Sunday, February 24, 2008

Radical Laughter

A few days ago, I watched a video called The Laughing Club of India. The film tells the story of an Indian doctor named Madan Kararia, who was researching the health benefits of laughter when he decided to start a club to help people laugh. Every morning, he would gather a group together in a public place to laugh for 40 minutes. His club quickly became enormously popular and the idea spread; now there are over 5,000 laughter clubs in 50 countries. The meetings start with fake laughing, without much to actually laugh about, but soon the laughter becomes real—because laughter truly is infectious.

According to, people across the globe are laughing a lot less than they used to. “Just a few generations ago happy healthy humans spent 20 minutes a day or more in laughter. Now adult daily laugh time is down to 5 minutes or less in many countries,” says the site. This is unfortunate, because numerous studies show that laughing boosts the immune system, improves circulation, decreases blood pressure and heals many ailments. And amazingly, it does these things even if the laughter is faked!

By laughing, we can restore balance, get back in touch with the flow of life, and regain hope. Laughing expands the heart, lends perspective, helps us connect with others--and it does these things while healing the body. Watch these video clips (clip #2) to see that you don't need a good sense of humor and you don't even need anything to laugh about to reap these benefits.

Many blessings,

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