Healing power of laughter

September 4, 2007 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

madan katariaIn the concluding session of Octara’s Media & Marketing Conference at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi yesterday Dr. Madan Kataria emphasised the therapeudic power of laughter. He said that by laughing a lot and often, one is able to relieve stress, reduce Blood Pressure and feel generally good about oneself.

According to Dr. Kataria, who had flown in from Andheri in Mumbai, laughter has been proven to be a successful treatment for depression and also helps a person to deal with negative and challenging situations.

Laughter Yoga was started in Mumbai, India by Dr. Madan Kataria. He was a family doctor, who first proclaimed World Laughter Day in 1999. Since then the phenomenon of Social Laughter Clubs has exploded. Now there are 5,000 laughter clubs worldwide in public parks, offices, factories, schools, nursing homes, libraries and people’s homes. Laughter Yoga has become a new trend. Dr. Kataria and his wife Madhuri travel the world and run Yoga Laughter classes, conduct training and evangelize the healing powers of laughter.

At the session yesterday, he spoke for only 5 minutes after which all the delegates had to take part in a laughter workshop. You should have seen us – we let loose and laughed uncontrollably. I must say I felt good afterwards – relaxed, unwound. Maybe it does work!!! Kataria told us that many IT companies in Bangalore now have Laughter Rooms . I remember the Shanti Rooms we saw on our first visit to Mumbai and Bangalore. These laughter rooms must be a new phenomenon.

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