Friday, September 10, 2010
Skywatch Friday: Rain
It is 10.30am,
It is supposed to be Spring,
But it is cold,
It is drizzling.
We just had an earthquake in our country.
There is nothing to laugh about.
When I walk past this Indian temple,
There are bursts of laughter.
I remember the laughing clubs in Singapore.
They meet at the beach
They laugh loudly.
I am skeptical.
How can people laugh for no reason?
I don't even laugh at Mr. Bean's jokes.
People who go to these laughing clubs,
Seriously believe in the benefits.
As a kid,
I read in the Readers' Digest,
Laughter is the best medicine.
May be I should pluck up my courage,
And join them, and chuckle away.
Do look at this video, it is choreographed very nicely, especially at the end. You don't have to laugh. I didn't.
The story of Laughter Yoga starts in 1995, when Doctor Madan Kataria, a GP with a practice in Mumbai, India, was reviewing the considerable body of medical research which established the broad-ranging benefits of laughter. These benefits were not simply a sense of 'feeling good', there were measurable improvements to physical, mental and emotional states for people who laughed often.