Laughter Therapy in the Workplace
Dr. Kataria's School of Laughter Yoga
growing popularity of Laughter Clubs all over India, and the interest shown by
many who have visited these clubs from all over the world have made one point
very clear - these clubs are no laughing matter. While tens of thousands are
taking to this unique therapy, there are many who wished to join a Laughter
Club, but could not do so because of time constraints. Most clubs start quite
early, between 6.30 a.m. and 7 a.m. and they are held at public parks where
people go for a morning walk. This is the time many office goers cannot come,
because they have to leave early for office. Quite a few women cannot
participate because they have to send their children to school and their
husbands to office.
was inspired by the idea from some companies in Japan where it is a regular
practice to do some physical exercises in the office premises in the morning,
before employees start their work. All the members of the company, from Managing
Director to peons, participate. We believe that introducing Laughter Therapy in
corporate houses is a very significant and worthwhile idea. It can help to
improve inter-personal relationships at all levels in an organization, replacing
mutual lack of trust and confidence with a more positive outlook and
co-operative attitude towards one’s colleagues and subordinates. This should,
in turn, definitely help to improve the prevalent work environment and overall
performance of an organization.
of indiscipline: Initially, many people showed
interest, but such proposals did not materialise because of some hesitation
about any thing new being started and that too a funny concept. Maybe they
feared that this might be ridiculed, or it may cause indiscipline. I wrote to
many companies, corporate houses, medium and small sized factories. Many bosses
thought the workers might not understand the concept well. Many of them, and
rightly so, were waiting for its bonafides to be proved. I went on to give
seminars and demonstrations in many offices and factories. I found some
resistance from the management, who were not very keen on mixing with their
workers, because they feared that the workers might not respect them or might
disobey them if they laughed together. Usually, they would send their managers
to attend the sessions and they themselves refused to come out of their cabins.
Fortunately, this fear was proved wrong when we successfully implemented this
programme in many factories and offices in Bombay. Now many more companies are
coming forward to implement laughter yoga in the workplace from Australia,
Sweden, Norwey, Denmark and USA.
through Laughter: Today business houses and
industries all over the world are facing the worst ever recession. Profits are
declining and workers are hard pressed to match their incomes with rising prices.
Executives are pressed hard to step up sales
in the face of fierce competition. The members of the business community (Managers,
Sales and Marketing Personnel, Executives, Administrators) are living
very stressful lives. Most diseases like high blood pressure, heart
disease, peptic ulcers, insomnia, depression, allergies and even cancer have
some relation to stress. This contributes to absenteeism, poor performance and
Advantages of Laughter
Therapy in Corporate Houses
Therapy increases oxygen levels in the body and releases endorphins (feel-good
hormones) from the brain cells. Daily laughter exercise will bring a sense of
well-being and feeling of freshness throughout the day. Participants learn to
wear smiles on their faces.
will help reduce inhibitions, increase self-confidence and develop leadership
qualities among participants. Starting the day on a positive note will improve
interpersonal relationships and hence performance. Bosses and subordinates will
work with a better frame of mind, rather than fearing each other.
breathing, neck and shoulder stretching exercises will help remove stiffness and
pain resulting from stress and a sedentary lifestyle.
Therapy increases body resistance by stimulating the immune system of the body.
Regular laughing sessions will significantly reduce the frequency of coughs,
colds and throat and chest infections.
will help to control many diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease,
irritability, insomnia, anxiety, depression, allergic disorders, asthma,
bronchitis, tension and migraine headaches, as well as aches and pains due to
arthritis, cervical spondylitis and backache.
Therapy is one of the easiest types of meditation which brings you instant
relaxation. It disconnects your mind from the physical world. While laughing you
cannot think of anything else. In other types of meditation you need to
concentrate a lot to take your mind away from unwanted thoughts, which is easier
said than done.
a group effort, all the Laughter Club members try to identify and remove the
negative factors like guilt, anger, fear, jealousy
and ego, which stop us from laughing. They cultivate the spirit of laughter by
following ways and means of sensible living, like paying compliments, the art of
forgiveness and understanding human relationships.
holding periodic seminars we impart practical training to help
members to discover their own sense of humour and celebrate life, in
spite of its tough challenges.
practise of Yogic Laughter we want to make people understand that happiness and
laughter are states of mind and
should be unconditional, irrespective of the ups and downs of life. If you are
in a happy and positive frame of mind you can solve your problems in a much
better way. To make people believe in the philosophy that motion creates emotion.
If you act like a happy man first thing in the morning your chemistry will
To make people aware of the power of group effort. Anything practiced in a group becomes easier to manifest rather than trying to do the same thing alone. Not only do we laugh and do stretching exercise together, we are also learning to understand the ways and means of sensible living all together.
Every human being has infinite potential to perform and achieve anything he desires, but most of his power lies dormant and untapped. Through Laughter Therapy and meditation, one can release one's infinite potential and achieve greater heights in life.
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