You can’t ‘do’ happy

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An ex­er­cise

The sounds of laugh­ter are, ‘Ha, ho, he,’ and when you com­bine those you end up with a laugh­ter rhythm like, ‘ ha­haha, ho­hoho, he­hehe’. Most peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly left-brained in­di­vid­u­als, think this is silly – the an­a­lyt­i­cal side of the brain is rather cyn­i­cal. Let that side of the brain have its mo­ment but still make the sounds, and ac­tu­ally use your stom­ach so that it is the sound com­ing from the di­aphragm. UP’s laugh­ter and joy work, like most of the laugh­ter fa­cil­i­ta­tors in South Africa, is based on the stan­dard­ised train­ing of Dr Madan Kataria, the In­dian physi­cian and laugh­ter guru who pop­u­larised laugh­ter yoga (or Hasyayoga) in his 2002 book, Laugh For No Rea­son. Jackman, who played an in­te­gral role in bring­ing Dr Kataria to South Africa in 2005, re­ports that most fa­cil­i­ta­tors are ei­ther fol­low­ing Dr Kataria’s method rigidly, or they’ve adapted it. “In our case we’ve def­i­nitely adapted it be­cause we’ve been do­ing this kind of work with chil­dren for the past 12 years and we’ve in­te­grated ev­ery­thing we’ve learned to make it an holis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence – mov­ing from the laugh­ter into ac­tu­ally sus­tain­ing that joy in the work­place and home.” Jackman’s adap­ta­tion works on six ba­sic themes: 1. LLC – Look, let go, choose 2. Fear vs. love 3. Gr­rrrrat­ti­tude 4. Laugh­ter 5. Play 6. Be, have, do vs. do, have, be The themes all in­volve trans­form­ing pre-ex­ist­ing brain pat­terns. Theme six for in­stance: “In a nut­shell we’ve been taught, ‘ You need to do your work, and then you’re go­ing to have suc­cess, and then you’re go­ing to be happy. That struc­ture is lu­di­crous. If we are al­ways fo­cus­ing on the ‘do­ing’ we will never be happy be­cause it’s not the ‘do­ing’ that’s the power; the be­ing is what’s pow­er­ful.” “If I choose to be happy with life ex­actly the way it is and ex­actly the way it isn’t, what I will end up do­ing will be dis­tinct be­cause I’m com­ing from the space of al­ready be­ing happy.” Jackman says that this speaks di­rectly to how most teams are run. “If we con­stantly preach that, ‘You guys need to do this! And the bot­tom line is not work­ing with this!’ you are miss­ing out on the hu­man con­nec­tion that we all have,” she says. “We are both left- and right-brained and we have to make sure that we’re putting that ac­ti­va­tion into both sides all the time and laugh­ter does that in one go. One small ses­sion cov­ers it.”

A last­ing im­pres­sion

The re­sponses to Jackman’s work are pos­i­tive and in­spi­ra­tional, prov­ing that her meth­ods have cer­tainly trans­formed some or­gan­i­sa­tions for the bet­ter. She re­ports that when peo­ple are en­gaged in left-brained think­ing, ev­ery­thing is con­stantly fil­tered, and they’re not en­tirely with you in the present. Through the joy ses­sion, she gets to wit­ness that turn-off and a pow­er­ful, cre­ative right brain come into play. “You can see the sparkle re­turn to their eyes.” Jackman ex­plains that there are two ways to in­cor­po­rate joy into your team. In a laugh­ter ses­sion you’ll get laugh­ter ex­er­cises and an en­cour­age­ment to laugh more, “In the joy ses­sion you’ll get the tools for how to let go of fear, choose love, and laugh,” she says. She ex­plains that peo­ple have been prac­tis­ing old pat­terns for a long time, so new pat­terns need to be in­cor­po­rated. “In some cases the cor­po­rates ac­tu­ally put one of their HR staff onto our joy train­ing and then they bring that back to the teams them­selves.” Jackman can ei­ther put all six themes in one ses­sion which she calls a ‘ vi­ta­min b jab’, or she can fa­cil­i­tate a sys­tem to sup­port your team and trans­form it com­pletely.

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