This morning, I Googled laughter and India, and wouldn't you know it, came across an extraordinary movement created by Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Bombay, India, who started group laughter exercises after having researched the health benefits of laughter.
Since starting, this 'Guru of Giggling' (London Times) has inspired the opening of over 6,000 Laughter Yoga clubs in 60 countries.
In 1979, Norman Cousins, MD wrote Anatomy of Illness, which brought humor therapy to the attention of the medical community. As a result, studies have been published on the health benefits of laughter, which lower blood pressure and the hormones associated with stress, strengthen the immune system, relax muscles and reduce pain, stimulate both sides of the brain, cleanse the lungs, and may even help protect against heart attacks. With so many emotional, mental, and physical benefits, why not laugh our way to a healthier life?