In march 1995,Dr.Kataria was writing a an article "Laughter is the best medicine" for a health journal. In his research,he discovered that many modern scientific studies,that described in depth,the many proven benefits of Laughter on the human mind and body. In particular, Dr.Kataria was impressed by Norman Cousin's book "Anatomy of Illness" and the research work by Dr.Lee Berk. Profoundly inspired and being a man of action, Dr.Kataria immediately decided to field test the impact of laughter himself and others. He managed to persuade four people to support him in launching a "Laughter Club"
They laughed together in the park that day to the amusement of bystanders; and the small group quickly grew to more than 50 participants. In the initial meetings,they stood in circle and told jokes or funny stories, However, after two weeks, the laughter club hit a snag.The good jokes and stories ran out, and negative,hurtful and naughty jokes started to emerge. The offended participants complained that it would be better to discontinue the club than to continue with such mean spirited jokes.
That night, Dr.Kataria reviewed his research and finally found the answer he was looking for; Our body can not differentiate between pretend and genuine laughter. Both produced the same happy chemicals in the brain. The next day,he explained this to the group, and asked them to act out laughter with him,for one minute. Amid skepticism they agreed to try.....The results were amazing. For some, the pretend laughter quickly turned into real laughter---This was contagious,and in no time others in the group followed. Soon everyone was laughing like never before without jokes or comedy. The hearty laughter that followed persisted for almost ten minutes.. This breakthrough was the birth of Laughter Yoga. Realizing that there are ways other than humor to stimulate laughter, Dr.Kataria developed a range of laughter exercises including elements of role-play and other techniques from his days as an amateur theater actor. Giving a thought to importance of childlike (Not childish) playfulness. Debunking the myths of A-You must have a sense of humor to laugh. B-You must be happy to laugh. C- You need a reason to laugh.
Still skeptical ?
Come join us at our Laughter Yoga sessions and find out for yourself. We will have you laughing in no time. NO JOKE.