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Bark, roar and laugh your stress away!

WHAT SHOULD you do when you are down and out? ?Try dog laugh!? says CB Chasoria, president of Hasya Yog Dhyan Kendra, Bhopal. The man who is building a chain of laughter clubs in the country arrived here in the city on Wednesday to give a demonstration of the new laughter techniques devised by him to de-stress individuals living life in the fast lane. ?The faster the city?s lifestyle, the more the need for laughter clubs.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 00:36 IST

WHAT SHOULD you do when you are down and out? “Try dog laugh!” says CB Chasoria, president of Hasya Yog Dhyan Kendra, Bhopal.

The man who is building a chain of laughter clubs in the country arrived here in the city on Wednesday to give a demonstration of the new laughter techniques devised by him to de-stress individuals living life in the fast lane.

“The faster the city’s lifestyle, the more the need for laughter clubs. For instance the maximum number of our clubs, about 250 of them, are in Mumbai,” says Chasoria while talking to HT Lucknow Live on Wednesday.

Ask Chasoria how he and his Hasya Kendras are different from the normal forced-laughter-gangs in the morning parks, and he says, “Come to sector G, Aliganj at 7.30 am to find that out!”

Prick him further and the man says, “we have devised this unique dance-n-laugh, dog laugh, lion laugh etc therapies and these are highly successful ways of de-stressing.” Chasoria says people are experiencing stress simply because they have forgotten how to laugh. “Have you watched a child? A child normally laughs/smiles about 400 times a day but grown-ups do not even smile 10 times per day. And therein lies the catch. Smile if you want sadness to fade,” he says.

Quoting from various researches, he says, “it’s now established that those parents who laugh a lot give birth to healthy, happy babies. Similarly, research has also proved that laughter reduces chances of heart attack substantially.

Various other researches are going on about the good effects of laughing.”

Chasoria says that laughing also promotes togetherness. “This is specially important when one is working in an organization where there are a lot of employees. You can cry alone. But to laugh, you have to have a group. So, laughter also promotes team spirit. And what’s more, laughing is infectious too!” he adds.

But the sad part Chasoria feels is that people are not realising the tremendous benefits of laughing. “I went to Begum Hazrat Mahal Park and goaded several people to join me in laughing. Most of them excused themselves in one pretext or the other saying that they had other important things to do. I said, fine. So have I. I have come here for people’s good. No fee is charged in our laugh-centres,” he says.

Chasoria says one club has already opened in Lucknow in Aliganj and if people show interest there could be a couple more. And then he adds laughingly, “Only if people are interested in laughing, that is!”