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Laughter is the best medicine
Vishnu Mohan | 23 Jan 2007

Humans were designed to laugh. Laughter is nature’s stressbuster. It lifts our spirits with a happy high that makes us feel good and improves our behavior towards others.
 
Just a few generations ago happy healthy humans spent 20 minutes a day or more laughing. Now an adult’s daily laugh-time is down to 5 minutes or less in many countries. This is one of the worst aspects of modern life, according to Dr Kataria, spiritual laughter guru.
 
We all know that laughter makes us feel good. A regular 20-minute laughter session can have a profound impact on our health and wellbeing. The gentle exercise fills your lungs and body with oxygen, deep-clears your breathing passages and exercises your lungs. This is really important for people who don’t get regular aerobic exercise.
 
When we laugh our bodies release a cocktail of hormones and chemicals that have startling positive effects on our system. Stress is reduced, blood pressure drops, depression is lifted, your immune system is boosted and more. Western science is just starting to discover the great effects of laughter.
 
Eleven years ago Dr Madan Kataria, an Indian doctor and student of Yoga, was writing a paper for a medical journal titled Laughter is the best medicine.
 
Convinced of the medical benefits of laughter and Yogic breathing exercises, Dr Kataria was searching for a way to bring these benefits to modern man. In a flash of inspiration Laughter Yoga was born. Thanks to Doctor Kataria, countless people all over the world today enjoy the benefits of a daily dose of laughter practicing Laughter Yoga at laughter clubs or at their workplace.
 
Anyone can laugh without reason. Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing to give you the health benefits of a hearty laughter. Laughter exercises almost always lead to real laughter, especially when practiced in a group.
 
It will be a good idea if this concept of “laughter yoga” is introduced in schools/colleges and other educational institutions including corporate houses.  In corporate houses, human resources department will find the results astonishing as this yoga is directly linked with “motivation” aspect of an employee.