The photos above are all taken by me - either as part of consultancy work, or for a photo film.
It makes me smile to look at them, even if they're not all the best shots. (Actually, the ones not quite in focus - especially the one where the bottle of handwash, but not the people, is beautifully focused - make me laugh a great deal.)
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Top image: Front cover for 'Book of Nonsense' made by Lorna: leather and fabric on leather (with apologies to vegan readers)
I think laughter is an incredibly important part of life. Finding humour even in the darkest moments doesn't mean those dark times miraculously disappear, but it can mean it eases the next moments of carrying on.
I'm also much in favour of laughter as something we can share. Something that can - even if only for a few minutes - bind us together in shared delight, and a way of communicating that doesn't rely on speaking or understanding the same language.
I wrote an article about the benefits of laughter, which was published in the November/December 2016 edition of the bi-monthly magazine Breathe. You can read a copy of that article, here.
So, as you'll see in the final image, in March 2016 I trained as a Laughter Yoga leader.
[It also highlighted how the use of phrases and words changes over time: being 'certified' - as this certificate declared me to be - has also long been used, at least in the UK, as a slang term for being 'certified insane'. This essentially means not being held legally responsible for your actions. Not entirely what was meant in this instance, above!]
I've since run Laughter Workshops, including Laughter for Well-being for corporate clients. As they/ you/ we say in Laughter yoga: very good, very good, yay! :-)