This is my Story: Jo-Dee Walmsley
I would love to share my story of how I stay positive through using laughter as an exercise without jokes or humor by using Laughter Yoga.
Laughter helped me with my relationships, helped me deal with the ups and downs in life and most of all helped me find happiness. By changing my response to events I changed my outcome, which ultimately makes me more positive and helps my relationships at work and at home.
It was 20 years ago when I was 20 something …lol that I was living the life, I had reached my dream as a professional performer very young. I was traveling the world, making fantastic money, meeting awesome people, just living the dream …. When BANG I lost it – I got injured. I hadn’t planned for my future, nor saved any money, I had no back up plan – I was alone and scared in Macau and suddenly faced with this depression. So I did what any normal depressed person would do and I went to the movies – I went to see Amadeus. I didn’t realize at the time how this movie would change my life forever but it sure did.
Act 1- finding laughter: dealing with ups and downs of life
Mozart was a genius and very often misunderstood. He didn’t know how to communicate with people and the way that he dealt with that was to laugh. He laughed at everything and I loved that idea and decided to do the same. I laughed at everything AND IT WORKED!!! I managed to get back on stage for a short time – enough to be able to plan what I would do with my future. The laughter put me in a good mood and set me up for the next stages of life.
Then I carried on through life and went through the usual ups and downs – I got married, I had kids, I got divorced and I lost my kids. I married into a culture that enforces that the kids go to the father after a certain age. Now I am not sure if any of you have kids but you must realize for me to leave them, things must have been pretty bad.
Needless to say I found myself in that dark place, in a depression again. This time I returned home to South Africa to stay with my sister for a bit. I was telling her about my story of when I was young and injured and laughter helped me. Being me, and loving to help people I told her I would love to find a way to help myself and others through laughter…. And she said well Google it! Which I did and wow – not only was there already something called Laughter Yoga that existed but there was a Teachers Training course not only in my country, not only in city but right around the corner from me…… wow talk about the Law of Attraction – but that is a hole other topic lol
Act 2- bringing laughter to the world
So that is where I started my Journey with Laughter Yoga more than 5 years ago now. I went on to travel the world and study corporate laughter using the benefits of laughter in the work place. I have enjoyed sharing what I have learned in many countries and decided to move to Dubai to be close to my kids and thought it was a great place to share my gift. Laughter Yoga is the brainchild of Dr Madan Kataria who invented Laughter yoga 22 years ago in Mumbai, India. He is a Medical doctor who researched the benefits of laughter and has been spreading it through laughter clubs around the world ever since.
Act 3- Get on stage and try it, it’s good for you
There are so many amazing health benefits to laughter and actually we were all born knowing it but were educated out of it. How many of you have seen a small baby giggle and goo for no reason? – it has no comprehension of language – it doesn’t get the joke – it’s laughing for NO REASON. But sure enough I know I used to tell my kids to stop laughing – have you ever done that? Sure you have – well now I am so excited to share my experiences and knowledge about the benefits of laughter and how it has changed not only my life but also those around me.
I hope you enjoy what I have discovered and that you can use the tips I give in your own life. After all a day without laughter is a day wasted. Lots of laughter~Jo-Dee
About the author: Jo-Dee Walmsley is a professional motivational speaker and an expert on helping people deal with their work related stresses and increasing their productivity by increasing their happiness and their resilience. Jo-Dee has been motivating people around the world for more than 10 years. Her sessions are designed to address the physical, mental and emotional stresses faced by people in different fields of work on a daily basis. Her techniques are guaranteed to encourage leadership skills, innovation, creativity, communication, quality and efficiency by managing the mind and creating a positive attitude through laughter and other techniques.