Quynh Trung, Vietnam:
The Laughter Club in Hanoi, launched in 2011, now boasts of being the world’s largest daily Laughter Club. Every day at 6 am a group of about 200 people gather at the Ly Thai To park in Hanoi to practice Laughter Yoga. Apart from hand-clapping and breathing, everyone is trained to open their mouth widely for a few minutes. After that, they bend their heads, stare at one another and then burst into laughter. Le Anh Son, currently the president of the club has helped turn Laughter Yoga into a special morning exercise for Hanoians.
Besides Hanoi, Laughter Yoga clubs have also been set up in other provinces and cities, drawing a large number of participants. Presently, there are eight Laughter Yoga clubs at many parks in Hanoi and the number of Laughter Yoga students has increased to more than 100,000!! Son says, “I have a dream that Vietnamese people will be friendly to one another and always give everybody friendly smiles in every situation. I think Vietnam will soon be honored as a happy country, and Hanoi will be regarded as the laughter capital.”
To further his dream, Son has also started a program called “Happiness in schools” that will be applied in all the junior and senior high schools, as well as colleges and universities, throughout the country. He has also been working to establish a training course called “Friendly service” targeting companies and enterprises specializing in providing services.