Sounds good. I’m looking forward to chatting with you again sometimes so good to meet you.
Pete Cann 39:16
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