Laughter yoga was developed in the mid-Nineties by Madan Kataria, a doctor in Mumbai.
This article claims to be about the benefits of laughter yoga for ageing...but it is even better than that! It looks at the broader benefits of laughter yoga such as strengthening of the immune system and the reduction of pain - the endorphins released are said to be 30 times more powerful than morphine.
Laughter yoga was developed in the mid-Nineties by Madan Kataria, a doctor in Mumbai. He had been working on the potential health benefits of laughter and, on impulse, took his wife to a local park, accosted three strangers and told them jokes! :) When the jokes ran out, he decided to test the theory that feigning laughter could induce similar benefits to the real thing. He encouraged the group to fake laughter for a minute and found that it quickly became genuine, infectious and beneficial.
Laughter yoga classes are now springing up in the US and the UK. Happy giggling everyone.