World Laughter Day is celebrated to emphasise and spread the awareness of laughter and its health benefits. The first Sunday of May is celebrated as world laughter day.
Dr. Madan Kataria inspired to start the World Laughter Day and in 1998. It’s celebrated in over 70 countries worldwide as Laughter Yoga movement. The celebration instils positive vibrations around mankind and it is known to create bonds in term of friendship and brotherhood among people of all ages.
Laughter can be the best solution for any problem and has the potential to unite people across the geographies. This year, the celebration goes virtual due to the pandemic. The mission is to stay healthy, happy and peaceful on this world laughter day. There are several community groups around the world known as Laughter Clubs where the participants regularly practice simple laughter techniques that promote wellness and overall well-being.
Laughing is a way to relieve stress and pain. This day is to raise awareness about laughter and its several healing benefits.
Here is how laughter is important to health:
- “Laughter is one of the strongest medicines in the world”.
- A good, hearty laugh alone with yoga, leaves the muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.
- Laughter is said to lower the physical tension in our bodies.
- It relieves us from tension, stress, depression and work pressures.
- It’s a good exercise for burning calories. A 15 mins laughing session can burn about 40 calories.
- Boosts immune system of our body: This helps in immunity power in the body which helps to stay healthy.
- Laughing triggers the release of endorphins. It is a natural feel-good chemical and temporarily relieves pain.
- It lightens anger’s heavy load. You start looking at the funny side of a problem. This changes ones perspective of looking at problems.
- Laughing improves the functioning of the heart and the cardiovascular system.
- Last but not the least – Increases Quality years of life.
Laughing is and will always, be the best form of therapy.