Conference Proceeding: Laughing for Wellbeing


  • Silvia King


positive psychology, positive emotions, laughter, positive psychology interventions, laughter yoga, Middle East, fear of happiness, broaden and build theory


This presentation sought to introduce laughter exercises as a positive psychology intervention (PPI) to a Middle Eastern audience. It aimed to provide a brief delineation of related concepts (specifically laughter, playfulness and humour) and situate them in the context of positive psychology, mainly through their link to positive emotions and the Broaden and Build theory. Laughter Yoga, a form of laughter exercise based on unconditional laughter, yogic breathing and playfulness, was introduced as an example of a laughter PPI. Limitations of laughter yoga in the context of cultural suitability were discussed, specifically with respect to fear of happiness.

Author Biography

Silvia King

Silvia King is a positive psychology coach. She holds an MA/lic.oec.publ. from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and is currently completing her MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP) at the University of East London. She holds several complementary therapy qualifications, including as a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher who trained with the creator of Laughter Yoga, Dr Madan Kataria. Her journey as a positive psychology coach started in the UK and is continuing in Dubai and the UAE.


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How to Cite

King, S. (2019). Conference Proceeding: Laughing for Wellbeing. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 5(1), 22–28. Retrieved from