(Guardian UK)

It’s no joke! City council starts laughing clubs in colleges and jails to put smile back on citizens’ faces and boost health

Amid simmering political tensions, a fierce post-election crackdown and a depressed economy, reasons to be cheerful are hardly in abundant supply in Iran.

Now Tehran city council has found an antidote to gee up down-in-the-mouth inhabitants : the good old belly laugh.

It is starting laughing clubs in an effort to reach out to people “who have lost the power of laughter”, according to the Tehran-e Emrooz newspaper, which is linked to the city’s mayor, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf.

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