The old adage that laughter is the best medicine has inspired Dr. Madan Kataria of India to devise Laughter Yoga as an anti-stress therapy that also reportedly stimulates creativity.
The practice is a blend of yogic deep breathing, stretching, stimulated laughter exercises and cultivated child-like playfulness. It is advocated as internal jogging, which provides a good massage to all internal organs. The benefits include natural pain relief, improved breathing and strengthened immune system.
The trend is now growing to include Laughter Parties and Weekends. And don’t fear. Proponents say you benefit even if you don’t feel like laughing. Faking it still prompts the body to produce happiness chemicals, and soon enough the mind follows.