Saturday, May 16, 2009

Laughter Incorporated

I'd like to take this opportunity to bring my newest online adventure to the attention of the readers of Digital Doorway. While DD and "The Adventures of Bob the Nurse" are wholly online activities, this new venture of mine occurs both in the "real world" and the virtual one.

Many of you are aware that my wife and I are Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders, having been trained to lead Laughter Yoga sessions by the master himself, Dr. Madan Kataria. While our New England-based Laughter Yoga Social Club has been a relative hobby with a few paid gigs here and there, we are now ramping up our efforts to make this more of a money-making business.

Laughter is sorely needed in this world, and the positive and far-reaching effects of laughter have been researched by the Harvard Medical School and many other prestigious institutions. Even the Department of Defense is now using Laughter Yoga and therapeutic laughter to assuage the effects of stress experienced by soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. There is, in my mind, no better process than laughter to quickly and efficiently raise the endorphine levels and decrease stress in a way that is scientifically proven in its effectiveness.

So, Laughter Incorporated is the business which has grown slowly but surely out of what was originally a novel hobby, and is quickly becoming the focus of our lives as entrepreneurs. In fact, this website will be the platform from which we endeavor to engage businesses, health care facilities, non-profit organizations, and others in using laughter to cultivate camaraderie, productivity, stress reduction, improved health, and even world peace!

I'm very excited about this venture, and will be posting progress reports here on Digital Doorway. Please stop by Laughter Incorporated from time to time, read our blog, and let me know what you think. And if you want to find a Laughter Yoga Social Club in your area, I'd be happy to help you.

Here's to more laughter for all!
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