Laughter: The Best Medicine?

Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian doctor and student of Yoga has invented something called Laughter Yoga. Apparently, the concept is to get together with a bunch of other people and laugh yourselves silly–for no particular reason. So why would someone want to do this? I’ll let him speak for himself:

“We all know that laughter makes us feel good. A regular 20 minute laughter session can have a profound impact on our health and wellbeing. Laughter is gentle exercise. It fill your lungs and body with oxygen, deep-clears your breathing passages and exercises your lungs. This is really important for people who don’t get regular aerobic exercise.

When we laugh our bodies release a cocktail of hormones & chemicals that have startling positive effects on our system. Stress is reduced, blood pressure drops, depression is lifted, your immune system is boosted & more. Western science is just starting to discover the great effects of laughter.”

Dr. Kataria trains Certified Laugh Instructors to lead these giggle fits. There are now over 5,000 Laughter Clubs in 40 countries. Check out this Laughter Club session (if you dare).

Now I don’t know about you, but I’m a little freaked out by this. I agree that laughter is important. I totally love humor and laughter. However, the idea of getting together with 20 other people and randomly laughing seems just a bit strange. I’d rather read some hilarious blogs, watch a good comedy movie, or turn on some I Love Lucy. But that’s just me.

By the way, I think the first Laughter Club was actually formed in the Mary Poppins movie. Remember that scene where Uncle Albert is laughing uncontrollably and floating on the ceiling? Then the kids start laughing and join him?

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Gas Prices Headed Up Again?

Well, strap yourselves in. It looks like gas prices may be headed steeply higher over the next several years. It would really save me some time if I could just have my paycheck direct-deposited into the oil companies’ bank accounts. I’ll have to check into the feasibility of that and get back with you. Meanwhile, reason #160 that this country is doomed: cheap cars in Asia.

Indian automaker Tata has introduced a 2-cylinder, 4-passenger car that will retail for $2,500. With the rising incomes and the introduction of cheap cars like this, automobile ownership in Asia is expected to skyrocket over the next several years.

There are 2 billion people in China and India compared to 300 million in the US. While these cars are extremely fuel efficient, the sheer number of new cars on the road will sharply increase demand for oil when supplies are already tight.

But just look at the car. It’s a death trap. But hey, it will save on burial expenses. The car can easily double as a casket. They will be able to dig a hole and just place the car (with deceased occupants inside) in the grave.

http://money.cnn.com/2008/01/30/news/international/mini_cars_gas/index.htm