Healing Headbands Project is a nonprofit organization based in Sea Cliff, New York. Our purpose is to inspire others to develop a healing mindset by integrating laughter with art. Our core program helps healing communities realize their full potential through laughter exercises that awaken the creative mind. We then encourage those participating to express themselves and capture the moment through painting. The artwork is custom printed on special soft UV protected fabric, made into headbands and then delivered with 100% love. Our goal is to build a foundation of joy as a whole consciousness and express to others that through this creation process we hold the power to heal. Wearing a Healing Headband is a daily reminder that happiness is a state of mind.

Over the past year, we have reached several communities with the Healing Headbands Project and have received a growing number of requests to integrate the project into schools, hospitals and organizations. We are ready to make this happen and to scale our work to a larger audience. We will train hundreds of young leaders that embody the ethos of our mission to share our world healing project.

Barbara Grapstein

Barbara Grapstein is the founder and CEO of Healing Headbands Project Inc. As a Global Laughter Ambassador, Certified Laughter Leader and Laughter Yoga Instructor, Barbara's passion is her never ending devotion to helping others through philanthropy complemented by her entrepreneurial spirit. Barbara is actively involved with several organizations including the Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor(AATH), Steve Wilson's World Laughter Tour and Comedy Cures. Barbara is a featured guest on WCWP 88.1 N-Joy show and is well traveled.

Barbara has had the privilege of engaging with many influencers and leaders in the field including the "Guru of India", Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga. Barbara is a corporate consultant for holistic health, stress management and serves to help children and families living with cancer. The program currently runs in child life centers, universities and hospitals in the North East.


Joanie Accolla

Joanie Accolla is the Co‑Founder and creative director for Healing Headbands Project.  

Joanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a major in Interior Design from New York Institute of Technology, 1992, Associate Degree in Exhibition Design from Fashion Institute of Technology, 1988, and has recently been certified as a Laughter Leader (CLL) through Steve Wilson's World Laughter Tour. Accolla currently teaches design at New York Institute of Technology and is a resident of Sea Cliff, New York along with her two teenage children.