笑出健康協會Healthy Laughters Association 於2008年成立，是一個非牟利的服務機構，本著助人自助的精神，實踐Laughter Yoga ”Laugh for no reason” - 愛笑瑜珈「笑不需要理由」的理念，在全港各區組織《香港愛笑俱樂部》Laughter Club ，提倡以歡笑帶動身體及心靈的健康；拉近人與人之間的距離；希望藉此以歡笑感動每一個人，讓愛的種子散播每個家庭及傳遍整個社會、生命從此變得更美好！詳情請瀏覽本網頁或與余狄夫 Dick Yu聯絡。
02 April2012 英文虎報 (法新社報導) 採訪維園Laughter Club 訪問Dick(Laughter Yoga Teacher)
Hypnotherapist Dick Yu has a mission that seems unthinkable to
some Hong Kong people: he
wants to make the Asian financial hub's seven million residents laugh.
"Hong Kong people don't laugh because they are under constant pressure
to make more money, to make life better," says Yu, who has founded 11
Laughter Clubs in the southern Chinese city since 2007.
"People get worried easily because housing is so expensive, the cost of
living is getting higher and people are concerned about whether they can
keep their job."
The 35-year-old trained hypnotherapist set up Hong Kong's first laughter club in 2007, after he discovered the
concept of laughter yoga -- made popular as an exercise routine by Indian
physician Madan Kataria in 1995.
Since then hundreds of heavy-hearted Hong Kongers have signed up for the free
classes, a sign, experts say, of the city's underlying health and social
"When you laugh, you're happier, you become positive and everything
else will become better," Yu says after a one-hour laughing session in a
"Ho ho, ha ha ha," the group of 30 students recite. They combine the
exercise with deep yogic breathing, give each other high-fives, clap and
waddle like penguins, all in the name of laughter.
The fake laughter very soon breaks into the real thing, demonstrating
one of the core principles of laughter yoga: laughter has physiological
benefits whether it is fake or real.
As the adage "laughter is the best medicine" goes, researchers credit
belly laughs as a recipe for a healthy heart. It helps expand blood vessel
linings to increase blood flow, reduces stress hormones and boosts the
A British study last year showed 15 minutes of laughter increased the
level of pain tolerance by around 10 percent, as the action helps to
trigger the release of endorphins, the body's naturally produced pain
"It was a bit awkward in the beginning when we tried to fake the
laughter with the 'ho ho, ha ha ha', but after a while you can tell the
difference and you feel more relaxed," said Kaman Wong at one of Yu's
The 37-year-old student joined the laughter club two years ago when he
was a supervisor at a food processing firm.
"The work was stressful. There was a lot of overtime work, I had to
deal with many workers. If anything went wrong I was responsible, but I've
learned how to laugh away all the stress," he says.
But on top of his work problems, he said the pressure-cooker atmosphere
of Hong Kong itself was getting him down.
"Everyone is like a balloon that is about to explode in Hong Kong. If
you smile at me, I wouldn't know how to react to that. I think there are
just a lot of barriers among Hong Kongers that we need to break," he
Social scientists say the laughter club boom highlights the stress
issue faced by many residents of a densely populated city which groans
under extremes of inequality, soaring property prices and cramped living
The number of people seeking psychiatric treatment at Hong Kong's
public hospitals leapt 20 percent between 2007 and 2011 to 184,087,
according to the Hospital Authority.
Hong Kong's suicide rate rose from 11.5 deaths per 100,000 people in
1990 to 14.6 in 2009, World Health Organization figures show. That's
higher than in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, but
lower than South Korea.
Paul Yip, director of the University of Hong Kong's Centre for Suicide
Research and Prevention, says material success means more to many Hong
Kongers than physical well being.
"Hong Kong is a very fast-paced society. People walk fast... They have
to work long hours not because it is their choice but because they have to
survive," he says.
Sky-high property prices fuelled by the entry of rich mainland Chinese
tycoons into the local market mean families often have to squeeze into
"Even if you're not happy, you have nowhere to go," Yip says.
In other words, Hong Kong is fertile ground for laughing guru Yu, who
hopes to set up branches of his club all over the city.
"The laughter club should be like a convenience store, which you have
in every community. If everyone is laughing, the society will be happier,"
"I hope there are more laughing ambassadors in Hong Kong to spread joy
and laughter to everyone."