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Exploring Happiness and Humour for Feeling in Control - with Autotrader

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Stephanie Davies, Laughology’s CEO, wasn’t even born in 1977 when Autotrader first started.  But we all remember the magazine. In fact, Stephanie used to flick through it with her friends and point out which car she wanted when she was older. She was never a Just 17 or Jackie kind of girl. 

Sadly, Stephanie never did get that Fiesta XR2 she wanted, but in 2013 Autotrader became fully digital, allowing her to fill her time with car porn. Autotrader has been creating new ways to interact with an online audience ever since. 

The recent climate has meant digital working has increased at Autotrader and, like lots of us, this has meant changes and challenges. Laughology has been working with Autotrader for some time now, partnering on various learning projects, so when we were invited to present to their global team and share our Humour and Happiness techniques for helping to face challenges, we really couldn’t say no.

Stephanie worked with Autotrader’s events company to create a presentation to be used on a platform that was designed to feel and look like Autotrader. With sofa interviews, split screens for presentations and background imagery, Stephanie worked her magic to deliver a one-hour interactive session, giving people tools and techniques to face the next few months and ensure everyone can keep viewing cars online.  

Free Webinar: Kindness Makes You Happy and Happiness Makes You Kind

Friday 13th November 2020 1pm - 3pm

2020 has been a tough year and sometimes it’s hard to find positives. But there is a simple, affordable antidote to the negativity... kindness. 

Studies show that giving to others makes us happy, even happier than spending on ourselves. In one study published in the Journal of Social Psychology, British researchers divided 86 participants into three groups. One group was instructed to perform a daily act of kindness for 10 days. Another was told to do something new each day for 10 days. A third group received no instructions. 

After the 10 days, a survey showed that the groups which practised kindness and engaged in novel acts both experienced a significant—and roughly equal—boost in happiness; the third group didn’t get any happier. The findings suggest that good deeds do in fact make people feel good.

So with kindness in mind, we’re putting on a FREE webinar! Stephanie Davies, Laughology CEO and Head of Happiness, will be joined by Jacque Smith from the Loveleigh charity. After losing her daughter Leigh to suicide, Jacque decided to set up a charity in her name to promote kindness. You can learn more about the story here

Our webinar will explore kindness as a concept, as well as give ideas and strategies for you to use it in your work, school and community to boost wellness. 

This 30-minute webinar will include:

  • Jacque Smith and Leigh’s story
  • Practical advice and suggestion of steps we can take to help others
  • The power of kindness from a neurobiological perspective
  • How to promote happiness and kindness in your school, work and community  
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Supporting Mental Health Week 2021 with our free resources

Supporting Mental Health Week 2021 with our free resources

Here at Laughology, we’re a generous bunch - even if we do say so ourselves - and so in support of Mental Health Week 2021, we’ve put together some fantastic free resources for you.

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 Friday Bursts on YouTube

Friday Bursts on YouTube

Lots of you are enjoying our Friday Bursts on social media, but did you know we’ve now added them to our YouTube channel?

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Join our team as a Children’s Facilitator

Join our team as a Children’s Facilitator

At Laughology, we’re an excitable bunch, but when the prospect of a new team member is on the horizon, it makes us really happy. The question is, are you the next Laughologist?

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Resilience and Mental Health at BDO

Resilience and Mental Health at BDO

In January, February and March of this year, Laughologist Kerry Leigh delivered three separate online Mind the Gap sessions for teams at BDO, to address the many challenges and changes staff have experienced during the pandemic; adding to their toolkits around resilience and mental health as they adapt and emerge from lockdown.

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Creative and innovative thinking skills with Lee Kum Kee

Creative and innovative thinking skills with Lee Kum Kee

Laughologist, Dave Keeling, loves his food and so was tickled pink when asked to run an online session with the inventors of oyster sauce!

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Unconscious bias with Microsoft

Unconscious bias with Microsoft

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening or goodnight? This was how Lead Happiness Consultant, Dave Keeling, began his recent unconscious bias session, covering four different time zones for the frontline workers who manage Microsoft facilities worldwide.

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Innovation and growth in the tech space

Innovation and growth in the tech space

Calling all tech, telecommunications and organisations interested in innovation. Are you relying on tech alone for growth? If so, you need to attend our webinar, Innovation is a Joke – how to create a culture of innovation and growth in tech’on Wednesday 26th May 2021.

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Work overload with Sopra Steria

Work overload with Sopra Steria

In the last twelve months, work patterns have changed beyond recognition. Some new ways of working are for the better, but some mean we are working longer and harder than before, and being less productive.

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Upcoming Laughology learning and development webinars

Upcoming Laughology learning and development webinars

We know the absence of cinemas and decent films has put a dampener on the last 12 months, but we’ve been able to fill that void with our free learning and development webinars.

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Finding it difficult to look interested in your hour-long Zoom team catch up?

Finding it difficult to look interested in your hour-long Zoom team catch up?

Laughology has the answer. We've created an 'interested' filter that you can use during video conferencing calls.

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Menopause awareness at Network Rail

Menopause awareness at Network Rail

A growing menopause awareness across workplaces and organisations is leading to much-needed changes for women experiencing symptoms, but there’s still a long way to go. Luckily for the staff at Network Rail, Kerry Leigh was on hand to deliver a menopause webinar to help everyone understand the impact that it can have on women in the workplace.

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Building resilience and positivity at Internationella Engelska Skolan Arsta

Building resilience and positivity at Internationella Engelska Skolan Arsta

Developing and maintaining resilience and positivity in schools as we come out of the Covid era is going to be more important than ever before. Supporting staff to understand what makes them happy and therefore more resilient is a great way to help the whole school community feel more positive as life begins to return to normal.

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Home learning tips for Sopra Steria

Home learning tips for Sopra Steria

Home learning has been a challenge for parents across the county. Finding yourself in the role of teacher has been daunting for many, particularly when children start banding around terms like ‘past progressive’ and ‘the grid method’ - which, to our relief, has certainly nothing to do with birth control.

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Resilience skills for children at Cookham Rise Primary

Resilience skills for children at Cookham Rise Primary

Developing resilience skills and exploring how changing the way we think can help children face problems as they arise. It was with this in mind that Victoria Maitland enjoyed an online visit to students from Cookham Rise Primary in late January, to deliver two virtual, action-packed FLIP-it Thinking sessions for 120 students. 

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Cultivating Resilience and Weeding Out Wonky Thoughts - our latest webinar is here!

Cultivating Resilience and Weeding Out Wonky Thoughts - our latest webinar is here!

Do you need to grow your resilience? Are you fed up with your neighbour’s cat dropping a turd on your best efforts to be more positive? Well fear not! Our new webinar will help you grow and develop your resilience skills, so Felix finds someone else’s roses to ruin.

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Our tech-tastic YouTube and website news

Our tech-tastic YouTube and website news

 The Laughology YouTube channel is here

Okay, okay, so it’s only taken us about five years to get our YouTube shizzle together, but we’ve finally immersed ourselves in 21st Century life and got our Laughology Learning and Development channel up and running. Yup, we know your life is now officially fulfilled, but do try to contain yourself.

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Award-winning content

Award-winning content

We love what we do here at Laughology Towers, so you can imagine the excitement when one of our favourite learning partners, Natwest Group, won an award for their amazing wellbeing programme which we were a part of.

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Meet the rebels

Meet the rebels

Over the last few months, we’ve been working on our diversity agenda and, as part of this, we have created a rebel boardroom. Not another tick-box exercise, I hear you sigh. Well no, actually. On the contrary.

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The importance of conversation for workplace mental health

The importance of conversation for workplace mental health

It’s was Time to Talk Day on 4th February and so we’re sharing Kerry Leigh’s top tips on keeping conversation going in the workplace, to support each other’s mental health.

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Presentation Skills with The Useful Simple Trust

Presentation Skills with The Useful Simple Trust

It’s been a busy month for Laughology and Kerry spent a lot of time with The Useful Simple Trust helping them improve their presentation skills. These are people with lots of experience in presenting, with bags of knowledge in their chosen field, but who were keen to increase engagement, particularly given the added online challenge.

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