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Healthy Happy Start Newsletter

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
~ Chinese proverb ~

In this issue ...


Earth Month Issue





Rick & Cathy hanging out
photo: Ron Clifford



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Laugh Club

Join us for some laughs.




Why can't pirates say the whole alphabet?

They can't get past RRRRRRRR.






Natural Wonders

"Every day, a 40 foot tree takes in 50 gallons of dissolved nutrients from the soil, raises this mixture to its topmost leaves, converts it into 10 pounds of carbohydrates and releases about 60 cubic feet of pure oxygen into the air."
David Attenborough





This streaking little fellow is known as the Naked Man Orchid.

Orchis italica, commonly known as the Naked Man Orchid is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean. It may get its common name from the lower lip of each flower which mimics the shape of a naked man.

The Naked Man can reach up to 20 inches.

It is believed that the consumption of the plant is conducive to virility. O.italica grows grows in large clusters and can reach 20 inches tall. (Wikipedia)





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Long lost friend found after 41,000 years

Yes you read that right. 41,000 years. While looking for microbes in ancient siberian permafrost, A team of biologists from the University of Tennessee were surprised to find an ancient survivor wiggling hello.

Scientist melted ancient ice and a Long-Dead worm wriggled out.

"Last year, Vishnivetskaya’s team announced an 'accidental finding' one with a brain and nervous system, that shattered scientists’ understanding of extreme endurance. Hulking among the puny bacteria and amoebae were long, segmented worms complete with a head at one end and anus at the other — nematodes."

"This very worm dwelled in the soil beneath Neanderthals’ feet and had lived to meet modern-day humans"

The worms enter a state of suspended animation called the dauer stage. This is a phase where they forestall feeding and grow a protective coating that shields them from extreme environmental conditions.





What do you call the worms in Mozart's grave?






Featured Video:

What To Do With Your Bills

In life often it is the simple things that bring the most joy.

I think we have the next generation Laughter Yoga ambassator here.

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Is coffee important to you? Discover the gourmet coffee that is not only delicious but is actually good for you!
Organo Gold, try it for one week and see how good you can feel.

Join us for the 7 day challenge.
Try our healthy, Ganoderma infused coffee or tea exclusively for 1 week and see how great it makes you feel. Contact us to learn about the Organo Gold 7-day coffee challenge.






Bowls made of used toilet paper!

Is this the perfect gift for that "Special" person on your list?

Dutch water management centers have created a sanitary process that recovers raw materials from wastewater to turn it into fresh, new products!

Toilet paper cellulose was collected from sewers and transformed into a collection of handmade decorative bowls.

180,000 trees are cut down every year in the Netherlands to make toilet paper! This process could save trees and paper that otherwise would be flushed.









Sprouting Beans

Are you ready for a new sprouting taste sensation? Try out the newest sprouting beans & seeds.

Broccoli or Bok Choy? How about Fenugreek, Chickpea or Blue (French) Lentils. And of course Mung beans will always be available.

A full list of all the sprouting beans & seeds currently available at









Urban Sprawl Gone Wild

Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas. A world record 26 lanes wide.






Do you ship? Do you want to pay less? We have been using Flagship to book couriers for over 3 years now. We have found it easier, cheaper on more reliable to use Flagship to book shipments.

Use this link
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World Laughter Day

May 2, 2021

World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, raises awareness of laughter and the many physical and mental benefits laughter provides.

Participation in World Laughter Day is a way to help build a global consciousness through laughter.

Celebrated alone or in a groups the purpose of this day is to get as many people as possible to laugh.

Laughter Yoga's popularity has grown exponentially with thousands of Laughter Clubs registered in more than 105 countries.












Thank you to the Toronto Star for featuring our Living Composter in their April 20, 2021 issue.

This Earth Day, find simple ways to help

It's the daily habits we each cultivate that can protect the environment





Laughing Budda





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In this issue:

In honour of Mother Earth:

A Tribute to Trees

"Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish."
Munia Khan

How Big?
How Tall?
How old?

Discover more follow this link.

An entirely unscientific study

I noticed something funny in that last order.

Is there a connection between colour preference and location?

Do you like bright colours or perhaps a sleak black? Where you live might influence your decision.

Inquiring minds want to know.

What is Gelotology?

Gelotology: (from the Greek gelos) is the study of laughter and its effects on the body.

First studied by psychiatrists and doctors in antiquity, different Laughter Therapies have developed over the years.

Find out more about Laughter Therapy



The Real-World Giants

Meet the General.


General Sherman is the world's largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and has a girth of over 60 feet (18 m) at the base. With an estimated mass of over 2,105 tons this tree demands respect.

Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet (5.3 m) in diameter.

The world's largest
tree by volume.

Patriarch of the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare, California, The General is estimated to be around 2,300 to 2,700 years old.


Look up ... Look way up

This stand-out speciman is know as Hyperion.

Hyperion, measuring in at 115.61 m (379.3 ft) ranks it as the world's tallest known living tree.

HYPERION was the Titan god of heavenly light and the father of Eos the Dawn, Helios the Sun, and Selene the Moon.

The exact location of the tree has been kept secret for fear that human traffic would upset the ecosystem the tree inhabits. The tree is estimated to be roughly 700–800 years old.

Hidden in the mountains of California, lie some of the oldest known species of the Great Basin bristlecone pine. One member of this species, noted to be 5066 years old, is considered the oldest known living organism on Earth.

Dating from the Bronze Age, this tree was alive while Stonehenge was under construction




The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine
The Maple Leaf forever!

This bushy beauty may not stand up to her giant cousins from California but she sure is a giant by historic standards.

This former resident of Laing Street in Toronto is said to have been the inspiration for the song The Maple Leaf Forever, written by Alexander Muir in 1867. The Maple Leaf Forever was once know as Canada’s alternative national anthem.

On July 19th 2013, during a "severe weather event", the tree came down amidst a deluge of rain and lightning.

In an effort to commemorate the tree and preserve some history, The City of Toronto saved the wood from this beloved tree and petitioned local Heritage groups and Art organizations to come up with projects to commemorate this special tree.

So far, some 75 projects have been confirmed. It’s hoped that, by the time all the wood is distributed, some 150 projects in total will turn out over 5,000 individual items.




Upcoming Events



















Online Event: Weekly Zoom Laughter with Cathy
All are Welcome

Date: Every Tuesday (9:30 - 10:00 am) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Sponsor: Cathy's Club
Location: Online event
Details: Do you need a good laugh? Or are you Laughter Curious? Cathy Nesbitt is inviting you to a scheduled weekly Zoom meeting:
Topic: My Laughter Meeting
Every Tuesday 9:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

A Free & Fun event.

'COOL SHIT' MASTERCLASS ~ Saving The World 1 Worm At A Time!
Date: April 22, 2021
Sponsor: The Awesomeness Academy
Location: Online: Members only
Details: Join your fellow lifelong learners and enjoy every fun, unique and interactive 'Cool Shit' Masterclass. Led by hand-picked experts excited to share the 'Cool Shit' that lights them up! Vermicomposting, or worm composting, is an excellent way to convert household garbage into nutrient rich fertilizer. Composting with special composting worms is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to save tonnes of waste from going to landfill.
Note: This is a 1 hour members only Masterclass.

The Mental Health Summit for Entrepreneurs
Date: April 29, 2021
Sponsor: The David Cohen Group
Location: Online - Registration link to follow
Details: Because sometimes it's really challenging. 4 Speakers plus a Town Hall Event Open Forum. Every Thursday from April 15th to May 10.
April 15: Erick Hellman
April 22: Diana Lockett
April 29: Cathy Nesbitt
May 6: Emmy Rousseau
May 10: Town Hall Interactive Discussion
Cost: Donation to Kids Help Phone Foundation.

Sisterhood Circle with Cathy Nesbitt
Date: May 4, 2021
Sponsor: The Awesomeness Academy
Location: Online: Members only
Details: "It is always easier and more fun to laugh in a group and this is why Zoom Laughter works so well. A screen full of happy smiling faces is the restorative tonic we can all use at a time like this." ~ Cathy
Note: This is a 1 hour members only Masterclass.

From Garden to Plate - Zoom Gardening Panel at Aurora Public Library
Date: May 6, 2021
Location: Online - Aurora Public Library
Details: COVID has really brought awareness to the importance of food security, as well as heightening the enjoyment of eating fresh veggies from the garden. With that in mind, Aurora Public Library has invited Cathy to be on a panel (with Q&A) on gardening.

Laughter Yoga Training: Laughter Leader Training
Date: May 8 & 15, 2021
Sponsor: Cathy's Club & Sylvie Dagenais-Douville
Location: Online - Find out more
Details: Get deep into the laughter. Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and help spread laughter in social laughter clubs, yoga & fitness studios, schools, healthcare/senior care facilities, home and the workplace.
This course is ideal for individuals who want to bring more laughter into their lives and into the lives of others. Expand your skill set while becoming a happier and healthier person.
The course is also suitable for companies, institutions and organizations wishing to train groups or teams within the organization.

The Simplicity of Sprouts
Date: June 21, 2021
Sponsor: Elmira & District Horticultural Society
Location: Online
Details: Sprouts are considered nature's superfood. Learn how to grow sprouts in 24-48 hours. Adding sprouts to your life adds life to your life.

Organic Magic with Worms
Date: August 23, 2021
Sponsor: Lake Simcoe Gardeners
Location: Online - Link to follow
Details: Join Cathy and learn all about worms and vermicomposting. Worms are going to play an ever-increasing role in waste management, soil production and therefore food security. Feed the soil, not the plant. Discover how worms convert organic matter into nature's finest soil amendment, known as castings. See vermicomposting from set-up to harvest. This free program will be conducted online via Zoom. Details to follow.

For a full listing and directions to all events please visit our website.



So we put this on Facebook

Curious observation about colour preference. We sell the Canadian made Living Composter. It is super cute, doubles as a stool and comes in four delightful colours. Green, Grey, Plum, Black.

In Ontario colour choice is split between green and grey for most popular - some plum and black.

We recently sent a pallet of Living Composters to New Brunswick 44 of them. Most (39) Green, 3 Black, 2 Plum, 0 Grey.

Does where you live influence your colour choice?
What is your preference and where are you located?

Ha ha ha - I am conducting an unscientific poll.

The results so far ...

Do you want to make your voice heard? Simply respond to this
email-newsletter and let us know your colour preference and what province/state you live in.



Ladies and Gentlemen, Introducing the Laughter Leader Training Graduating class of February 2021.

Congratulations to Lisa, Janet, Olivia and Bryan who all successfully completed the Laughter Leader Training online. Covid-19 may have thrown a wrench into the works but the laughter community carries on.


Next Laughter Leader Training:
May 8 & 15, 2021

Check out our flyer:




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In the News


  • Barrie Public Library:
    Gardening Buzz

    Indoor Vermicomposting: Brown gold for your garden with Cathy's Crawly Compostersa. Get inspired to have the best garden ever.
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  • Expert's Cafe
    Interview with Cathy Nesbitt

    Cathy Nesbitt is a Worm Advocate and Founder of Cathy's Crawly Composters. Her environmental business specializes in vermicomposting (indoor composting with worms) and organic diversion. At Role Model Maker, we are passionate about optimizing humanity’s potential. We believe in leading by example. We aim to help create future Role Models by being good role models ourselves, for them, today.
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  • A Healthier You "Little by Little"
    Cindy Little will cover a range of current health issues from stubborn weight loss, lack of energy, lack of sleep to motivation and accountability tips.
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  • Complacency Learning:
    Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy's Crawly Composters

    Would you like to laugh everyday of your life and forget the negative energy? Great! Stay tuned as Cathy Nesbitt (Cathy Crawly Laughing Bean Queen) the Worm Advocate, Sprout Grower, Laughter Yoga Teacher and Multi-award-winning Entrepreneur from Toronto, Canada shares with us how daily laughing oxygenates is and how to keep the planet safe.
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  • Positive Sparkplug - Cathy Nesbitt:
    Worms & Laughter

    Get ready to laugh your way through this episode as Cathy shares her journey of creating Cathy crawly laughing bean queen. Cathy's story is not one of the traditional path.
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  • B.U. Network:
    Simple solutions for today’s challenges.

    Vermicomposting is a great way to make the world’s best soil. Sprouts are considered nature’s superfood. Discover the magic of laughing for no reason. Cathy Nesbitt, Worm Advocate & Founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters
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  • The Courage Wolf:"
    Laughing Bean Queen
    I created The Courage Wolf podcast to bring stories of courage and inspiration to people who are living with fear, to inspire them to take that first step forward to being courageous themselves so that they can create their ideal life!
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  • Talks on the Wild Side:
    Cathy Nesbitt - Worm Advocate

    Worm composting, Sprout growing, Laughter Ambassador. I love hearing people’s stories. My guests on Talks on the Wild Side bring their inspiring stories to life. My dream is to learn 1 thing about 1,000,000 people.
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  • The Link:
    Where we connect

    In this latest episode we have discussed about global warming, specifically worms, with Cathy Nesbitt. She's an environmental innovator, on a mission to put worms in every living space! Learn more about sustainable life & how impactful worms can be toward environment. We also discuss yoga laughter. Have you heard of it?! Learn more in this interesting episode!
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  • Palcare
    Laughter Yoga Course

    Looking After Your Health and Wellbeing. Laughter is the best medicine; Cathy Nesbitt leads this 20 minute laughter yoga session, brining joy into your life and those around you. This project funded by the Central LHIN is to support all Staff and Volunteers of the Central LHIN. We believe strongly in supporting staff and volunteers in their personal wellbeing and providing them with tools and strategies to support their mental health during this pandemic.
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  • ConnectAbility Shared Learning Forum :
    Laughter Yoga

    Join Cathy Nesbitt while she leads a Laughter Yoga session. Laughter has profound benefits that can exercise our entire system which will increase one’s overall feeling of wellbeing while decreasing feelings of stress. Cathy shares her energy, passion, generosity and vast professional experience to help you take advantage of the natural health benefits of laughter yoga.
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  • Life Passion and Business ~ Cathy Nesbitt:
    Worms and Vermicomposting

    Today’s guest is Cathy Nesbitt who has has been a vermiculture champion for over 20 years (that’s worm composting to you and me). Being ‘a lady of a certain age’ her working life started with few options: Teacher, Nurse or Secretary. She chose the latter, and had a 20-year career as secretary and PA working for some prestigious companies. Whilst this work was fine, it was not her passion.
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  • Worms and Vermicomposting:
    Q&A with Cathy

    Feed the soil, not the plant. This is a the Q&A discussion following Cathy's pre-recorded video. This session was recorded as part of Halton Garden Week on February 20, 2021 at 2pm. Host: Helen Stephenson, Community Garden Coordinator, Halton Food. Speaker: Cathy Nesbitt, Cathy's Crawly Composters
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  • Live more with Kerri:
    How Sprouts, Laughter, and Worms Can Change Your Life
    Today I chat with Cathy Nesbitt about her mission to have worms in every household, how sprouts can become part of your health plan, and how daily laughter can change your life! Her working title is Cathy Crawly Laughing Bean Queen. She offers simple solutions for some of today's challenges. Worms for amending the soil, sprouts for eating, and laughter for overall health and wellness.
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The study of humour and laughter, and its effects, both psychological and physiological on the human body. From the Greek gelos, geloto meaning laugh, laughter, laughing.

Gelotology looks at Laughter and the psychological and physiological effects on the body. From this study different therapies and programs have been developed to help our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Some doctors in antiquity started using laughter as a form of medicine. It was thought that laughter had analgesic properties that helped with pain. One early study showed that laughter could help patients with atopic dermatitis. Other showed that laughter can help alleviate stress, pain and cardiopulmonary restoration.

Laughter Therapies

Humour and Laughter Therapy

Humour and Laughter Therapy use a supply of humourous materials such as books, shows, movies or stories to encourage paitients to discuss their own humourous experiences. This results in a carthartic experience and a positive mental state.

Hospitals often make use of humour and Laughter Therapy employing clowns in the children's ward to cheer up sick children. Many nurses that have learned the value of providing a good laugh now have humour carts that provide funny materials for people of any age.

humour and Laughter Therapy can be practices individually or in a group setting facilitated by a clinician or counsellor. Commonly used as a treatment for long-term (chronic) diseases, this therapy is especially helpful for diseases that are made worse with stress (such as heart disease and asthma).

Laughter Meditation

Laughter Meditation has similarities to traditional meditation. The resulting release of euphoric brain chemicals leaves the practitioner in an elevated state. This “natural high” allows you to regulate your emotions better and overcome distressing situations.

With Laughter Meditation a person can use laughter to lazer focus on the moment. Through a three-stage process of stretching, intentional laughing and a period of meditative silence, Laughter meditation puts your body in a peaceful Zen state. It is practices both individually and in group settings.

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga takes advantage of the breathing exercises of traditional yoga. It also incorporates some light stretching techniques along with laughter. The format includes several different laughter exercises for a period of 30 to 45 minutes facilitated by a trained laughter leader. It can be used as supplemental or preventative therapy and has been shown to be effective in a number of different environments such as long term care and assisted living.

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