A Story of Reinvention, Persistence & Laughter

(JAMESBURG, NJ) In 2010, Noreen Braman—who had already reinvented herself in 1997 after a contentious divorce—was reeling from a corporate downsizing, dealing with a economic recession of historic proportions, and facing her own midlife issues. Soon her skills as a strategic communications professional, humorist and performer would send 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 Humor Save the World” and studied the Psychology of Laughter (Here's an article by the teacher of that course) at Rutgers University. In 2012 she added certification in Laughter Wellness, studied the Science of Happiness through  UC Berkeley in 2016, joined the Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor (AATH) and has been presenting laughter for the health of it through her Smile Side of Life Laughter & Happiness Club presentations ever since. She continues to add to her knowledge base through continuing education and certifications, workshops, conferences and seminars.



Noreen credits Dr. Paul McGhee’s book “Humor as Survival Training for a Stressed Out World" as well as Linda Richman's "I'd Rather Laugh: How to Be Happy Even if Life has Other Plans for You," for helping her understand the importance of humor and laughter to all humans. With the physical and emotional health benefits that come with humor, laughter and mindfulness, Noreen deals with her fibromyalgia and thyroid disease with humor, reminding us all that yesterday’s problem can be today’s funny story.



Smile Side of Life Laughter & Happiness Club MIssion
smiley Mission smiley
Enhancing well being by sharing laughter, mindfulness,
and other practices for the health of it.
cool Vision cool
A world in which well being practices are a daily part of
improved health and happiness.


updated January 2020


Noreen Braman guides organizations and individuals to
The Smile Side of Life
with educational and active participation presentations
on laughing for the health of it,
the importance of humor, mindfulness,
personal mission & vision, and other well being topics

Noreen is a Strategic Communications professional and author of “Treading Water,” a collection of her humor columns and essays. A member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH), Noreen added the practice of Laughter Yoga to her life in 2010, additional training in Laughter Wellness in 2012, and helps others learn how to “laugh for no reason” for the health of it through her Smile Side of Life Laughter & Happiness Club presentations and special events. She has studied The Science of Happiness through UC Berkely's Greater Good Center, and is working toward additional certification in the Psychology of Happiness as well as cartification as a Life Purpose Quest Facilitator. She was featured on EBTV3’s Wellness Spotlight, and attended AATH’s conference in Philadelphia, “Staying Alive: Keeping Your Brain Healthy & Active With Humor” thanks to a Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)-funded Stellar Volunteer Scholarship from the AATH.



Noreen was a speaker at the Paint the Mall Purple event at Freehold Mall, The Recovery 360 Conference, the Hispanic National Bar Association Convention, NJAJ's Boardwalk Seminar, and was the Keynote Speaker for the Society of Emotional Intelligence's 9th Annual Conference in Orlando. She has presented well being topics and laughter for the health of it to lawyers, law firms and bar associations, professional mediators, technology employees, dentists, banking professionals, caregivers, cancer survivors, seniors, children and more! In Janaury 2020 she will be teaching  "Laughter for Physical and Psychological Well Being" at the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at Rutgers University, and will be a keynote presenter for Brookdale Community College's Women's Conference in April 2020.


The Smile Side of Life Laughter and Happiness Club table at the Paint the Mall Purple event in May 2018.



The Center for Great Expectations, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators,

Sunnybrook Assisted Living, Hispanic National Bar Association, CFC Loud & Clear Foundation,

NJLAP's Networkers Withou Borders, Raritan Police Department, NJ Public Defenders,

Morristown Hospital Women's Group, Mercer County Bar Association,

New Jersey Association for Justice, Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, The Society for Emotional Intelligence