Learn to Laugh for Your Health

Consultant to offer free laughter workshop for community

SOUTH HADLEY – Consultant Trevor Smith will hold an informative, interactive program about the effects of laughter on well-being on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Hadley Public Library.

Trevor-Smith-Blue-Sky-ConsultingSmith, the owner of Blue Sky Consulting and former owner of Laugh For No Reason, said laughter is proven to be a healing factor in happiness and good health. His workshop, “Laugh For Your Health,” will help participants understand the role of laughter in improving their lives.

Among other benefits, Smith said laughter can reduce stress and negative thoughts, provide a cardiovascular workout, increase energy, improve relationships and increase productivity.

“This is humor that’s less obvious than a joke,” said Smith of his program. “We use improvisation and theater techniques that make people physically move and engage with one another and laugh with one another.”

Smith follows a structured, classroom-style format that teaches the audience about why laughter can keep you healthy and then engages them in exercises of different kinds of laughter and sounds.

“It’s half educational, half interactive,” said Smith. “And the fake, forced laughter quickly turns into real laughter.”

The event is open to all ages. “Laughter can help anyone—families, older adults, young adults,” Smith said. “There isn’t one population that this event is specifically for because anyone and everyone can benefit from being healthier.”

Blue Sky Consulting is a training and development company dedicated to enhancing employee engagement, morale and productivity through creative means. Smith uses laughter and improvisational techniques in working with employee groups to develop morale and collaboration.

His offerings include staff trainings, company retreats and workshops on professional development and stress reduction.

The South Hadley Library is located at 2 Canal St.

For more information on Smith and his program, visit www.blueskyconsulting.us or call 413-204-8308.

Photo: "Laugh as the Sun comes" by Gregory Hill licensed under CC BY 2.0