Laughing when there’s nothing to laugh about is an activity that has typically been reserved for the deranged. Not any more, thanks to Madan Kataria, the man who created “laughter yoga” in India 15 years go.

As our economy circles the drain, growing numbers of Americans with plenty to cry about are now turning to this form of exercise as a way to boost their moods. Although forcing a bunch of “ha-has” and “ho-hos” intermingled with yogic breathing probably does a body some good, why not catch some stand-up comedy or watch a funny movie instead? At least that way you not only feel better but also preserve your sanity.