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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gen Next has amazing goodness and humanitarian concern

Giving makes us feel happy. It is interesting to know what inspires the Gen Next to help the needy.

We groom hundreds of young officers on a continuous basis at the State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana), Indore. It is amazing to see so much of goodness and humanitarian concern in the younger generation. They just need some motivation and guidance.

“On the eve of independence day, my colleague Asish said let us do something good on the auspicious occasion and I was happy to join him 
as my mother always stressed the value of charity. 
We collected a handsome amount from the hundred odd probationers and trainee officers at the institute and donated it for the mentally challenged kids at a local school,” shared Pankaj.

Asish Mitra (left) who hails from Guwahati 
and Pankaj Karnade (Pune)
are freshly recruited probationary officers of 
the State Bank of India 
who are in Indore for a month long training at the foundation institute. 
They felt good as they sat through 
the cultural programme 
organized by the special kids 
on independence day 
at the school.

Sometime back, the faculty at the institute shared the news with trainees about a child from Nagda who was suffering from a rare disease. He was hospitalized in Indore and his parents had exhausted all funds. 

A young officer, Nida Haq, who had come from Lucknow, took lead and raised a good amount of contribution from her colleagues, faculty and staff at the institute and went to the hospital to see the child.

According to Nida, “Charity begins at home. Same is the case with me as well. I have seen my mom and dad doing all sorts of charity in my childhood. All this I have imbibed from them.”

Bijesh Mon B, who had come to the institute recently from Coimbatore, visited Rotary Paul Harris School for the mentally challenged children along with me for a laughter yoga session. He was so much moved by the innocence and affection of the special kids that he motivated his colleagues to contribute for a good cause. They donated a public address system to the school.

Bijesh felt, “The feel that prompted me to take up the cause is to help those who deserve. And the children from the school were special and deserved most. The push was a person leading as an example. How I felt could not be described by words. It was the only and most satisfying deed I have ever done so far. Even now a positive feel comes out when I think about it.”

As a part of our corporate social responsibility, we have provided a number of ceiling fans and a water purifier to the school. Rotarian Thakur Rajesh Singh Parmar acknowledged, “We are indeed grateful to the State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana) who have come forward with generous donations many a times to help the school run by Rotary Club of Indore.”

Jagat Singh Bisht
State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

SBI Grooms It's Young Officers With A Dash Of Laughter


Probationers of State Bank of India enjoying a session of Laughter Yoga in the evening after their Banking training at the Chetana Laughter Club, State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana), Indore.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

World Laughter Day, 5th May 2013

Laughter is the best tonic for body, mind and soul.

World Laughter Day is customarily celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year. This year on the 5th of May, the world will once again come together to laugh and spread the word of happiness and joy.

Nowadays people face enormous stress and are at war with themselves. Laughter is a positive and powerful emotion which helps people to change themselves and to change the world in a peaceful and positive way. Laughter is a universal language which has the potential to unite humanity.

This day is a celebration of the power of laughter to change the world. According to Dr Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Clubs Movement, “When we laugh, we change and when we change the whole world around us changes.”

On this auspicious occasion, may we appeal to the whole of humanity to use Laughter Yoga as a means to generate goodwill and also to lessen the pain caused by human insensitivity as well as natural calamities both of which have catastrophic consequences. While Laughter Yoga exercises will bring good health and well being, the inner spirit of laughter will help us to realize the deeper meaning of life.

By understanding the ways and means of sensible living through Laughter Clubs we can bring peace within us, which in turn will bring peace in the outer world. The Laughter Clubs movement is a global initiative to unite entire mankind through unconditional love and laughter.

It is a non-religious, non-racial, non-political and non-profit organization committed to generate good health, joy and world peace through laughter. This revolutionary idea has changed the lives of hundreds and thousands of people around the world and has helped them to attain a state of complete wellness.

Please spare a few moments to laugh heartily on World Laughter Day and pray silently for world peace.
Love and Laughter..
Jagat Singh Bisht


Thursday, April 4, 2013

World’s Happiest Workout – Laughter Yoga!

World Health Day (April 7)

Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine developed by Indian physician Dr Madan Kataria. It combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing (Pranayama) which brings in more oxygen to the body and brain making one feel more energetic and healthy.

According to Dr Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner, “Deep breathing techniques increase oxygen to the cells and are the most important factors in living a disease-free and energetic life. When cells get enough oxygen, cancer will not and cannot occur.”

It provides an excellent cardio and mid-body workout. The heart rate increase in one minute of hearty laughter can take 10 minutes to achieve on exercise machines. Dr William Fry states that laughter is a good aerobic exercise and one minute of hearty laughter is equal to 10 minutes of rowing or jogging. Laughter is a combination of deep inhalation and full exhalation, inspiring excellent ventilation, wonderful rest and profound release.

Everyone knows laughter is the best medicine and is good for health but in this high pressure, high tension world, there are not many reasons that make us laugh. In order to get the scientifically proven benefits of laughter, one must laugh for 15 to 20 minutes a day and the laughter should be hearty and loud. This is not possible in real life as natural laughter is conditional and comes for a few seconds here and there and is not enough to bring health benefits. Through Laughter Yoga one can laugh for an extended period of time and heartily because it is being done as a physical exercise and not a mental process.

It decreases the negative effects of stress on your body which is the root cause of all illnesses. Laughter Yoga is a single exercise that deals with physical, mental and emotional stress simultaneously. It also strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, controls blood sugar and keeps your heart healthy. It is a powerful antidote against depression – the number one sickness today.

Laughter can dislodge blocked emotions stored in the body. Suppressed emotions can cause ongoing physical, mental and emotional problems. Their release can be life changing. Laughter provides an excellent non-violent method for emotional release and catharsis.

Laughter Yoga is the latest Health Craze sweeping the world where anyone can laugh without any reason. It is truly a life changing experience for millions. Anyone can do it; it is scientifically proven, easy to learn and a lot of fun. People can feel the benefits right from the very first session.

- Jagat Singh Bisht