Out of nowhere they appear, hoisting a banner that proudly displays their name in neatly embroidered letters, “Juhu Laughter Club,” and below that their slogan:

HO-HO, HA-HA – LAUGHING IS THE BEST MEDICINE

 

I’m in Bombay and the sun has not yet risen on Juhu Beach. I have come to see firsthand the work, or rather should I say play, of a most unusual doctor.

Each morning forty or fifty men, women and children come to the beach for their daily dose of laughter. These people are members of one of India’s almost 500 “laughter clubs”; groups which hold outdoor sessions that are free and open to everyone who believes in the therapeutic value of laughter.