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India’s Laughter Club Comes To Tehran. Can Peace Be Too Far Behind?

In India on November 20, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Could laughter be the solution to Mideast violence? The cynic is us says no, while the optimist in us believes it’s worth a try. We could all use a good laugh right about now.

(full post at the Guardian) The classes are based on methods devised by Iranian laughter therapist Majid Pezeshki, who developed his technique from a discipline practised in India based on the principle that laughing has physical and psychological health benefits. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, public laughter has been officially frowned upon by the religious authorities, perhaps mindful of the maxim attributed to the late Ayatollah Khomeini, the revolution’s spiritual leader: “There is no fun in Islam.”

Here’s John Cleese getting a taste of Madan Kataria’s Laughter Yoga


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