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Vision and mission

"If at first, the idea is not absurd, there's no hope for it."
                                                                                      -  Albert Einstein

 

 
I Have a Dream is the title of Martin Luther King's most famous speech, which he delivered at the culmination of his 1963 March on Washington.  As US Congressman John Lewis, who also spoke that day as head of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, said: "By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations." [2]

Who would have thought then that 45 years later, Barack Obama would become the first African-American President of the United States?

I also have a dream for a better world, which I first shared publicly in November 2009 at the Ottawa "3-I" Summit - Imagine/Interact/Inspire, when I was asked to outline my vision for Ottawa in 2049.

Sophie's Vision

Laughter Capital is the embodiment of my vision for Canada's Capital; to make Ottawa not only the National Capital and Capital of Seriousness, but also the Capital of Laughter!

I envision Ottawa as a place where all leaders, professionals, politicians, and workers feel free, able, and keen to speak their heart and mind; a place where business people can promote a positive work environment of hope, optimism, and enthusiasm; a place where leaders can help foster a happy, healthy, and energetic workforce.

Sophie's Mission

"There is a time to be serious, of course. But too much sobriety can be bad for a career and worse for general well-being."
                                                                                                              - Daniel Pink 

My mission is to help leaders, professionals, and politicians to make Ottawa a better place to work – a place where we will continue working hard – with a welcome twist;  laughing more to work better!  I want Ottawa to start laughing for excellence and for optimal physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. I want the people of Ottawa to learn how they too can increase their laughter capital and reap the wonderful dividends of Laughter for no Reason right now!

It took a little more than 40 years to make Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream a reality.  Let's start Spreading Joy One Laugh at a Time, right now to make Ottawa the Laughter Capital.

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Sophie has a youthful energy full of life and fun. Her teaching style is playful and she helps to bring out the child within; her laughter is infectious. She ...
"Laughter yoga was an incredible experience that truly brought out happiness in a stress-free environment. It's a great mind opener and a great exercise ...
A rallying workshop for the personnel!   Relaxes the atmosphere and allows us to laugh at ourselves! Enthusiastic, lively, warm le...
Laughing ... is fun! Yes indeed! Despite all my skepticism, I decided to go out on a great laughter adventure… ha, ha, ha… that is, on Parlia...
I wanted to let you know how much of a success your presentation was with those who attended the event. After each session, attendees are sent an online su...
International Laughter Day Celebration, Parliament Hill, Ottawa On a beautiful, sunny Sunday we assembled on Parliament Hill for a rather unusual activity; a...
It was absolutely astounding! I did not expect that at all… It’s one of the best stress management techniques I have ever tried. On top of the be...
Back in Toronto for a week, after a week-end of certification training with you to become a Laughter Yoga leader, I am still high. Sophie, I feel as revived...
Sophie's energy and passion for her work is very contagious. The ladies who attended her classes at the Ultimate Girls Getaway, at the Fairmont Tremblant, had...
It was absolutely astounding! I did not expect that at all. It’s one of the best stress management techniques I have ever tried. On top of the beneficia...
"I found laughter yoga to be a great pick-me-up. It woke me up and got my day started. I would definitely do it again."...
At work, we have an employee well being committee. This committee had invited Sophie to teach us a short laughter yoga class. It was a real eye-opener for me!...
Coach Sophie Terrasse engaged Barrhaven Toastmasters in a twenty minute Laughter Yoga Icebreaker. Club members experienced firsthand the benefits this workout...
Before the session started, I told my friend that I had no expectation of good or bad and just to keep an open mind and enjoy the new experience that I was ab...
Sophie was born to lead Laughter Yoga. She glows like a 1000 bulb when she teaches. You leave her workshop refreshed, relaxed, and buoyant. It’s TRUE JO...
Thank you of conducting the Laughter Yoga session for multicultural seniors group at Ottawa Community Immigrant Seniors Organization on August 9th, 2010. I...
I discovered this approach during a day dedicated to employees at Statistics Canada and I really liked it from the start. After this first experience, I c...
Sophie, I just wanted to thank you for sharing Laughter Yoga with the children in our child care centre. As you will remember, your first visit was a grea...
I have done laughter yoga before. With Sophie it was a much more personal experience and I found that I felt more connected with my inner self. “...
Last December 7, on the occasion of the  RGA's Holiday dinner, the business people in attendance all participated in the exercise proposed by the friendl...
I enjoyed your workshop! I was tired from all the workouts and not enough sleep and it brought energy back! You are the perfect personality to lead this works...
I loved it!  I had fun!  I have already given your information to some clients...
Every third Tuesday of the month, Mood Disorders Ottawa invites a guest speaker to make a presentation to members and the general public. The topics are usual...
"I have to admit, at first I was a bit skeptical. However, the experience of Laughter Yoga with Sophie was amazing! It made me feel amazing and was very ...
This was one of the best workshops I've ever experienced. The ICF would benefit greatly from having Sophie present/facilitate in front of th...
I couldn’t imagine that it was possible for me to laugh for no reason at all, or that such an activity would be so beneficial; however, Sophie has that ...
That was the most fun I have had in a while! I feel lighter, younger, and happy! I am hooked!! I had a wonderful time; very enjoyable and such...
After my Laughter Yoga session, I found I was less judgmental and critical - I had an increased acceptance of everything it seemed. I was also able to remain ...
Tired and laughing about it! Thanks to Sophie Terrasse for the wonderful Laughter Yoga experience! Our Social Club is grateful for the impact it had on p...
I am a workaholic yogini, so relaxing can be an effort for me! I thought the Laughter Yoga would be fun and within reason. Well... it surpassed my expectation...
We really appreciated the session that you gave during our retreat in la Diversité. The comments that I've heard were all very positive. It’s a v...
Sophie is a very dynamic person with an incredible smile. She succeeded in a few minutes in getting all the people in our Toastmasters group to realize the ...
I laughed so much today - boy did I laugh! I left your workshop with wings on my back and a light in my eyes. Thank you very much Sophie. I hope to put to goo...
In theatre, it's so important that actors build energy and overcome nervousness before any performance. Laughter Yoga was a true success in this regard, but i...
Sophie Terrasse is an exceptional artist and peace maker. She is an expert in conveying Laughter Yoga to a variety of audiences, as she integrates the themes ...
After reading positive reviews about laughter yoga, I  thought I would give it a try on my grade 12 girls and boys fitness classes. We were wrapping up a...
Sophie is a natural Laughter Leader whose enthusiasm and energy is contagious! Her radiant smile and laughter fill up the room and put everyone in the mood fo...
Wow! Thank you for your valuable contribution to the 3i Summit. The imaginations, interactions, and inspirations from our energetic two days will stay with ea...
A group of about 30 employees met on a Friday at noon, to learn what laughter yoga was all about. Sophie did not allow us to stay very long at our seats. She ...
Thank you Sophie for bringing such sparkle and freshness to this conference. ...
The workshop proved quite beneficial for our team of new comers to laughter yoga.  No one left the experience indifferent.  Some participants loved ...
Just a note to thank you for the short Laughter Yoga session you led at the meeting for all the personnel of my division. The session has well attained its ...
As a writer, I am always searching for new ways to stay creatively productive. Laughter yoga opens my creativity to new heights and improves my overall outl...
I take this opportunity, regarding your presence in my Alternative Intervention in Social Service class, to convey to you a few comments which were sparked by...
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The CTV OTTAWA Management team recently scheduled a Laughter Yoga session as a different and offbeat teambuilding exercise. Everyone who participated thorou...
Oh, what a discovery, this laugher yoga. I arrived at the workshop having trouble to breathe because of a severe allergy reaction. I let Ms Terrasse know that...
CHEO - Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre The parents from the Retreat in April really appreciated the time that you took with them.  Some of the comm...
I felt really good doing the Laughter workshop and afterward. Sophie, you are an amazing leader and such a perfect fit for it. What a gift to you and to us wh...
As a writer, I am always searching for new ways to stay productive, and Laughter Yoga opens my creativity to new heights. In fact, I am now expressing my crea...
The laughter yoga class demo was great!...
Thank you for your comprehensive presentation to our staff at the TriCounty Addiction Services, on 1 May 2009, about the work of Dr. Madan Kataria, laughter c...
I joined Sophie's laughter class at a weekend getaway and was delighted with the amount of fun that I had, the workout that I got, AND the fact that I was so ...
I have attended Sophie’s Laughter Yoga class on several occasions as part of the Ultimate Girls Getaway weekend. Aside from it being an exciting, uplift...
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