Author: Dr. Madan Kataria
Publisher: Madhuri International
ISBN: 81-87529-01-6 (New Revised Edition)

Many scientists are convinced that laughter is the best medicine for both preventing and treating some diseases. But what is happening today? It seems as if we have forgotten how to laugh. Humor and jokes don't always work. Furthermore, there are few events in our lives that can really make us laugh.

In March of 1995, Dr. Madan Kataria started the first Laughter Club in a park in Mumbai (Bombay) India with only five people. Laughter Clubs have now proliferated all over the globe that number in the thousands. What is amazing, as pointed out in the book, is that never before has laughter been so well structured and made an organized exercise routine, to be practiced by the common man.

To understand the objectives, programmes, procedures, hopes and aspirations of these clubs, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Dr. Kataria's Laugh For No Reason.

According to Dr. Kataria, anyone has the ability to laugh for 15-20 minutes without relying on jokes, humor or comedy. You may ask how? And Dr. Kataria informs us that when practiced in a group by using a combination of laughter exercises, make believe laughter and Yoga breathing (Pranayama), we arrive at genuine laughter. This body-mind model is used by clubs, where laughter is not initiated from some external intervention, but rather from within the body. Once you remove a person's inhibitions, humor flows easily. Basically, it is a concept that is based on cultivating childlike playfulness, to induce laughter in the body first , and then the mind follows along. However, what is essential that there must be a willingness and commitment to laugh.

Laugh For No Reason covers a vast terrain that includes the therapeutic value of laughter, a fifteen step model illustrating what transpires in a laughter session, the essential link between laughter and Yoga, scientific rational of Yoga and laughter, descriptions of laughter clubs, the difference between laughter clubs and humor-based activities, converting laughter exercises into genuine giggles, sensible living, laughter Yoga in the workplace, benefits to school children and seniors, as well as prisoners and disabled children, and scientific research. The final chapters delve into how to start a laughter club, the role of the laughter leader and laughter workshops and training programs. One word of caution, as Dr. Kataria mentions, there are some individuals where laughter exercises may be unsuitable due to particular health reasons. Throughout the book, there are vivid illustrations that effectively capture some of the laughter exercises.

If nothing else, Laugh For No Reason will entice you to read and reread this fascinating new meaning of laughter and possibly seek out laughter clubs in your neck of the woods or perhaps even start one yourself.