“A playful path is the shortest road to happiness.”-
Bernard de Koven
"Fun is a spiritual thing. It is often a healing thing. It changes our perspective: on ourselves, our bodies, our relationships, our community. It changes our energy, our mood, our worldview. It brings us moments of happiness, of peace, freedom. It frees us even from ourselves.
- Bernard De Koven
Meet others who want to play, laugh, to socialise, have fun, relieve stress and heal the body and soul!
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”― Victor Borge
Our goal is to bring laughter to as many people as possible, also enable you to facilitate and run play and laughter workshops. The way we do it is with play and playful games, improvised laughter games, comedy and improvised playshops. No previous experience or knowledge is necessary, come and join the fun.
Here is what you can gain in the long term
bring back the joie de vivre,relax mentally and physically,improve self-esteem,reduce stress,help to deal with social anxiety, put positive psychology into practice, gain sense of humour,relate to yourself and others in a playful way,help with self-acceptance & self-love,build self confidence,ease anxiety and depression,improve social and communication skills, quickest way tohappiness, feel more positive and optimistic,improve emotional resilience, be in the flow,improve your memory,help you to be joyful & present,help you to accept the moment now,the more you laugh, the more you can laugh,the easier you can laugh, it gets easier to help others to laugh,research shows that good humor and laughter mayreduce stress and the impact of stress on the body,reduce loneliness and increase bonding with others,improve quality of life, even for people coping with cancer or chronic disease, build resilience,increase you immunity & your body's ability to fight infection,improve pain tolerance ….
Check out our calendar, pick your meetup and just come to laugh and revive your inner joy and happiness. Improvised play, laughter games is a simple and a very easy method to put positive psychology into practice in day to day life.
"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."
Laughter is the Best Medicine. Humans were designed to laugh. Laughter is nature's stress-buster. Laugh yourself healthy! We all know that laughter makes us feel good. A regular 20 minute laughter session can have a profound impact on our health and well-being. Laughter can significantly improve your immune system, prevent against colds and flues, help the healing the process. Laughter is a very gentle exercise and it's a fun way of exercising.
“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.” ― Veronica Roth, Divergent
Laughter fills your lungs and body with oxygen, deep-clears your breathing passages and exercises your lungs. You can breath far more easily after a laughter session, it opens the sinuses. This is really important for people who don't get regular aerobic exercise.
"If we're destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there's got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that."
"When you are playful, when you are feeling, being playful, you are walking a playful path. When you are having fun, when you are graceful, when you are in harmony with your self in the world, when you feel alive, when you are delighted and delightful, surprised and surprising, loving, caring; you are dancing on a playful path.
When you are playing, when you are at play, in play,when you are fully playing, when you are playing playfully, you are creating a playful path.When you stop playing, stop being playful, when you become inflexible,unresponsive, insensitive, humorless, fearful, frenzied, you are on some other path entirely.
For adults, following a playful path is a practice, something you put into practice, and then practice some more. When you were a kid, it wasn’t a practice. It was what you did, always. You had to be reminded not to be playful.And you were. O, yes, you were. But now that you have become what you, as a kid, called “an adult,” you find that play is something you have to remind your self to do, playful something you have to allow your self to be.
And once you again take up that playful path you knew so well, you discover that it’s different, you’re different. You can play much more deeply than you could before. You are stronger, you understand more, you have more power,better toys. You discover that you, as a playful being, can choose a different way of being. A way of being as large as life. A way of being you, infinitely."
Excerpt from 'A Playful Path' by Bernie De Koven, download a free copy of the book here