The Big Whoopee
Over the last 40 or so years of introducing people to the art of fun, I’ve collected and developed a few salient presentations describing what one might call the “Science of Fun.” It’s a series of three closely related “big ideas” about the psychology, sociology and facilitation of fun. I’ve iterated, and reiterated these concepts hundreds of times, and have written about them extensively. You can read the most recent version here.
In August of 2010, I had yet another opportunity to present these ideas at a conference of American Laughter Yoga teachers and leaders. It turned out to be a remarkable experience, for me, and I think for everyone participating. They were the perfect audience – laughing, responding, listening, questioning. They introduced me to a new perspective on one of the central theories of my presentation. I began thinking that Csikszentmihalyi’s concept was supposed to be called “Flow.” I concluded knowing that its real name is “the big whoopee.”
They in fact gave me everything I needed to make this one of the best experiences I’ve had – so exemplary, so coliberating, that I’ve come to regard it as something of a culmination. I just can’t think of how I could make it any better.
And, because it was captured so expertly by such a professional videographer, and because the organizer, Sebastien Gendry, was generous enough not only to share it online but also to give me permission to share it with you – I have something fun I can share with you, something self-explanatory, and, at last, I need say no more.
A few notes: