Trevor was recently interviewed on Mornings With Maia, a podcast focused on heartfelt and sometimes hilarious discussions.
Trevor Smith [class of] ’93 really wants to make you laugh. Giggles, chuckles, and guffaws; real physical laughs that involve your whole body.
Smith isn’t a comedian—he doesn’t even tell jokes—he’s a laughter therapist.
“Basically I do programs and workshops and I focus upon using laughter and humor as a way to improve people’s health; a series of laughter based activities and games. It’s really a community-building program and that’s how I look at it as a way to connect with people.”
NORTHAMPTON - When Trevor Smith laughs, his light blue eyes come alive, and his whole body is involved in the fun. He leans back or slaps a thigh.
Watching him laugh is infectious. It makes you want to laugh, too, and for Smith, the owner of Laugh For No Reason in Springfield, that’s good for business.
In Smith’s bag of tricks are dozens of hats that look like hamburgers or birthday cakes, as well as bubbles that people can blow, but what he does is not about comedy, and it’s not necessarily about improv, although that is involved. Laugh For No Reason is all about improving relationships, improving morale within companies and improving health.
Trevor Smith says laughter programs are on the cutting edge of health and wellness research.
Trevor Smith loves to laugh. And although some might find it funny, he gets paid to do so via therapeutic laughter programs titled Laugh for No Reason. In doing so, he promotes good feelings and a sense of community by giving people a time out to laugh — along with permission to be silly.
Although the idea may sound preposterous, the certified ‘laughter leader’ says adults have a difficult time laughing. “As a society, we have forgotten how to laugh. On average, children laugh 400 times a day, but adults laugh only 15 times a day,” he said. “We live in a very stressful society, so therapeutic laughter is a tool people can use in their everyday lives to make it healthier and more productive.”