Dalai Lama gives ’emotional’ speech on the benefits of laughter


On Wednesday, the Dalai Lama gave an emotional speech on the benefits of laughter, saying that it is the “best medicine” and can help people to overcome their difficulties.

The Tibetan spiritual leader was speaking at the launch of a laughter therapy course in India, which is being run by the Mumbai-based Art of Living Foundation.

“Laughter is the best medicine. It has no side effects and is always beneficial,” the Dalai Lama said.

He added that laughter can help people to overcome their problems, and that it is a “sign of hope”.

The Dalai Lama has long been a supporter of laughter therapy, and has even written a book on the subject, titled “The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living”.

In his speech, he spoke about how he had once been very unhappy, but that laughter had helped him to overcome his sadness.

“I am a living example of the power of laughter,” he said.

The Dalai Lama also said that he often uses humour to defuse tense situations, and that it is a good way to build rapport with others.

“If you can make others laugh, they will be more open to you,” he said.

The Art of Living Foundation’s laughter therapy course is based on the work of Dr Madan Kataria, who is credited with inventing laughter yoga.

The course involves making “intentional” noises such as “ho ho ho” and “ha ha ha”, and is designed to release endorphins and reduce stress.

The Dalai Lama said that he had tried laughter yoga, and that it had made him feel “very relaxed”.

The course is being run in Mumbai, but the Art of Living Foundation plans to roll it out to other cities in India, and eventually to other countries.

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