07/30/2012 08:03 am ET Updated Sep 29, 2012

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

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Charlie Chaplin once said "a day without laughter is a day wasted." People have long said that laughter is the best medicine, and we know now of its many positive physiological effects. Laughter is known to reduce pain, reduce stress, increase our body's resistance to disease and improve the function of blood vessels and increase blood flow, which can help protect us against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Laughter can also help us burn calories. There is plenty of evidence on why we should laugh, so why don't we?

Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician in India, developed an exercise known as laughter yoga in the '90s. He was doing a research on an article about laughter being the best medicine, when he got the idea. He started a laughter club, where people gathered in a park and just laughed for no rhyme or reason. The concept of laughter yoga is based on the observation that our body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. We do not need to be happy or hear something funny, we can just laugh and still get the same physiological and psychological benefits. What started as five people in a park has now spread to thousands of laughter clubs in more than 50 countries.

So take a moment today, check out from your life and just laugh. Laugh for absolutely no reason at all.

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