World Laughter Day

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2022 DateMay 1, 2022
2023 DateMay 7, 2023
World Laughter Day

World Laughter Day History

World Laughter Day seeks to encourage laughter around the world. This day views laughter as a universal language that can help connect people from different countries and cultures. According to, when you laugh, you undergo a positive change. This change affects you within and it can be used to help change the world around you. By sharing in the joy that comes from laughter, this day aims to create a worldwide community of people who believe in love, kindness, and compassion.

World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Laughter Yoga founder Dr. Madan Kataria. It is observed annually on the first Sunday of May.

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World Laughter Day Facts & Quotes

  • Laughter has many health benefits. Laughter can help relax the body, boost the immune system, trigger the release of endorphins, diffuse anger, and it may even possibly help you live longer.
  • [Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand - Mark Twain
  • Wesley Parsons, a farmer from Laurel, Indiana literally died from laughter. After almost an hour of laughing at a joke, he started to hiccup and hours later died from exhaustion.

World Laughter Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Laugh and laugh some more. Try to force laughter to bring about real laughter.
  • Attend the World Laughter Day Celebration by Laughter Yoga International in New Jersey and enjoy laughing with others. There is music and snacks too.
  • Download the Laughter Yoga Guide here
  • Arrange for a group laughter session with a leader of one of the many laughter clubs. If you are an employer, it can serve as good therapy for your employees.
  • Watch a funny movie or show. This list by has something for everyone.

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