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World Laughter Day is celebrated in many countries on the first Sunday of May. The main purpose is to raise citizens’ awareness of laughter, its positive and healing properties.


World Laughter Day founder is family doctor in the Indian city of Mumbai, Madan Katira. The idea arose from the associations of Laughter Yoga, whose masters teach people to increase the concentration of happiness’ hormones, feel all-encompassing love, forgiveness, compassion and happiness. This is a special practice by which people become happier using a common skill – laughter.

Madan Katira practiced the Yoga of Laughter, which can dissolve all adversity and even cure illness. In 1998, she organized the first laughter day in Mumbai, which was joined by thousands of members of local and international Laugh Clubs.

Interesting Facts

In order for the world to become better and kinder, each person must start with himself, bringing more positive into his life.

  1. Laughter (both intentional and spontaneous) has a positive psychological effect. Activating the muscles responsible for a smile helps to improve mood, get rid of bad thoughts and depression.
  2. Laughter activates endorphins. Throwing them away makes you feel better and relieves pain.
  3. In the process of laughter, immune cells are activated.
  4. During laughter, abdominal muscles work actively.
  5. Laughter lowers blood pressure, so risk of a heart attack or stroke is reduced.

If every inhabitant of the planet Earth becomes more positive, kind, the general atmosphere on our planet will change for the better.

How to celebrate

The best way to celebrate is to laugh a lot. You can watch comedy films, shows, join the Laugh Club. Another option is filling a box with funny jokes and distribute them to passersby, raising the mood for everyone.

When is World Laughter Day Celebrated in 2022?

World Laughter Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on the first Sunday in May each year.