World Laughter Day

World Laughter Day Quick Facts

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2020 DateMay 3, 2020
2021 DateMay 2, 2021
World Laughter Day

World Laughter Day History

World Laughter Day is a day where people meet in public to laugh. The goal is to force laughter to induce real laughter. According to some sources, the celebration was started by an Indian doctor named Madan Kataria. He was inspired on a book and adapted into the concept above, which he named the Laughter Yoga movement.

World Laughter Day Facts & Quotes

  • Laughter has many health benefits. According to helpguide.org, it helps relax the body, boost the immune system, trigger the release of endorphins, protect the heart, burn calories, diffuse anger, and possibly helps 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 filmsite.org has something for everyone.

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