Many people believe that when a child is born, he/she mirrors the natural human state before the realities of the world modify their behaviour and state of mind. If this were true, then humans would always be naturally joyful and healthy. But this is not the case. As we grow up, our ability to laugh and play decreases.
Earlier, children would spend their childhood playing and developing emotional skills, which we call emotional intelligence that resulted in laughter and happiness.
Sadly, children today are faced with several pressures. They are faced with many stressors and have forgotten how to laugh and play. Physical activity is restricted, new strains are imposed, adult behaviour is demanded at an early age and group play and child-to-child interaction has been replaced with electronic games and remote communication devices. What is needed is a system that is integrated into educational institutions, which helps them cope with stress and find time for play and laughter.
In his book, Laughter Yoga, Dr Madan Kataria talks about the importance of laughter yoga for children and it’s benefits. Let’s read them here.