Our Laughter Club Testimonials
Here are four blogs about us:
Be Light and Healthy - HO-HO, HA-HA-HA
Laughter Yoga Creates Some Serious Laughs
Laugh Lines for the Holidays
Ageless with Aunty...HO HO HA HA HA...
Here are some of the e-mails we
Three Times a Charm
Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get
over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a
third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.“
Virgil Garnett Thomson
The first time we attended the Let's Laugh Today Laughter Club
with the Hamakers, Linda encouraged the newcomers to try
Laughter Yoga three times before deciding if they liked it.
Since I'm an introvert, it wasn't surprising that I felt
uncomfortable that first night and was reluctant to try it
again. Remembering Linda's advice motivated us to attend
another session. The second time we tried Laughter Yoga, I felt
slightly less awkward. By this point my husband definitely
seemed to enjoy it, but I still wasn't sure I liked it. Again,
Linda's advice surfaced to the forefront of my mind so I chose
to attend a third session. By the third session, I felt more
comfortable and was able to experience the benefits of Laughter
Yoga. It's been over a year since we attended our first
session, and we are now Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders.
I used laughter yoga again last night to change my energy
before an event, and it worked again! I simply felt lighter
arriving at the event. Laughter yoga is absolutely the best
(and funnest) way to change your energy on the fly. Who knew
you could laugh without any outside influence, and you could
change your energy without "getting quiet and closing your
Thanks for all you do. Aline Barrett
Hi Linda and Bill, I loved every nanosecond of your laughter
club last night! You've brought an explosion of laughter to
southeast Massachusetts that even has northern Mass. residents
-- like myself -- traveling for the pure pleasure and
inspiration of laughing with you. You two generate particularly
creative exercises, teaming up, punting to each other, and
including everyone in the room in a unique way. Thank you for
the uplifting and healing session. Laughing for no reason has
never been better! Laughter breeds laughter, success breeds
success, so you have nowhere to go but laughingly far!
All The Best, Sue Herz
Bill and Linda returned from their New Mexico training with Dr.
Kataria having gained even more positive laughter energy to
share with LY participants: the second portion of the program
is a guided relaxation meditation that’s done lying on
the meetinghouse floor. Believe me, their strength guiding this
is highly effective: a natural segue to the laughter portion of
the program that starts off the evening. You’re bound to
feel renewed, recharged and reinvigorated from the whole
The times I've been to Let's Laugh Today I walked out floating,
as though I had either run 5 miles, meditated for an hour or
had an amazing massage. Laughter truly does cure what ails you.
Do your body, mind and spirit a favor and try it out. Sooo
easy, sooo effective.
Hi Linda and Bill,
I just love the Laughter Club meetings. Occasionally I have
trouble staying asleep at night. I fall asleep fine but wake up
in an hour, but on Laughter Club meeting nights I fall asleep
and stay asleep the whole night through. An extra bonus!
Thanks! Looking forward to the next meeting.
I read an article in the local Gazette that caught my interest
about laughter yoga and a laughter club starting in Franklin. I
called my daughter and coaxed her to come with me. We now have
a standing date every 4th Monday of the month to share time
together feeling happy and healthier as we incorporate laughter
into our lives. After 4 visits to the laughter club I find
myself driving to work starting out with a few ho ho ha ha he
he's and breaking into sporadic laughter for 5-10 minutes. I
arrive at work more alert, happy and ready to take on the day
pleasantly. Laughing is becoming a good habit, I laugh several
times a day as a result I'm happier, healthier and have a more
positive outlook. I'm grateful Bill and Linda Hamaker have
brought a laughter club to Franklin. I encourage people to give
laughter yoga a try. It's fun and we all can benefit from fun
in our lives.
LAST NIGHT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
SINCE I GOT OUT OF BED THIS MORNING I HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT
LAUGH TELLING MY FRIENDS AT WORK ABOUT YOUR GROUP LAST NIGHT.-
I’M ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH. THANKS FOR
SHARING YOUR GIFTS.
SINCERELY, LIANE BROOKS
Thank you for a fabulous evening
of relieving my stress for a little while. I wish you would
consider a weekly class instead of monthly. :-)
Warm regards, Mary McDonald
Dear Bill and Linda,
Read the article about your laughter club, wow so many people.
Makes me feel proud. Keep it up. Want to report your club
activities on my home page with a link to your page please send
me a page write up with photos.
Love Laughter & Peace
Founder Laughter Yoga Clubs
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
Having two teachers and an enthusiastic group of leaders eager
to learn made our time productive as we were shown and
explained about the basics of laughter yoga and allowed to
practice the exercises as well. The Hamakers really know their
stuff and provided access to all kinds of resources on the
internet as well as the packet they provided. Creativity was
encouraged within the guidelines set out by Dr. Kataria. Lots
of fun and good friendships resulted!!
Thank You again for providing all your wisdom to all of us. Not
only did I get great insight on laughter, I could physically
feel the left brain giving way to the right, laughing just
laughing for no reason, and feeling great after. I am so much
richer now than before I started our course.
I highly recommend this training. Even if you don't think
you'll ever lead a group, you will learn a lot and have a
Thank you for welcoming us into
your home for Laughter Yoga Leader training 3/2013! What an
amazing weekend to spend with my spouse! There's nothing better
than sharing two days of laughter with the one you love! You
are both gracious hosts. I felt very comfortable and welcome in
your home. The training was well organized, fun and moved along
at a great pace. Attending the Laughter Club meeting in Sharon
really made the training! What a great experience to see how
you run your club! Very helpful. I am grateful to have Laughter
Yoga in my life. It has changed/saved my life! And my family!
Well worth the five hour drive from Upstate NY! I am forever
grateful and laughing! Thank you Bill and Linda!
Thank you so much for opening your home to us and allowing us
to be part of such a life changing experience. This was such an
amazing training and our Laughter Yoga Leader Training class
was filled with the most exceptional people. My spouse and I
first decided to take this training after seeing it on a PBS
television show and decided we had to find a way to get
involved. After doing a little research we found a few LY
Teachers but when we found Let's Laugh Today we decided you
were perfect for what we were going to embark on as a couple!
We had never participated in Laughter Yoga before starting this
journey and were a little nervous about what to expect. Though
a few nights before the training our phone rang and it was
YOU!! After speaking with you for a few moments my nerves were
dispelled and I knew we had selected the perfect teachers for
this new opportunity! When we got to your home and were greeted
with a wonderfully warm ALOOO HA HA, all of my concerns were
forgotten and I was certain this was going to grow to be an
integral part of our lives.
You are such wonderful caring people, amazing teachers and
great examples of what Laughter Yoga stands for. We
incorporated many of the practices into our lives immediately
after the course. Our five hour journey home was the least
stressful trip I think I have ever taken. We have gotten our 18
month old son to begin his journey with a partially gibberish
version of HO HO HA HA HA…..and our 3 year old daughter
claps with perfect form!!! I could go on and on but I will end
with...We could never repay you for the gift you have given us
but we will continue to spread this wonderful practice for the
rest of our lives!!
I truly enjoyed the laughter
yoga training. I feel that laughter has the power to enlighten,
enrich, and increase the overall well-being of people and from
my personal experience, the LY training seminar was
outstanding. I picked up valuable lessons and tools that I can
now apply to my daily living. Bill and Linda were out of this
world and seriously know their stuff-- they were patient and
hospitable which i appreciate tremendously. I learned soo much
about Laughter Yoga and its potential for healing and bringing
people together. It truly reinforced my ability to laugh at
good/bad situations that come my way.
I felt very welcomed and
supported by Linda and Bill at the training in their
comfortable home. The weekend flew by with sharing, learning
and hands-on practice. I felt more positive, light and at ease
than when I started out! I left inspired to make Laughter Yoga
a personal practice and explore ways to share it with others.
Thank you, Linda and Bill for your passion and caring.
Bill and Linda not only shared a wealth of information and
resources in their Laughter Yoga Training, but provided us with
plenty of hands on experience -- and laughter! I left feeling
confident, knowledgeable and inspired.
Wow! I had such a great time at your Laughter Yoga Leader
Leader Training this weekend! Not only that but, by Saturday
evening I noticed an experience of well-being beyond any in
memory. I so enjoyed the skill and flexibility with which you
each facilitated the training. It was well-paced with plenty of
listening, doing, practice, relaxation and reflection. Laughter
Yoga is one of the best, most enjoyable, most health-giving
things I have ever done for myself in my life! Spending an
entire weekend immersed in and learning how to provide it to
others is even better. You are excellent facilitators, both as
Leader Trainers and Laughter Yoga Club Leaders; highly
creative, clever, flexible, thorough, and hospitable. I am SO
I now have a new way of living!
I attended your Certified Laughter Yoga Leader training on
March 10-11 2012. You both made me feel at ease in your home on
both days. There was SO much to learn in those 2 days, but you
covered it all without making anyone feel rushed.
There were 9 of us attending, and in my mind we were the
perfect group!!! We all got along so well. I am now able to
bring Laughter Yoga to the residents at the nursing home I work
at. I learned a lot in 2 days and will continue to learn each
time I do a laughter group. HA HA HEE HEE to everyone!
I wish everyone could experience the joy and release of tension
laughter brings... after spending the weekend learning to be a
Laughter Yoga Leader with Linda and Bill I feel ready to do my
part to share the joy!
Thanks again for the training but more importantly for your
hospitality and friendship.
Dear Bill and Linda, Laughter Yoga cured my cold!
I arrived at Linda and Bill's house on Saturday morning eager
for the experience ahead, but rather subdued because it was day
2 of a nasty cold. We laughed a lot during the day and I
participated as fully as I could, but I knew I just wasn't 100%
there. When I left at 4:30 I was exhausted, and even considered
canceling dinner plans that evening with friends. I am so glad
I didn't, though, because as the night went on I suddenly
realized that I felt fine! My nose had stopped running, I
didn't sneeze once during dinner and I had energy! Much to my
surprise the next morning I woke up after a good night's sleep
without a sore throat and feeling energized. That day at the
training I felt 100% there and laughed with even more energy
I recommend this training to anyone who wants to laugh, have
fun, meet wonderful people and add another skill to your life:
leading a Laughter Yoga group! Linda and Bill give you all you
need to go out there and get started. Thanks, Linda and Bill!
Dear Linda and Bill, Thank you for such a wonderful training.
You are both great to work with. The training was extremely
well organized and I learned so much that I feel totally
confident about leading Laughter Yoga sessions. I can't wait to
come play with you at your Laughter Club in Westwood.
Dear Linda & Bill, Thank you for warmly welcoming us into
your beautiful, joyful home last weekend. The Certified
Laughter Yoga Leader Training was amazing! The safe and
comfortable environment you created facilitated the learning
process and was conducive to the camaraderie experienced by the
students. We truly enjoyed meeting and laughing with the
wonderful group of individuals brought together for it. In
addition to thoroughly covering all aspects of Laughter Yoga
from the hilarious parts to the serious parts, we appreciated
the many “extras” you provided to enhance the
Completing the training left us feeling joyful and energized.
You truly have made the world a better place by living a life
of laughter and sharing it with others.
Lesky & Paula
Thank you so much, Bill and Linda, for opening your home to us.
You made the whole process--from your preparatory emails to
your follow-up emails--very warm and welcoming. It's no wonder
everyone bonded so quickly, and I venture to bet your earlier
group felt the same way. You guys are such a wealth of
information and are so quick to share. Thank you, Thank you for
all you've done!
I embarked on a weekend to learn Laughter Yoga. I only had
heard about it, never had seen it and had no idea how you laugh
and reap health benefits. After all I watch television shows
and I laugh. WOW what a great concept and laughter was the
missing piece in my personal puzzle. I now have the power to
laugh off stress, laugh off anxiety, and laugh off negative
people and situations. I bonded immediately with group members.
Laughing is a daily practice for me now I laugh in the shower,
our well produces laughter water, the best in the world.
Thanks again for the wonderful and hospitable experience at
your lovely and warm home this weekend. There is a lot to look
forward to and we are excited to see how this little town of
ours will come to know the same benefits of laughter yoga we
took to heart this weekend.
Thanks so much for an amazing time this weekend! A year ago, I
hadn't heard about laughter yoga and would certainly have never
thought I'd be a Certified Laughter Yoga instructor today, but
I'm so happy I am. I was thoroughly inspired by Linda and Bill,
and our talented group, and can't wait to go out and start
spreading the Joy!
I had taken meditation classes in the past, but I had never
been able to achieve a deeply calm state. When I read Coming to
Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zinn, I understood that some people
need to move to meditate. I am one of these people, I guess.
Breathing and moving during the laughter yoga exercises first
allowed me to enter a deep state of calm during the yoga nidra
or guided meditation. It was a wonderful experience.
I can’t wait to share what I have learned with the
children in my life. I feel blessed to have had this
opportunity to learn from Bill and Linda Hamaker. They are
passionate, knowledgeable and very generous.
Thank you so much for opening your home and hearts to us this
past weekend and turning us on to the benefits of laughter
yoga! It is truly a remarkable privilege to be a part of this
wonderful world wide movement of peace and joy. The close up
smiles and silly giggles we all shared have imprinted on my
heart and mind~ I truly feel you are all with me throughout the
day. What a remarkable bond of community was created in the
short span of a weekend! Thanks again for a wonderful weekend
Barb and Art O.
Linda and Bill introduced me to the Wonders of Laughter. Their
low-key approach, their hospitality, their enhancement of the
learning curve was professional and life changing. As a
recovering stroke person who has had limited body motion, I was
amazed at the benefits to my body that I began to feel when we
began the hands-on verson of the lesson plan. Old and stuck
parts of my body began to move and by the end of the weekend, I
felt totally alive, excited and refreshed. My mind also
received benefits in that my thinking was clearer and the
thoughts became positive. The Laughter Yoga, combining
breathing and laughter, was evenly paced and built on itself .
I would highly recommend anyone interested in learning and
experiencing Laughter Yoga to sign-up with Linda and Bill for
their weekend training program. Unbelieveable and fun
Dear Linda and Bill,
Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend packed with fun and
laughter. The Laughter Yoga Leader training that I just
completed with you was awesome. I learned so much and I am
soooooooo excited to share my laughter wisdom and energy to
those around me. You two made such a great team of teachers for
me and my group. Thank you for sharing so much of your
experience and knowledge with us. I will always remember you as
I help raise the awareness of the BEST medicine
"HO HO HA HA HA!!!"
Dear Linda and Bill,
Thank you for holding laughter yoga leader training. The
weekend was filled with laughter, caring, kindness, laughter,
honesty, training, laughter, great leadership, graciousness,
laughter, gibberish, wonder, and laughter. You have taught me
the value of living in the moment as we do in childhood.
Through you, laughter and kindness is spreading throughout New
England. Ho ho and ha ha forever.
Mary M., CLYL
Working to achieve Certification as a Laughter Yoga Leader with
the Hamakers was an extraordinary experience. Both Linda and
Bill were most welcoming of the group into their home. We were
blessed with a cool, crisp fall day and were able to begin our
group bonding experience outdoors in their front yard –
fortunately, their home is located on a cul-de-sac!
Linda and Bill were the perfect
team-teachers, developing thoughts and expanding on activities
they presented to us novitiates! Having both Bill and Linda
available for questions via phone and email has been most
helpful as I endeavor to develop into a successful Laughter
Best wishes, Suzie G.