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India's giggling guru says laugh yourself to good health

Published on Nov 29, 2012 1:23 PM
 
Indian 'guru of giggling" Madan Kataria speaks during an interview after a session of a 'laughter club' in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi on Aug 25, 2012. India's "guru of giggling" Madan Kataria, who has got thousands of people guffawing globally in pursuit of better health, has an unexpected confession - he hasn't got a very good sense of humour. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's "guru of giggling" Madan Kataria, who has got thousands of people guffawing globally in pursuit of better health, has an unexpected confession - he hasn't got a very good sense of humour.

"But you don't require one to laugh," chortles Mr Kataria, founder of "Laughter Yoga", a movement that has attracted fans worldwide including celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Goldie Hawn.

Mr Kataria - who travels constantly spreading his "laugh with no reason" gospel - has been hired by multinationals from computer giant Hewlett-Packard to automaker Volvo to hold team-building laughter sessions.

Now he is setting up a "Laughter University" in the southern city of Bangalore on land donated by a building contractor and US$250,000 (S$305,723) from an anonymous tycoon.

 
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