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World Laughter Day 2024: History, Quotes and 5 Good Things Laughter Does

World Laughter Day falls on the first Sunday in May every year. This time the festivities will take place on May 5. On this special day, individuals around the world come together in laughter clubs, often gathering in parks or other communal areas. Although laughter is typically a spontaneous response, it can also be deliberately cultivated to provide numerous health benefits, including stress reduction and improved emotional well-being.

Laughter promotes a more positive outlook on life and helps people recover from sadness. World Laughter Day serves as a platform to raise awareness of the profound health benefits associated with overall happiness.

World Laughter Day: History and Meaning

In 1988, Dr. introduced Madan Kataria, the founder of the laughter yoga movement, uses World Laughter Day as a means to highlight the profound impact of facial expressions on health.

This global celebration originated in a laughter club in Mumbai 25 years ago and has since grown into a joyful event commemorated worldwide in diverse and imaginative ways.

World Laughter Day is not just about having fun; it also highlights the importance of laughter in maintaining optimal mental and physical health. By promoting laughter, World Laughter Day can play a role in cultivating a more harmonious world.

Laughter has the remarkable ability to bring people together, foster a sense of community and connection, break down barriers and promote mutual understanding. Through shared laughter, World Laughter Day promotes unity and empathy.

World Laughter Day: 5 good things that laughter does

  1. When we experience stress, our body releases the hormone cortisol. However, laughter has the remarkable ability to lower cortisol levels, allowing us to manage stress effectively.
  2. When we laugh, endorphins are released in our body, which makes us feel happy.
  3. Laughter helps regulate heart rate, improve heart function and lower blood pressure.
  4. Laughter can also help us build bonds with others, even strangers, and promote constructive conversation.
  5. Laughter is recognized as a way to lighten and improve our mood, creating a positive outlook on life

World Laughter Day: Quotes

  1. “We don’t laugh because we are happy – we are happy because we laugh.” – William James
  2. “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin
  3. “Laughter heals all wounds, and that is something everyone has in common. Whatever you are going through, it makes you forget your problems. I think the world needs to keep smiling.” – Kevin Hart
  4. “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t smile.” – Maya Angelou
  5. “The human race has only one truly effective weapon and that is laughter.” – Mark Twain.

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    first print: May 5, 2024 06:10 IST