World Laughter Day

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World Laughter Day takes place on the first Sunday of May of every year .[1] The first celebration was on January 10, 1998, in Mumbai, India, and was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.[2]

Laughter Yoga says: 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.

The day is now celebrated worldwide. [2] [3]


World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.[2] 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. [4] [2]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.[3] It is most often celebrated by gatherings of people in public places with the sole purpose of laughing.[2] Its popularity has grown exponentially[when?] with that of the Laughter Yoga movement now counting thousands of Laughter Clubs in more than 100 countries.


  1. ^ Monica Guzman (2009-05-01). "Harborview to mark World Laughter Day". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Nerenberg, Albert. "World Laughter Day: How a Laughing Fit Sparked an International Movement". Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Ritman, Alex (May 6, 2012). "It's World Laughter Day". The National. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Grinnell, Renee. "Facial Feedback Hypothesis". Retrieved July 24, 2015. 

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