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Laugh: It’s Healing

Dr. Hiren Patel, my dentist at Regal Oaks Dental Office, Charlotte, NC, told me about how the elders met to laugh in the park in his village in India. This idea intrigued me. Laughter has healed people from sickness and disease as noted in “The Secret” movie and other places. Laugh along with the recording of my laughter.

I did research about the laughing places in India. This idea was started by a medical doctor, Madan Kataria in 1995. He calls them “Laughing Clubs of India.” He started with only three people in his village. Then the numbers grew. Laughter helps when you do it from 10 minutes to 40 minutes a day. He has done workshops in villages, schools, companies, and prisons. There are “Laughing Clubs” in America and about 60 other countries, too. Here is a video clip where John Cleese Visits “Laughing Club” in India in 2008: http://boingboing.net/2008/04/28/john-cleese-visits-l.html. Dr. Kataria also developed “Laughter Yoga” with his wife, Madhuri, who is a yoga teacher. Here is a CNN Report on “Laughter Yoga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eB3ISAYE-I/.

Laughter creates endorphins that heal the body. It lessens tension. It lowers blood pressure. It gets rid of depression. It helps you see a new prospective on life. So why not laugh. Children laugh easily and often. Something happens when the pressures and responsibilities of being an adult hit. Many adults are too tense to laugh. I hate it when I can’t laugh at experiences I’ve had. Put a positive spin on things and laugh about it. Accept things as they are. Friendship Quotes.com quoted Bob Newhart: “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.”

You and I need a place and time to laugh each day. In Song of the South, Br’er Rabbit loves his laughing place. To watch a clip from the movie with this song in it, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjFd3ekLXVI/. Collect your favorite movies that make you laugh. Get together humorous books that make you laugh.

I love the song from Mary Poppins movie by Disney, “I love to laugh.” It makes me laugh. It makes you laugh when you hear other people laugh or when you see other people laugh. Laughter is contagious. Go ahead. Laugh.

Below are resources with more information and help to get you to laugh:
My Hero.com: Dr. Madan Kataria by Wendy Jewell (2006)
Rediff.com/News: For Laughing Out Loud by Aseem Chhabra (2001)
Karma Tube.com: Be the Change: The Laughter Clubs of India (2005)
Hinduonnet.com: Laugh and be well by Kausalya Santhanam
The Eureka Network.com: Laughter Is Good for the Soul by Sue Heldenbrand, CHTP (2009)
Brainy Quotes: Laughter Quotes
Just Laughter.com: Laughter CD $15.00 and free articles about laughter

Webpages with Sounds of Laughter:
Archive.com: Vincent Price laughing
Pacdv.com: Sounds of Laughter
Partners in Rhyme.com: Sounds of Laughter
joanyedwards.com: Joan’s Laughter – mp3

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Laugh Often,
Joan Y. Edwards



4 Responses

  1. Hi Joan,

    I love the story of the origin of laughing clubs. How cool that your dentist shared that with you. I know you must have enjoyed researching it further.

    People often get stressed during the holidays. Thanks for the reminder to laugh.

    Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!

    Linda A.


  2. and it’s fun too! Grab some kids, go to a park, listen to them talk and laugh…it’s contagious!


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