Author and Motivational Humorist Gail Hand to Speak in Manzanita Febraury 14

Submitted by Gail Hand

Join us for the Power of Laughter presentation by longtime Motivational Humorist, author and trainer Gail Hand, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Please note this is a change to Wednesday. All of our Art of Aging/of Dying events will be on Wednesdays in 2018.

Gail Hand
Gail Hand will be live at the Hoffman Center for the Arts February 14. Photo courtesy: Gail Hand

Gail started her stand-up career in 1989 in San Francisco and has since toured with her Power of Laughter programs to over 1000 companies, universities & associations in the U.S. and Canada.  She has spoken to over 75,000 college students in 45 states over 20 years. She has produced the Power of Laughter Yoga clubs in over 500 organizations and will start us off with some Laughter Yoga on the 14th.

Gail is author of Are You Sure You Want to Post That? and The Power of Laughter: Seven Secrets to Living and Laughing in a Stressful World.  She’ll share those seven secrets. Her books will be for sale that afternoon. Learn more at the Gail Hand website.

There is plenty of research on the benefits of humor and laughter, for body, mind and spirit. Laughter changes brain chemistry and may boost the immune system. Humor may allow a person to feel in control of a situation and make it seem more manageable. It allows people to release fears, anger, and stress, all of which can harm the body over time. Humor improves the quality of life at every age. Even without the research, we know this intuitively.

During the dark days of winter, our original plan was to have a team of Art of Aging facilitators lead everyone in a few hours of adding humor and laughter into your life. Quite frankly, our group of mostly introverts was a little concerned (but committed) about pulling this session off. Then the universe stepped in and Gail Hand contacted us. Voila, an expert coming to town. Don’t miss this! Be ready to laugh!

You’ll walk away with a handout full of resources of movies, books and other resources to turn to when you need a laugh. Please bring any favorites of your own to share.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  There is a $5 fee to attend.

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The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). Further information is available at Hoffman Center for the Arts website or by contacting Tela Skinner at


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