An hour of hearty laughter a day, residents of Raipur hope, will keep their ailments away! And they are proving the long-forgotten truism, 'Laughter is the best medicine' right!
Every morning, around 150 men and women, mostly senior citizens, assemble at a park near the office of State District Collector, and start their day on a positive note.
The idea of the laughter club was first started in 1995 by Dr Madan Kataria Lokendwala.
The club believes that laughter is the best medicine to bust stress and tension, ubiquitous and synonymous with modern life style.
"Laughing helps our internal system like heart, kidney, lungs and pancreas to become more active. It helps fight depression and other ailments also. Laughing helps improve our immune system as well," said Govinda, an official, Laughing Club.
74-year-old Dr Praveen Chandra Patel spends his morning laughing with many others like him. He said that his health has shown remarkable improvement ever since he joined the club.
"I have been suffering from diabetes for the last 40 years, but I don't have problems. I am leading a very normal life. I had even undergone a bypass surgery 15 years ago, but due to the grace of Almighty and also due to the laughter club, I am all healthy," said Dr Praveen Chandra Patel.
Studies have shown that laughter increases hormones that alleviate depression and enhance immunity.
Laughter therapy is medically proved to control negative hormones in the body that leads to increase in stress and anxiety.
Apart from helping to relax, laughter therapy also increases oxygen intake in the body. Several benefits of laughter therapy have been medically proved.
It helps reduce stress, which in turn reduces blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.