Those accustomed to bird calls around the Tamar Island wetlands may have heard waves of a different sound on Saturday: laughter.
On the weathered deck of the iconic wetland centre, groups of young and old took took inspiration from their surroundings and forced themselves into rolling laughter - starting with smiles before working into a chorus of villainous cackles.
"It's actually a technique we can use to make ourselves feel good," event co-ordinator Tracey-Ann Hooley said, noting research that shows even pretending to laugh can have positive benefits.
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On the back of mental health day last week, the free laughter workshops - along with yoga on the deck and guided nature walks - were held as an event to draw people into nature to improve their well-being.
"What better area ... to relax and zone out," said Sophie King, the centre's business enterprise co-ordinator.
The event forms part of a collaboration between the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and Healthy Tasmania, which host monthly outdoor activities.
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