What would you say about a club that grooms a hundred youngsters every week to laugh for no reason? Chetana Laughter Club has the unique distinction of taking a few thousand young pilgrims along the pathway of self-triggered joy during the past one year. And, the journey continues..
State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana) has been set-up at Indore (India) to groom young bank officers. During their training, the officers have a brief tryst with Laughter Yoga. It is used as an ice-breaker at the beginning of programme and as an energizer in between the sessions as and when required. Besides, there is a full-fledged laughter session every Wednesday evening.
All the participants invariably imbibe the chants of ‘Very Good Very Good Yay’ during their stay and it soon becomes their mantra. This is something they will never forget in life. Gradually, they realize the virtues of unconditional laughter.
Here is a testimonial from one of our participants:
Survival of the Happiest
Laughter is something that comes naturally to people and it is the most contagious thing on earth. No one has to teach a baby to laugh.
I came to State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana), Indore unaware of what was in store for me. After my tryst with the laughter yoga club, the laugh has never stopped.
The Laughter session conducted by Jagat Bisht Sir was one laugh riot. Every time sir introduced a new exercise for laughter, it instantly generated excitement and contemplation of the possible outcome.
My favorite act was the small role-play where if someone asked "What’s the time?"; one replied "It’s time to laugh " and everyone broke out into laughter.
One of the phrases which everyone chanted after every act was - "Very good, Very Good, Yay!" It’s a simple phrase without any actual meaning .But when you clap your hands and say it loud the phrase brings out its actual magic. It became an instant hit and a college anthem for us.
I didn't realize through the course of the session how it had a positive biochemical effect on my cardiovascular and nervous system. It’s only when I got back to my room that I could see myself happy, de-stressed and re-energized. In this era of ‘survival of the fittest’, Laughter club has the guts to say ' survival of the happiest '.
Probationary Officer, 2011 Batch,
State Bank of India,
The institute is fully laughter enabled. All faculty here are trained laughter leaders. Laughter Yoga creates a conducive environment for learning and community living. The experiment has been very valuable and fruitful for all of us here.
Jagat Singh Bisht
Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and Assistant General Manager (Faculty)
State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana), Indore (India)
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