5 minutes with the sunshine project

Profile – Melissa O’Neill, Laughter Yoga Sunshine Leader with The Sunshine Project


There are so many amazing people who are insured with Salon Gold and we wanted to speak to those that have experienced incredible journeys and give you an insight into their lives. This week we speak with Laughter Yoga specialist, Melissa O’Neill, Sunshine Leader with The Sunshine Project.


Melissa O’Neill who relocated 13 years ago from Melbourne, Australia, lived all over Ireland and spent 2 years in the Middle East.  She currently resides just outside Belfast with her hubby.

I’m responsible for…

Setting up local Sunshine Laughter Clubs and spreading the word about Laughter Yoga especially in the business world. So more wellness and happiness at work is the way forward I say!

What helped me get the job…

I actually Googled “Jobs that make you happy” and Laughter Yoga came up in the search. Hooray! After becoming a certified Laughter Yoga Leader, I now collaborate with a fabulous likeminded group at The Sunshine Project, sharing Laughter Yoga, transforming lives through laughter and happiness practices.

My typical day as a laughter yoga teacher at the Sunshine Project…

At the moment I am searching for the perfect locations, studios, community halls for my Sunshine Laughter Clubs. Also, I have online meetings with the Sunshine Team as we are spread all over Northern Ireland. Attending workshops about running my own business, finance and taxation, successful social media marketing and Mail Chimp workshops, just to name a few and also trying to get a handle on Twitter networking hours! Reaching out to local business as corporate wellness is something I am super passionate about!

The best/worst parts of my job are…

I get to laugh for a living! Seriously though, sharing laughter is amazing and knowing how much difference more laughter and more joy can make in someone’s life is brilliant. Especially when I know how much difference it made in my life. Since I love my job as a Laughter Yoga Leader so much, I have not found the worst part yet!

In my down time, I like to…

Keep it simple.  Home cooking, movie dates with Hubby and enjoying Lough Shore Park with my walking buddy.  I also like to stay in touch with international friends and family.

My plan B is…

This is my plan B! I have had a very successful career in the luxury Spa and Hospitality industry for the past 20 years – now working for myself and laughing for a living…it’s just brilliant!

Holistic Gold provides insurance for yoga laughter teachers. See further information on insurance for yoga teachers.

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