We feel happy to share with you the inspiring stories of three self sustaining laughter clubs. These are not formally formed and run laughter clubs. Nevertheless, they meet on all working days and have a hearty laugh!
For the past one year, we have been regularly conducting a laughter yoga session every Tuesday morning at the Rotary Paul Harris School for the mentally challenged children at Indore. They have included Laughter Yoga in their curriculum and have a session earmarked for it every day in the time table, thanks to Rotarian Radhe Shyam Maheshwari and Rotarian Rajesh Singh Parmar. The principal, Neeti Billore, and all teachers of the school conduct the sessions with great dedication. And, the students simply love it! This is probably a unique example where students and their teachers have discovered deep value in laughter yoga and adopted it on their own! This has given us fulfillment as nothing else in our lives. If we have to choose one good work that we have ever done, this would be it.
We had made a presentation on Laughter Yoga at the Local Head Office of State Bank of India at Bhopal on 26th January, 2012 – the Republic Day of India. The audience included the staff, senior officials and their families. They appreciated it very much. Mr S K Mishra, then Chief General Manager, who is now a Deputy Managing Director of the State Bank of India, the largest bank of this country, desired that we record an audio track containing instructions for a brief laughter session. The track is played every morning at 11 o’clock over the public address system at the Local Head Office and more than five hundred employees spread on five floors of the building chant ‘Very Good Very Good Yay” and laugh in unison every working day. This is another unique self sustaining laughter club. Mr Rajesh Gupta, Assistant General Manager, Human Resources deserves special kudos for ensuring the success of this club on an ongoing basis.
Iram Ahmad happened to visit Suniket Laughter Club, Indore one fine Sunday morning and enjoyed the laughter session so much that she just had to tell her boss Akshay Jain about it the next morning. Lo and behold! They asked us to conduct a laughter session at their office on Saturday. We presented Laughter Yoga before the staff of Viscus Infotech, Indore and laughter reverberated as we had never heard before. That was it. Next day onwards, they started laughter sessions on their own in their office. They have one in the morning around 11o’clock and the second one in the evening at 4 o’clock. Their CEO, Akshay Jain, one of the finest laughers on this planet, inspires and leads them from the front.
We take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to all those who have made it possible to carry forward these clubs by their enthusiasm and love for laughter. We are sure there would be many more such self sustaining laughter clubs across the globe which have not been reported or documented. Please share if you know of any one. Love and Laughter!