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Mature Preneurs Talk with Diana Todd-Banks

Apr 1, 2019

In 2010, Noreen Braman, who had already reinvented herself in 1997 after a contentious divorce, was reeling from a corporate downsizing, dealing with economic recession of historic proportions and facing her own midlife issues. Soon her skills as a strategic communications professional, humourist and performer sent her in a new direction.

By the end of that year, she became a certified Laughter Yoga Leader, had her mind blown at a conference called “Can Humour Save the World” and studied the Psychology of Laughter at Rutgers University. In 2012 she added certification in Laughter Wellness, studied the Science of Happiness through Berkeley University in 2016 and ever since has been presenting laughter for the health through her Smile Side of Life Laughter & Happiness Club presentations.

Taking her message about laughter to the world on a full time basis Noreen again “reinvented” herself. Dr Paul McGhee’s book “Humour as a Survival Tool “ helped her understand the importance of humour and laughter to all humans. With the physical and emotional health benefits that come with humour, laughter and mindfulness, Noreen deals with her fibromyalgia and thyroid disease with humour, reminding us all that yesterday’s problem can be today’s funny story. 

Recently, she has started helping others with a workshop self-discovery through developing a vision, mission statement, and strategic plan for ones’ own life. Noreen’s own vision and mission statements can be found on her website at, along with more about enhancing wellbeing with laughter, and her helpful articles and videos.

This is a powerful conversation from which everyone can learn more about the importance of laughter in each of our lives.