Thursday, April 30, 2009

World Laughter Day is May 3

"Laughter can play a major role in reducing stress in the workplace," Dr. Madan Kataria says. I first learned about Laughter Clubs in Dan Pink's A Whole New Mind. Dr. Kataria noticed patients getting better faster when they laughed so he thought if laughter was so good why not start a laughter club?

And don't forget the famous Norman Cousins who is know for "laughing his way to health," a simplified explanation of the healing method he employed when diagnosed as having ankylosing spondylitis. Almost paralyzed, given only a few months to live, Cousins ordered himself checked out of the hospital. He moved into a hotel room and began taking extremely high doses of vitamin C and also exposed himself to equally high doses of humor. "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. "When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval."

This is why I advocate laughing! Well that and it just feeeeeels so good! Come and join me on World Laughter Day, this Sunday, May 3, Me and the NY Laughter Yoga Meet Up Group will meet at 12:30 pm at Union Square, at Broadway & 14th St, NYC (across from Whole Foods.) Shoot me an email if you want to go together!

Here is the link to join the Meet Up Group: Not in NYC? Info for you:


Boomer's mom said...

Well needed laughter! What a delightful video. I did not know that there was a dedicated Laughter Day! Everyday must be Laughter Day. Great article Kim, Thank you for the reminder.

Meet Kim said...

You're so welcome. I agree every day should be! HA HA HA ~ HO HO HO!