The practice of laughter has been in the past and even today discouraged in most churches, public schools, funerals, in business and political meetings, and other gloomy somber places like court rooms, government offices, subways, city public buses, lines at the Post Office, and at my mother in law house.
With a destructive tendency to take everything seriously the filmmaker with an inability to laugh and enjoy life began researching about the subject of laughter in Canada, Africa, England, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and India where he discovers that organized laughter clubs worldwide take laughing very seriously.
In Africa he met some people who participated in the 1962 Tanzania so-called laughter epidemic, in Massachusetts he discovered a church where the folks laugh allegedly to get closer to the Divine.
Obviously there are great benefits derived from regular laughter but certain controlling powers do not want people to realize the tremendous positive impact for human unity, health and freedom involved in a planet inclined to regular laughter practice be that spontaneous or fake laughter as regularly done in laughing clubs.
The idea behind laughter clubs, originated in India in 1995, is that laughing due to a joke is not the only approach to trigger laughter but that by faking it we get the same benefits as real laughter, yet we usually end up laughing for real.
Regular Laughter practice stimulates friendship and good will among those who otherwise would be at each other's throat, it is a simple solution to fear, sadness and even anger, it lowers blood pressure cures stress and it has proved to be a sure short cut to joy and contentment.
I recommend this well researched DVD documentary to everyone.
NOTE: Norman Cousins who in 1964 was completely cured of a so-called terminal illness is the first person that we know of who successfully used laughter as medicine.
See the book Anatomy of an Illness.