It is important to understand our emotions, to feel them and possibly to shift them. I have been researching how measuring emotions can make a positive difference in our well-being. Of course Laughter is the tool I use to help make that shift.

As I have mentioned before, being able to control our fight or flight responses using laughter is important for many reasons.

3 Reasons to control your fight or flight responses

  1. To bypass the sympathetic nerve and activate the parenthetic nerve allowing us to remain calm
  2. To stop the release of cortisol (stress hormone) into the blood stream which is toxic
  3. To make sure you control your breathing so you exhale more to get rid of all the stale air replacing it with clean air while oxygenating the cells

Another big reason this is so important is that if we are constantly faced with emotions like fear and we are not shifting them we become fearful. Laughter actually helps us move that negative emotion and process it which then releases it.

Have you ever found yourself faced in a scary/uncomfortable situation and you start to laugh? This is your body’s natural response to helping you deal with it. We were born perfect knowing how to control our stress levels then educated out of it.

Time to bring back the laughter!

Laughter therapy and artificial intelligence

We’ve known of this for a while but we can’t stand still. So I’ve been pushing boundaries and mixing Laughter Therapy with artificial intelligence to fix problems which bug me. Here are my thoughts – see what you think?

  • We want to help clients get better faster but it’s hard to pinpoint areas to work on and it can take ages for the real issues to surface
  • It’s difficult to get feedback on what works. Why can’t we target exercises based on need and measure their impact?
  • We “guess” a client’s level of “well-being” and” how they’re feeling”

Guestimates can be wrong yet that’s what we use to determine the next step for the client. (Funny, it is not always easy to express your emotions or how we are feeling deep down)
So I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been doing for the last six months.

I’ve been working with a company called TrueTalk to collect emotions and turn them into data so we don’t have to guess client feelings, so we can target exercises based on need, and so we can measure the impact of what we do. Great for us. Great for the client. After all, if we can measure emotions surely we can use that information to help us make a positive shift in them?

Emotions from voice

This is me before and after a Laughter Therapy session. My voice has been analysed to detect emotions and you can clearly see the “shift” or the “impact” LT had on my emotions.

Here, we collected emotions from the tone of voice – its not what you say but the way that you say it. As you can see the impact is clearly measurable.

To capture this we ask the same questions before and after an LT session.

Emotions from voice results

Emotions from words

Here I was recorded answering a set of the same questions before and after a LT session. The voice recording was translated to text and the sentiments in the words I used were analysed.

Again, you can see the usefulness of the technique!

Emotions from words results

This has really given me an insight into how we can “shift emotions” and create a more positive outcome.

I have been trying this out with several different modalities and it always measures the shifts. And I’ve been trying it with clients; its early days but feedback suggests they’re empowered to more engage with their own issues as well as measuring how the therapy impacts them. Certainly they seem to love to learning more about themselves and I am so excited about this.

What I plan for the future of my app:

  1. I see it being useful in schools where kids find it hard to express their emotions – that gets in the way of learning. This will help us track their emotions and feelings, help them understand themselves and help them make the shift to a more positive place
  2. The world of work is changing. “Them and us” is fast becoming “we”. Tracking staff stress levels to make sure they don’t burn out is the responsibility of all shareholders and all employees. If its not measured it’s not managed. That is what I see my app doing
  3. Even in relationships – finding love is now so popular using a dating app but many fall prey to scams and catfishing (people not being who they say they are). Emotions analysis of profiles, emails, images and voice can be used to assess “sincerity”. I would so love my app to help people measure the integrity of those they deal with on line

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Please feel free to contact me [email protected]

About the author: To find out more about Jo-Dee Walmsley, please click here.

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