World Laughter Day is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of May and this year it falls on 2nd May.The day is celebrated to raise awareness about laughter and its many healing benefits. More than 70 countries around the world are celebrating World Laughter Day on this occasion
About World Laughter Day
i.The first world laughter day was celebrated on 10th May 1998 in Mumbai,India organised by Dr.Madan Kataria.
ii.Dr. Madan started the Laughter Yoga movement in 1995 with an aim that facial feedback hypothesis postulates that a person’s facial expressions can have an effect on their emotions. It builds a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter.
iii.”HAPPY-DEMIC” was the first World Laughter Day gathering outside India. It took place at Town Hall Square in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2000, more than 10,000 people were gathered.
iv.The gathering was the largest, people together laughed and bonded in such a way that the event went into the Guinness Book of World records.
Health Benefits of Laughter:
- Produces a general sense of well-being
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduce stress hormone levels
- Improve cardiac health
- Triggers the release of endorphins
- Boosts T-cells
This day is celebrated by the members of laughter club members,families and friends by organizing events,entertainment programs,music,dance and laughter contests in the city squares,parks and other public gatherings