Days and Preschool Days, Too:
A treasury of anecdotes culled from my work
and play as a preschool worker and an elementary school after- school
THE LAUGHING CLUB
A few years ago,
I read about the "Bombay Laughing Club", a group of people in India
who get together every morning to laugh for twenty minutesnot to
tell jokes, mind you, just to laugh, on the theory that laughing itself
is good for you.
Well, last week in the preschool play
yard, I was supervising children near the climbing bars outside Room
5, sort of a play yard equivalent to the office water cooler. Children
were standing about, climbing on the bars and playing in the sand, when
a little boy named Darwin ran out of Room 5, climbed up on the bars,
and, holding himself erect, began bellowing out some of the most joyful
laughing sounds I've ever heard.
he went, stretching every syllable way out and stopping only to catch
his breath. Head thrown back, face contorted in joy, he laughed on and
I had recently read about a Bay Area
Laughing Club that's started in Hollister, and had thought of paying
a visit. But, I suddenly realized, hearing Darwin, the Laughing Clubs
had come to us!
Sitting on my teacher's chair, I looked
into Darwin's eyes and joined him. Several other children gathered around
and after listening for a little while, joined in. Everyone seemed to
be having such a good time! I suddenly realized, laughing itself can
be funny! Since then, we laugh together
for a few minutes most weekdays, and I don't think the Indian men who
dreamed up the Laughing Club idea are wrong about the healthful benefits
of the activity.
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