World Laughter Day

History of World Laughter Day?

World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.Dr. Kataria, a family doctor in India, was inspired to start the Laughter Yoga movement in part by the facial feedback hypothesis, which postulates that a person's facial expressions can have an effect on their emotions.The celebration of World Laughter Day is a positive manifestation for world peace and is intended to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter.It is most often celebrated by gatherings of people in public places with the sole purpose of laughing.Its popularity has grown exponentially[when?] with that of the Laughter Yoga movement now counting thousands of Laughter Clubs in more than 105 countries.

What Is World Laughter Day?

World Laughter Day is a free event that has been celebrated in Los Angeles on the first Sunday of May since 2005 at the initiative of Sebastien Gendry, creator of the Laughter Wellness method. It was first started in India in 1998 and now takes place in all the major capitals of the world and more cities. Its aim is to promote intentional laughter and its many healing benefits, and raise awareness about the many thousands of community laughter clubs around the world. (Several are in the Los Angeles area. See at the bottom of this page.)

Everybody knows that laughing and hugging feel good, but few realize how valuable these simple tools can be in improving our every day wellness and wellbeing. Laughter cannot heal or solve anything, but it can help to heal and dissolve everything. In such a gloomy economic climate we need to lighten up more than ever. Laughter is a positive and powerful emotion that has all the ingredients required for individuals to change themselves and to change the world in a peaceful and positive way.

Come discover a new happiness workout and meet our community! All are welcome. First we will all laugh together, then we’ll have a potluck party. Bring food to share!

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