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Laughter Therapy Diploma Course

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Do you know why we laugh and what effect laughter has on the mind and body? This course sheds light on the specific benefits of laughter and explains how laughter can be used in structured therapy, along with how you can become a professional laughter therapist.

What You'll Learn from the Laughter Therapy Diploma Course

Laughter is something that comes to us naturally, but why? The Laughter Therapy Diploma Course explains this, offering evolutionary reasoning and social theories that bring a greater understanding of this natural behaviour that is so effective it can be used in structured therapy.

To understand why Laughter Therapy has come about, you need to understand why people would be encouraged to laugh and what specific physical benefits they would gain. The course describes various systems and parts of the body, explaining their purposes and how laughter has a positive physiological effect on them and can trigger healing.

It’s hard to hang on to negative thoughts and feelings when you’re laughing. With this in mind, the Laughter Therapy Diploma Course looks at the benefits of laughter on mental health. You will learn the benefits of involving laughter in long-term mental and emotional wellbeing.

The course explores the fundamental aspects of Positive Psychology and the association between traditional human needs and security and happiness. You will explore the different approaches in the humanistic psychology perspective and how they can be used in laughter therapy.

You will learn about mental health, including how negative habitual thinking patterns can develop and how they affect our general mindset. The course also looks at how the practice of Mindfulness can help combat current mental health problems and provide resilience to future issues.

In addition to providing knowledge on the theories and practices of Laughter Therapy, the course explores therapy itself, as a career path. You will be guided through the skills required to be a successful therapist, along with the ethical considerations and legal requirements that ensure your practice is a safe and secure place for clients. Next steps for you to take in order to create your own laughter therapy practice are also provided.

After taking you through all the necessary prerequisite knowledge, the course goes into an in-depth explanation of the four steps of Laughter Therapy. You will gain an understanding of how to use these foundational steps with a client and how to adapt and expand on them to suit specific needs.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

This course can be undertaken by those who wish to become a professional Laughter Therapist, as not only does it include information about the theories and techniques involved but also how to run a session and the legal and ethical considerations that you need to be aware of.

You could also benefit from taking the course if you are already a therapist and would like to add Laughter Therapy to your existing services or if you wish to study the course materials to use the practice in your own life.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Laughter Therapy Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus



Module 1: Laughter and Humour

  • Laughter Evolution
  • Great Communication
  • Humour
  • Safety in Numbers
  • Activity
  • Theories of Humour
    • The Incongruity Theory
    • The Relief Theory
    • The Superiority Theory
  • Individual Humour
  • Summary
  • Assessment
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

Module 2: Brain & Body Benefits

  • How Laughter Occurs
  • The Nervous System
  • The Brain
  • The Limbic System
  • How Laughter Changes Health
  • The Muscular and Skeletal System
  • Activity
  • The Immune System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Brain
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • Summary
  • Assessment
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

Module 3: Laughter and Psychology

  • Laughter Therapy Benefits
  • Stress Less
  • Pain Reduction
  • Activity
  • Increase Happiness
  • Communication Enhancement
  • The Loneliness Risk
  • Strengthens Relationships
  • Learning to Laugh
  • What Makes You Smile?
  • Activity
  • Smile
  • Be Grateful
  • Finding Humour
  • Summary
  • Assessment
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

Module 4: Laughter Meets Lifestyle

  • Why Positive Psychology?
  • META Health Approach
  • Human Needs
  • Abraham Maslow
    • Physiological Needs
    • Security
    • Love
    • Self-Esteem
    • Self-Actualisation
  • Human Givens Approach
  • Activity
  • The PERMA Model
    • Positive Emotion
    • Engagement
    • Positive Relationships
    • Meaning
    • Achievement
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Long Lasting Therapy
    • Step One - Exploration
    • Step Two - Learning to Laugh
    • Step Three - Meeting Needs
    • Step Four - Empowerment
  • Summary
  • Assessment
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

Module 5: Mindful Health

  • The Mind
  • Early Learning
  • Mindset
    • The Victim
    • The Alpha
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Summary
  • Assessment
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

Module 6: About Therapy

  • What is Therapy?
  • Regulation and Professional Development
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Conduct and Appearance
  • Professional Boundaries
  • Confidentiality
  • Your Therapist Responsibility
  • Skilled Communication
  • Building Rapport
  • Mirroring
  • Good Listening
  • Body Language
  • Empathy and EQ
  • Empathy
  • Your Own Health
  • Summary
  • Assessment
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

Module 7: Professional Practice

  • Step One - Exploration
  • Client Assessment
    • Physical Health
    • Mental Health
    • Depression Symptoms
    • Symptoms of Stress
    • Spiritual Health
  • Step Two - Learning to Laugh
  • Step Three - Meeting Needs
  • Step Four – Empowerment
  • Your Business Plan
  • Marketing
  • A Note On Your Strengths
  • Self - Employment and The Law
  • Assessment
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

Course Summary

References and Resources

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


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