Laughing Your Way to Health in Indonesia
Krissy Dwyer | May 30, 2012 (originally published in The Jakarta Globe)
Chortling, giggling, chuckling, roaring — no matter how you do it, laughter is often considered the best medicine. So much, in fact, that an intriguing phenomenon has swept across the world in the past decade: laughter yoga.
In 1995, Indian physician Madan Kataria started hosting laughter sessions in a Mumbai park with five people. He began by telling jokes, but when he ran out, he created imaginary skits, such as roaring like a lion or pretending to be a penguin, to make participants laugh.