Laughing Laura has had a life-long talent for laughing. HA HA HA! As you can tell from this website, she is passionate about sharing the gift of laughter.
It is personal for Laura. That’s because when she was in college, she suffered from a stress-induced ulcer. By laughing with friends, she healed herself of this debilitating illness. She hadn’t even set out to do so, but laughing lowered her stress, and thus enabled her body to heal itself. Ever since then, she’s been fully committed to spreading world laughter.
When Laughing Laura heard about the worldwide laughter club movement, she just had to get involved. She began as a certified laughter yoga leader in 2006 and started the first laughter club at a church. The next year, she studied under the laughing master himself, Dr. Madan Kataria and opened the Iowa School of Laughter Yoga. She trained many laughter yoga leaders from around the country and got on a laughter speaking circuit—offering levity to medical conventions, church gatherings, support groups, wellness events and much more.
One of the unique things about her is that she is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Yes, her real name is the Reverend Laura Gentry, though these days she is known as “The Laughing Pastor.” She is the minister of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lansing, Iowa. She’s done ground-breaking work by combining laughter yoga with traditional Christian ministry. Learn more at her Holy Hysterics page.
Laughing Laura has produced a number of creative, laughter resources including 6 CDs, 5 posters, a book and the film “Laugh Friends: A Laughter Yoga Workout for Kids.” These items are available at Amazon.com and The Laughter Shoppe.
The media loves a happy story so Laughing Laura has been featured on television and in a variety of print publications including Ode Magazine. She wrote a chapter for Dr. Kataria's new book The Inner Spirit of Laughter; Five Secrets from a Laughing Guru. She's been included as a revolutionary in Jeffrey Briar's book Laughter Revolutionaries: Making the World Safe for Hilarity. Laura is quoted as a laughter expert in the book Am I Really Hungry? Sixth Sense Diet: Intuitive Eating by Jane Bernard. Visit the press and testimonials page to read more.
Laughter Yoga International has recognized her noteworthy contributations to the laughter movement. They named Laughing Laura a Laughter Ambassador in 2008, then selected her as the first woman in America to become a Laughter Yoga Master Trainer.
With twenty years of ministry and motivational speaking experience, Laughing Laura brings radiant energy, professionalism and wisdom to the all her laughing presentations.
Whatever your programmatic needs, Laughing Laura can work with you to create an exciting, memorable experience for everyone.
Energizing and motivating people to think creatively and work productively is easy with laughter yoga. Consider utilizing her laughter leadership at the following events:
You can't go wrong with laughter yoga at conferences. These brief, large-group laughter experiences can provide an excellent ice-breaker at the start of an event, revitalize the group after lunch, and deliver a memorable send-them-home-with-a-bang closing session.
Let the Laughing Pastor share her theological musings about the Joy of the Lord and how laughter helps increase it! As a minister, she thrives in the church setting and has worked extensively with church camps, women's groups, ecumenical gatherings and more. Learn how to pray with laughter, sing "Jesus Loves Me" as you chuckle and learn about the ancient tradition of Holy Hilarity Sunday. You'll be laughing out of the pews! Check out this video of Laura leading laughter programs at a Christian retreat center or this one of Lutheran ladies laughing!
Laura loves to do laughter programs for health care providers. She explains the scientific basis for therapeutic laughter and then allows participants to experience the joy of laughing in this way. Laughing Laura has even presented at Mayo Clinic.
Workshops & Retreats
Laughter yoga can enable people to work cooperatively and collaboratively from the start. The entire group dynamic shifts after laughing together.
Tired of the same old thing? Then create enjoyable events that encourage everyone's participation. Laughter yoga is a fun and powerful way to help participants leave their inhibitions at the door and get into serious creative & learning mode. Check out this video of Laughing Laura doing laughter meditation at a camp staff training.
Energize and renew your staff. It makes good business sense. Laughter sessions help to dissolve tensions within a group and increase productivity. Just after the session may prove to be the best time to promote new initiatives and strategies. Check out this video, which demonstrates how Laura got executives at GE Healthcare to laugh with abandon.
GELOTOLGIST, DR. HA
Gelotology is the term for the scientific study of laughter. Gelotologists are very serious about this hilarious work. When you hire Laura, you'll discover the miracle drug of laughter and how it can work for you. Laughing and learning makes every event more fun.
HO HO HA HA HA!
See Laughing Laura in action as she leads a laughter yoga session
at the national conference of the USA
"Laughing Laura is amazing! I made no mistake in awarding her the title of Laughter Ambassador. She speaks from her heart and inspires people with her true, joyful spirit.
Her knowledge of laughter yoga and her teaching skills are incredible.
Laughing Laura is surely one of my best Laughter Professors."
—Dr. Madan Kataria
Laughter Yoga Founder