You must have seen a caption such as “Laughter the best medicine”, in a few magazines. Most of the Monthlies and Weeklies do run a column for jokes, humour and so on. It is very unlikely that you would have flipped over that page as unwanted stuff.
So, a joke of any kind is a compelling piece of mini literature which cannot be ignored by any reader. But, does it serve as a medicine of any kind as the wordings go? I never considered it to be any type of therapy at all. No doctor has ever prescribed it to any one.. But a recent article made me wise on the subject.
One Dr. Madan Katara hailing from the city of Mumbai,India, felt that laughing was good for healthy living and it does cure some chronic complaints. He came to this conclusion after some research. and tried it on himself initially. Presto, he did feel relieved from some of his chronic problems such as asthma, perpetual coughing etc.
So, he started a club which met at the nearby park every morning. Soon there were some 50 persons – all laughing their guts out for about 15 minutes and then they dispersed. Every participant gave a positive feedback.
This happened in the year 1995 and the concept has spread to a number of countries. As of now, there are 6000 laughter clubs in 60 countries. What are the overall benefits?
One feels better emotionally, physically and would be cheerful throughout the day without any kind of stress. The blood pressure will remain normal and kept under control too.
Depression and sadness will get banished in you if you keep yourself happy. Depression is the root cause for 70-80 per cent of all health problems in every human being around the world. It is a kind of a killer disease too and would eat into you without your own knowledge. Laughing suppresses this ailment.
You would appear a jolly good fellow the whole day. Your face will show a pleasant glow and sport a delectable smile as well in your office or work place. People around you will notice it too.
Did it occur to you that a laughing club needs no building nor any kind of premises; any out door space would do. There is no membership fee and no dress regulation either. You can walk in in any dress including a swimming costume or a nightie.
Even if you are not a member of any group, you can start your laughing drill wherever you are. Begin with a 15 minute session every morning. It would be good if you could recharge yourself sometime during the rest of the day. It would be rather embarrassing to break into a paroxysm of laughter in your work area nor would you feel quite comfortable to shut yourself inside a bathroom for a brief laughing session. But once the laughing prescription is accepted universally, there could be a five minute break now and then known as the ‘laughing break’. The more frequently you laugh the more perfect a health you would maintain.
Shall we hope that over the next few years the laughing technology would catch on and become so common that no one would call you a nut when you indulge in it !