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"Laughter Yoga combines laughter with yogic breathing exercises. It is a perfect way to laugh and get exercise at the same time. It approaches laughter as a body exercise so it's easy to laugh even if you're depressed or in a bad mood. Last year I highlighted Laughter Yoga on my TV program. I've tried it, and it works."

-Oprah Winfrey
"The Courier Mail" (Australia - 1/14/08)


Craig on CBS

CBS Atlanta 46


First Global Laugh for World Peace with Goldie Hawn and Dr. Kataria:

Helen and Craig on The Suzi Marsh Show

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Helen and Craig talk about Laughter Yoga on the Suzi Marsh Show

Laughter Yoga with Cancer Patients

Laughter Yoga : My Valentine On NBC

Learning to Laugh by The New York Times

Laughing Away Stress by Forbes

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  Giggle It Up With Laughter Yoga
May/June 2008
by H2O Magazine

Laugh yourself healthy with Laughter Yoga. Studies show that laughter is healing because it reduces stress levels, strengthens your immune system, and even lowers your blood pressure. Laughter Yoga supports the idea that to reap the benefi ts of laughter you don’t have to have a reason to laugh -- all you have to do is laugh. The unique concept is the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician from Mumbai, India, and his wife, Madhuri Kataria.

AJC Laughter Yoga Makes You Younger
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  Laughter Yoga Makes You Younger
July, 2008

This is not your typical yoga. The Laughter Yoga class, held at the West Cobb Senior Center and taught by instructor Craig Whitley, gathered 28 students in a recent class. Those interested in participating in a Laughter Yoga class can do so on Wednesdays from 7pm-8pm at the Northside-Cherokee Medical Office Building, 100 Stone Forest Drive in Woodstock. These classes are free to whoever wants to come.

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The New Science of Happiness
Sunday, Jan. 09, 2005

Sugary white sand gleams under the bright Yucatan sun, aquamarine water teems with tropical fish and lazy sea turtles, cold Mexican beer beckons beneath the shady thatch of palapas--it's hard to imagine a sweeter spot than Akumal, Mexico, to contemplate the joys of being alive. And that was precisely the agenda when three leading psychologists gathered in this Mexican paradise to plot a new direction for psychology.

For most of its history, psychology had concerned itself with all that ails the human mind: anxiety, depression, neurosis, obsessions, paranoia, delusions. The goal of practitioners was to bring patients from a negative, ailing state to a neutral normal, or, as University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman puts it, "from a minus five to a zero." It was Seligman who had summoned the others to Akumal that New Year's Day in 1998--his first day as president of the American Psychological Association (A.P.A.)--to share a vision of a new goal for psychology. "I realized that my profession was half-baked. It wasn't enough for us to nullify disabling conditions and get to zero. We needed to ask, What are the enabling conditions that make human beings flourish? How do we get from zero to plus five?"

Every incoming A.P.A. president is asked to choose a theme for his or her yearlong term in office. Seligman was thinking big. He wanted to persuade substantial numbers in the profession to explore the region north of zero, to look at what actively made people feel fulfilled, engaged and meaningfully happy. Mental health, he reasoned, should be more than the absence of mental illness. It should be something akin to a vibrant and muscular fitness of the human mind and spirit.

Over the decades, a few psychological researchers had ventured out of the dark realm of mental illness into the sunny land of the mentally hale and hearty. Some of Seligman's own research, for instance, had focused on optimism, a trait shown to be associated with good physical health, less depression and mental illness, longer life and, yes, greater happiness. Perhaps the most eager explorer of this terrain was University of Illinois psychologist Edward Diener, a.k.a. Dr. Happiness. For more than two decades, basically ever since he got tenure and could risk entering an unfashionable field, Diener had been examining what does and does not make people feel satisfied with life. Seligman's goal was to shine a light on such work and encourage much, much more of it.

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