`Over 7,000 laughing clubs formed in the world'
VIJAYAWADA: Amidst peels of laughter of various intensities, the World Laughing Day was celebrated at Andhra Loyola College grounds on Sunday.
Keen on spreading the culture of laughing among the denizens of the city, members of several laughing clubs of Vijayawada descended on the grounds, cracked jokes and had a hearty laugh. It was guffaw from some, resembling the villainous laugh of Raavanaasura, while from others it was a rapid-fire one fondly called `AK - 47 laugh'.
"A small curve on your face will straighten out hundreds of complications. This saying signifies the importance of laughing in our lives to stay hale and healthy in competitive world," said T. Hanumantha Rao, founder and convener of Vijayawada Laughing Clubs.
It was heartening for many who assembled there to know that the concept of spreading laughter in the mundane world was conceived and implemented by an Indian physician - Madan Kataria.
First laughter club
The first laughter club in the city was launched at P.B. Siddhartha College grounds, and the healthy virus soon spread fast. As on date, there were four laughing clubs in the city, operating from IGMC Stadium, SRR & CVR College, Patamata Indoor Stadium and at AL College. "We have also helped fun lovers set up clubs at Vinukonda, Bhimavaram, Eluru and Visakhapatnam," Mr. Rao revealed.
He said that the efforts of Dr. Kataria had paid rich dividends, as more than 7,000 laughing clubs had been formed all over the world. "Laughing is a stress-buster and helps people overcome depression. One should spread out his or her arms and laugh for no reason, for at least a minute every day. It will help live longer."
Mr. Rao said another reason why people were not laughing much was the general tendency to laugh only when there was a success or an achievement. "We have not learnt to laugh and celebrate our mistakes, failures and difficulties from which we can learn a lot," he pointed out.
Dr. Manikeswarara Rao, a yoga exponent, said though India was witnessing an upsurge in the economic development after globalisation, the health aspect was being neglected. "India is emerging as capital of obesity. Cardiac problems are on the rise. Laughing will help spread good health among people," he said.