Laughing Lovebugs Discusses Providing Laughter Yoga Session at the National Organization for Rare Disorders

Hello, Hustle and Soul Magazine readers! We are excited to share with you that Laughing Lovebugs, a premium laughter yoga brand, was recently invited to provide a laughter yoga session at the National Organization for Rare Disorders’ annual Patient & Family conference in Washington, DC, on May 6, 2023. This conference was geared towards patients and caregivers living with various rare diseases.

Led by husband and wife team Lauren and Alik Colbert, Laughing Lovebugs are certified laughter yoga teachers who provide wellness support services through laughter yoga. Laughing Lovebugs sessions combine laughter exercises, deep breathing, playfulness, and movement to help people release stress, amplify joy, and feel more connected. The benefits of laughter yoga include strengthening the immune system, reducing pain and tension, lowering blood pressure, and improving emotional intelligence and resilience.

Laughing Lovebugs is passionate about empowering, inspiring, enlightening, and awakening the inner joy within every human Lauren and Alik Colbert interact with. In this challenging time, they’re attempting to cultivate human connection via laughter.

Lauren and Alik Colbert believe that laughter is a wordless form of communication that links people together. They expressed with us how proud they both are to be part of the National Organization for Rare Disorders’ effort to help those who battle and care for rare diseases feel seen, heard, supported, and connected.

Hustle and Soul Magazine readers, please enjoy our interview!

Describe how you felt when you first learned you were invited to take part in the 40th annual National Organization of Rare Disease event.

Laughing Lovebugs: Receiving the invitation to participate in the 40th annual National Organization of Rare Disease event filled us with an overwhelming sense of joy and appreciation. We were deeply honored to have been chosen for such a prestigious occasion, where we could share the benefits of laughter yoga with the attendees and contribute to their overall wellness.

Anticipating the integration of laughter yoga into this esteemed conference sparked excitement within us. We recognized the immense value that this unique approach could bring to the participants, including patients, caregivers, and the entire rare disease community. Our aim was to empower individuals to prioritize their well-being, forge meaningful connections, and create a supportive environment through the wellness break via laughter yoga.

In the days leading up to the event, our anticipation grew, and we dedicated ourselves to meticulous preparations. Our goal was to ensure that our laughter yoga demonstration surpassed expectations, leaving a lasting impression on everyone present. We aimed to uplift, foster connection, and create an experience that would resonate deeply with each attendee.

The long-awaited moment arrived as we took the stage, greeted by an atmosphere brimming with enthusiasm and anticipation. The eager faces before us, radiating hope, and resilience, served as a reminder of the privilege we had in being part of this remarkable event.

Throughout the laughter yoga session, we witnessed firsthand the transformative power of laughter. The room reverberated with joyous laughter, infusing the air with positivity and warmth. Witnessing participants momentarily let go of their worries, even if just for a little while, and connecting with others in this unique way was an experience that will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

Our involvement in the 40th annual National Organization of Rare Disease event was an incredible journey that left us inspired, humbled, and profoundly appreciative. Contributing to the well-being of the attendees and witnessing the strength and resilience of the rare disease community was a true honor.

As we move forward, we wholeheartedly embrace the possibility of new avenues and opportunities to continue our mission of making a positive difference. We understand the importance of fostering connections, promoting well-being, and offering support to those facing the challenges of rare diseases. Our enthusiasm to this cause remains unwavering, and we eagerly look forward to exploring how we can contribute further in the future.

The 40th annual National Organization of Rare Disease event served as a catalyst for our burgeoning interest in this meaningful cause. The memories created during this event will forever remind us of the impact we can make, and we remain open to new possibilities, collaborations, and innovative ways to support and uplift individuals affected by rare diseases.

You were in attendance and delivered a complimentary laughter yoga session to over 400 guests in attendance. What were some of the feedback from those who participated in the session?

Laughing Lovebugs: We are thrilled to share video testimonials with you, providing a glimpse into the incredible feedback we received from the participants who joined us for the laughter yoga session. While laughter yoga was a new experience for the majority of attendees, we were overwhelmed by the appreciation expressed for the empowering, inspiring, and enlightening nature of the session.

One participant specifically highlighted how laughter yoga not only awakened a sense of joy within them but also played a significant role in fostering emotional resilience. This feedback truly exemplified the transformative impact of laughter yoga, as it reminds individuals to find strength and bounce back from life’s challenges.

The testimonials we received were a testament to the power of laughter and its ability to create a positive shift in people’s lives. Participants spoke of feeling uplifted, energized, and connected to others during the session. Many expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to experience a refreshing break from their daily routines.

The overwhelming consensus among the participants was that laughter yoga brought a renewed sense of positivity, lightness, and perspective. It served as a reminder of the importance of laughter and its ability to bring people together, even in the face of adversity.

Witnessing the profound impact that laughter yoga had on the attendees was a humbling and fulfilling experience for us. We are honored to have been a part of such an amazing event and to have provided a wellness break that resonated so deeply with the participants.

We invite you to watch the video testimonials on our Instagram page @laughinglovebugs which capture the genuine expressions of appreciation and the transformative experiences shared by those who joined us for the laughter yoga session.

All of the feedback we received from the participants continues to reaffirm our belief in the power of laughter and its ability to uplift and inspire.

It was truly a privilege to contribute to the 40th annual National Organization of Rare Disease event and to witness firsthand the positive influence laughter yoga had on the attendees.

What would you say was the best part of the experience?

Laughing Lovebugs: In every session, our aim is to foster human connection through laughter, and it’s challenging to pinpoint a single best part of the experience as the entire event was truly remarkable. However, we must acknowledge that witnessing the profound transformation in the participants was undeniably amazing.

The feedback we received from participants was incredibly inspiring. They expressed how laughter yoga served as a reprieve from the emotional and physical toll of managing a rare disease. It allowed them to release tension, relax, and temporarily escape the burdens they carry daily. Witnessing the participants finding solace and rejuvenation through laughter was truly heartening.

The feedback shared by attendees highlighted the transformative power of laughter. They spoke of the therapeutic effect it had on their well-being, offering a break from the challenges they face and enabling them to experience moments of joy and connection. It was a humbling experience to be a part of their journey towards finding relief and renewed strength.

The entire event provided us with invaluable insights and lessons. Another highlight of the experience was the invaluable knowledge we gained and the meaningful connections we formed throughout the event. From the collective learnings, the inspiring stories shared, and the transformative shifts observed in the participants all stand out as significant highlights. It was an honor to be part of an event that shed light on the challenges faced by the rare disease community and provided an avenue for healing and connection.

We were deeply thankful for the opportunity to contribute to this event and learn alongside the participants. Their resilience and courage continue to inspire us as we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by rare diseases.

In hindsight, why do you think it was vital for you to be there?

Laughing Lovebugs: Looking back, it becomes clear why it was vital for us to be part of this event. Laughter yoga played a crucial role in promoting well-being and uplifting the spirits of the participants. This population showcased incredible emotional resilience, and we wanted to contribute to their overall sense of feeling good.

Laughter yoga has been known to improve mood and enhance overall well-being. For individuals managing a rare disease, these benefits are particularly significant. The stresses and challenges they face on a daily basis can be overwhelming, and laughter yoga offers a therapeutic outlet for them to find moments of joy and relief. It was essential for us to be there, providing this much-needed respite and support.

Additionally, connecting with other patients who share similar experiences and challenges can be difficult for those affected by rare diseases. The event served as a platform to encourage social connection and community building. By facilitating laughter yoga, we aimed to create an environment where participants could forge meaningful connections with one another, sharing their journeys and finding solace in the understanding and support of their peers.

Throughout the event, we gained a deeper understanding of the immense challenges faced by individuals living with rare diseases. The scarcity of information about these conditions and the limited treatment options often result in a sense of isolation and difficulty. Learning about these struggles emphasized the importance of our laughter yoga session in providing a much-needed respite.

We are incredibly appreciative to the event organizer, Amanda, for recognizing the value of incorporating laughter yoga into the program. Her vision and dedication to creating an inclusive and supportive environment allowed us to be a part of this transformative experience. It was through her efforts that we had the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of the attendees and witness the resilience and strength of the rare disease community.

What would you like to say to the National Organization for Rare Disorders’ annual Patient & Family conference organizers?

Laughing Lovebugs: We would like to extend our immense thankfulness to the National Organization for Rare Disorders’ annual Patient & Family conference organizers. The opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary event was truly humbling and filled us with deep heartfelt appreciation.

The presence of such an inspiring and resilient community was a privilege that we will forever cherish. We approached the conference with utmost gratitude for the chance to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by rare diseases. The courage and determination exhibited by the attendees continue to inspire us, and we feel privileged to have had the opportunity to contribute to their well-being.

Our involvement in the conference proved to be mutually beneficial. We are immensely grateful for the chance to collaborate with the conference organizers in supporting this incredible community. Their vision, dedication, and tireless efforts in organizing such a meaningful event have made a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by rare diseases. Their commitment to raising awareness, providing support, and fostering a sense of unity is truly commendable.

In conclusion, we express our heartfelt gratitude to the National Organization for Rare Disorders’ annual Patient & Family conference organizers. The experience was invaluable, and we are honored to have played a part in such an inspiring event. The impact of this conference will continue to reverberate within us, reminding us of the importance of supporting and uplifting individuals facing rare diseases.

What else is happening as of late at Laughing Lovebugs?

Laughing Lovebugs: We have some exciting news to share about what’s happening at Laughing Lovebugs! We are thrilled to announce the long-awaited launch of our Laughing Lovebugs Merch, featuring a delightful collection of T-shirt apparel. This summer, our dedicated supporters will finally have the opportunity to proudly wear our brand and spread laughter wherever they go.

The demand for our T-shirts has been consistently high, with numerous requests pouring in from our amazing community. We have listened attentively to your feedback and are overjoyed to fulfill your wishes. The arrival of our premium T-shirt collection is a significant milestone for us, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see our vision come to life.

Each T-shirt has been designed with care and creativity, capturing the joy and laughter that Laughing Lovebugs embodies. We wanted to create a wearable expression of our mission, allowing you to showcase your love for laughter and positivity in a stylish and comfortable way.

The launch of our Laughing Lovebugs Merch signifies an exciting chapter for us, as we expand our presence and continue to inspire and uplift through laughter. We are amped and filled with anticipation as we prepare to make these T-shirts available to all our supporters. Your unwavering enthusiasm and support have been instrumental in making this dream a reality, and we are deeply thankful for your patience and loyalty.

Stay tuned for updates and announcements regarding the official release of our Laughing Lovebugs T-shirts. We can’t wait to see you sporting these vibrant and meaningful designs, spreading laughter and inspiration wherever you go. Thank you for being a part of our journey, and we look forward to sharing more exciting developments from Laughing Lovebugs in the days to come!

What are you most excited about for the rest of the year?

Laughing Lovebugs: We are thrilled about the upcoming opportunities to provide in person and virtual laughter yoga services throughout the rest of the year. Our passion for sharing laughter yoga knows no bounds, and we are excited to continue to engage with a diverse range of clients. From schools to workplaces, hospitality establishments to the entertainment industry, and major corporations, we eagerly anticipate every chance to spread the joy of laughter.

In particular, we are delighted to share that we have been invited to hold laughter yoga sessions at the Annual FOP Family Gathering organized by the International FOP Association. Taking place in November in Dallas, Texas, this event is dedicated to supporting individuals affected by Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), an ultra-rare genetic bone disease. We are honored to contribute to their gathering and help bring laughter and positivity to their lives.

As the year unfolds, we remain committed to our mission of sharing laughter yoga with as many people as possible. We look forward to the various opportunities that lie ahead, embracing each chance to make a positive impact and uplift individuals through the transformative power of laughter.

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