A class in Tehran’s Laughter School, during tutorial. The school was founded in 2002 by Seyed Hamid-Reza Mohtashemi, who drew inspiration from Indian yogi Madan Kataria and bestselling American author Tony Robbins. “I examined the question seriously,” he says, “and I found out that adults in the West laugh 12 or 13 times a day on average, while our own ratio is much less, 6 or 7 times a day. (…) Our teaching is very efficient. The self-confidence of our students increases every week. Their sleep and metabolism improve quickly. Generally speaking, their happiness ratio rises consistently. We also achieve 100% of success in saving marriages.”

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VIDEO : The Tehran “Laughing School” during a practical exercise.

Seyed Hamid-Reza Mohtashemi, who founded the “Laughing School” in 2002, amidst his pupils. He is also the publisher of a magazine – How To Live – that has a print run of 40,000, and various DVDs and books on his method.

The authors with Seyed Hamid-Reza Mohtashemi.

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