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Since the baby-boom generation began to retire in 2007 there has been a rapid increase in the number of people retiring, with an expectation of the impact this will have on society. Many journals are being produced in a number of fields in which this impact is a hot topic. I wrote an article on laughter yoga in three such journals, produced by the university I graduated from, by the company I worked for, and by an organization related to that company. Here is a summary of my articles highlighting their aim.

1) “ABIC Information Letter”

ABIC (Action for a Better International Community), has more than 2,600 retired people on their register and sees its mission as contributing to society at home and abroad by exploiting those with language skills and global business experience. Most are older employees from general trading companies.

I introduced laughter yoga into the “ABIC Information Letter” under the title of “Laughter Yoga for Working People”. At present laughter yoga is enjoyed in fitness centers, yoga studios, senior centers, schools, universities, and in facilities for the mentally and physically disabled. It is also attracting the attention of business people in five major areas:

(1) Reducing workplace stress

(2) Stabilizing the emotions
(3) Increasing performance
(4) Enhancing creativity
(5) Increasing teamwork

2)  “Move Foward (Yaku)” (Nissho-Iwai Company Friends’ Journal: Nissho-Iwai is one of the antecedent companies of Sojitz Corporation)

I introduced laughter yoga into “Move Forward” under the title of “The Social Contribution of Laughter Yoga”. Besides introducing laughter yoga, I wrote about establishing the Chiba Laughter Yoga Club last February, with the co-operation of the community, to hold laughter yoga session once a month, and about running laughter yoga sessions for 5 days as part of a preventive-care project for senior citizens at Mihama Lively Plaza, Chiba City. As a result, I have been able to play a part in making a social contribution to the community – something of which I had no previous experience.

I am planning to teach laughter yoga to Nissho-Iwai retirees so that they can make their own contribution to their local community by running laughter yoga sessions.

3) “Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Journal” 

Entitled "I Started Laughter Yoga Meditation", my introduction was about laughter yoga consisting of laughter yoga exercises and laughter meditation. It was also about laughter yoga meditation consisting of laughter meditation and yoga breathing meditation. Then, I described Madan Kataria’s technique of laughter yoga meditation which I learned directly from him. I emphasized that it is much easier to master laughter yoga meditation than mindfulness meditation that is becoming popular in the United States.

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies has a Hindi Department, which has a lot of graduates who have been playing an active role in business circles. I hope they will spread laughter yoga and laughter yoga meditation among those Japanese companies which have expanded their businesses into India.

As outlined above, I have introduced laughter yoga and laughter yoga meditation through 3 journals in order to promote their spread among business people and the local community. Now I am negotiating with each organization to hold a laughter yoga session so that readers of these journals can learn about laughter yoga and laughter yoga meditation.