Mr K N Radhakrishnaiah, now 61 years old, worked as an engineer with a government department in a small town near Bangalore called Almatti. In 2002 colleagues framed him with false corruption charges. He went into deep depression, lost interest in life and decided to commit suicide.

In December 2002 he returned to his hometown of Bangalore to carry it out his suicide plan and as he was talking a last walk in a park he saw a group of people laughing. He joined their laughter yoga session and for the first time felt hope. Suicide was postponed.

With daily laughter yoga he recovered dramatically from his depression and within one month he stopped taking antidepressant medication.

He shared his emotions with laughter group members and with their support came out of depression. Soon afterwards his problem at work also got resolved and he took his retirement.

Mr Radhakrishnaiah believes that laughter yoga gave him a new life. He decided to dedicate his retirement to helping others through laughter. Today he spends most of his time helping people to open new laughter clubs in the region.

Where Is Almatti, Bangalore, India?