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Laugh Track

Could a hearty chuckle be the key ingredient in the success of your business?

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This story appears in the February 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Business is no laughing matter--or is it? Absolutely, according to Sushil Bhatia, founder of the Laughing Clubs of America. Modeled after a concept that's sweeping through India, the organization promotes a combination of laughter, yoga and meditation as stress therapy. The 30- to 45-minute sessions--which require nothing other than a willingness to laugh--pay off in a more positive attitude, relaxation and a strengthened immune system, according to Bhatia.

As CEO and co-founder of Kriticka, a software services provider in Southboro, Massachusetts, Bhatia practices what he preaches. Every morning, he holds a voluntary session where he and his employees (90 percent attend) spend five to 10 minutes meditating and doing yoga, followed by laughing exercises that range from the no-holds-barred boisterous guffaw to the silent, yet hearty, open-mouthed variety.

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