Health & Wellness

Laughter: The Best Medicine

Mirth is a way of life with laughter clubs. MyBangalore meets up with a few in the city to up the cheer Quotient.
 

Their mornings are usually dedicated to ample amount of laughter, something that carries them through the rest of the day. Laughter clubs in Bangalore have, over the years, evolved to a stage where more and more people have known about them and been a part of them. Be it the Ulsoor Lake Laughter Club, the Onkar Laughter Club or the Romeo Club, all laughter clubs swear by the mantra that laughter’s the best medicine.



Their mornings are usually dedicated to ample amount of laughter, something that carries them through the rest of the day. Laughter clubs in Bangalore have, over the years, evolved to a stage where more and more people have known about them and been a part of them. Be it the Ulsoor Lake Laughter Club, the Onkar Laughter Club or the Romeo Club, all laughter clubs swear by the mantra that laughter’s the best medicine.



The history of spreading laughter through laughter clubs has its roots in the year 1995 when Dr. Madan Kataria realized the need for an organized laughter movement for the overall well- being of the people. Ever since, laughter therapy has gained world recognition. “Dr. Kataria used to go walking in the park in the morning. Eventually he made quite a few friends with whom he not only landed up talking but also cracking a few jokes. Suddenly he realized the power of laughter and set about bringing more and more people into its folds, thus starting a worldwide movement of laughter clubs”, says BS Sathyanarayan of the Jayanagar Laughter International Club, the very first laughter yoga club in the city.

“Tension, stress and even worse ailments have actually been known to have a cure in laughter. If you take it upon yourself to laugh 30 minutes every day, most of your physical and mental ailments can actually take a backseat. Three minutes of laughter equals 15 minutes on the treadmill”, says Mamta of the Jayanagar Laughter International Club. And the ways you get to laugh are so many, that you can’t ever be tired of laughing! There is the lion laugh where an individual laughs heartily with tongue stretched out; the mobile laugh where one imagines he is speaking over the phone and laughs saying a ‘Hello’; the coffee laugh which has the individual laughing while imitating the action of pouring coffee. “You can always come up with a laugh of your own. There are no boundaries to it. Human beings are born with it”, suggests Sathyanarayan. Mamta, though, maintains that it is a muffled yet hearty laugh that exercises the body the most.



Non- profit in nature, laughter clubs around the city thrive on the fact that a simple morning or evening of laughing gives them pleasure. “It is a completely informal process where you can join in anytime. We do not believe in restrictions because those tend to put people off. Also every other health or therapeutic option requires money, whereas joining a laughter club requires pure initiative”, states Mamta.

But then the initiative of laughter clubs take a beating thanks to lack of basic facilities and no one knows this better than the Ulsoor Lake Laughter Club. “The Ulsoor Lake has been polluted to the extent that these days it is impossible for us to be happy doing laughter yoga there. The stench is a dampener on our spirits”, says Gubbi Ballappa member of the laughter club.

The laughter movement has caught on in the city. Most localities have a laughter club. All you need to do is find out whether your locality has one.
Tags: Bangalore, Laughter club, laughter, Ulsoor lake laughter club, the Onkar Laughter Club, the Romeo Club

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