Yes, even as Col Gaddafi is breathing down Uncle Sam’s neck, the Americans are getting ready to fight a different type of war – the war of laughs. The first ever competition to select ‘California’s Best Laughter’ is scheduled to be held in San Luis Obispo, California.
It is likely to be a seriously funny affair with gigglers and guffawers rubbing shoulders with one another to enjoy a good dose of tongue-in-cheek medication. Three tentative categories have been identified by Montreal based Albert Nerenberg, the Laugh Master – the categories are ‘Best Diabolical Laugh’, ‘Most Contagious Laugh’ and ‘Laughter Duels’. Julie Schutz would be one of the judges – she was once a nurse, practices ‘laughter yoga’ and is presently a ‘laughter leader’ of the World Laughter Tour which is a group that promotes the healing powers of laughter.
That laughter is the best medicine is an accepted fact of life as is humour in uniform – it is immaterial that Reader’s Digest that coined the phrase has gone into oblivion. It has also been medically proved that a dose of hearty laughter can cure many ills – the reason is really quite simple. When one rocks with laughter, the innumerable muscles in his body loosen in the ensuing shakeup and leaves behind a body minus tensions. That is the basic philosophy in the sprouting up of the ‘Laughter Clubs’ whose members invariably appear to be on the heavier side.