World Laughter Day

World Laughter Day is observed next on Sunday, May 4th, 2025 (320 days from today).

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Every year, on the first Sunday of May, World Laughter Day raises awareness about laughter and the many healing benefits it offers.

Everyone knows that laughing feels good, but few realize how valuable these simple tools can be in improving our daily health and well-being. Laughter can't solve anything, however, it can help heal and dissolve everything. That is what World Laughter Day means! It is a day where everyone can relieve stress and laugh.

Some interesting truths about Laughter

Laughter is beneficial to your health. It is indeed, one of the greatest medications on the planet. It is useful to enhance your immunity, improve your health, reduce stress, and safeguard people from the consequences of stress. A good chuckle is one of the most effective ways to make your mind and body become balance, which is very effective because it is free and easy to do but useful a lot.

Laughing brings us a lot of benefits such as boost your psychological, deepen your bonds, and extend your life. Therefore, you obtain opportunity to laugh every time you can even if people are giving you weird glances. According to the result of many studies, people with laughing regularly will live much longer because of being better and are happier. Every year, World Laughter Day is celebrated to commemorate the significance of laughter.

Health benefits of laughter

  • Creates a general sense of well-being - One of the main benefits associated with laughter is that you generally feel better! If you smile a lot, you will become a more positive person and this can impact your life in many different ways.
  • Endorphin Release is activated - Endorphins are your body's natural pain relievers. They are released when you laugh. This can help you feel better while at the same time alleviating chronic pain.
  • T-cell booster - Laughter can also boost T-cells. These are specialized cells in your immune system that are simply waiting to be activated. When you laugh, T cells are revived and they can help you fight disease. So the next time you feel like you've caught a cold, why not add a little chuckle and giggles to your prevention strategy?
  • Improves Heart Health - Laughter is an exceptional cardiovascular exercise, especially for those who are unable to do other types of physical activity because of illness or injury. It will help your heart pump blood, allowing you to burn an equal amount of calories you would burn while walking at a slow to moderate pace.
  • Good for your abs - Another benefit of laughter is to improve your abs a lot. The muscles in your abdomen begin to expand and contract when you laugh. This is similar to when you purposefully train your abs. At the same time, muscles that are not used when you laugh will have a chance to relax. What better way to get a toned abs than to have a big smile?
  • Lowering Stress Hormone Levels – In addition, laughter also helps to reduce your stress hormone levels! This helps to reduce the stress and anxiety affecting your body. What's more, a decrease in stress hormones can make the immune system more active.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure - Last but not least, laughing can lower your blood pressure, which can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

History of World Laughter Day

The first gathering of “World Laughter Day” took place in Mumbai, India, on January 11, 1998. 12,000 members from local and international Laughter Clubs came together for a laugh out loud (this number is valid because it is the number of meals that were served).

“HAPPY-DEMIC” is the first World Day of Laughter to be celebrated outside of India. It took place on January 9th, 2000, in Copenhagen, Denmark with more than 10,000 participants in Town Hall Square. This event is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Nowadays, World Laughter Day is commemorated on the first Sunday of May every year in most big cities around the world. Hundreds of people (often thousands) gather around the world on that day to laugh together.

The usual form of a WLD celebration is to gather laughter club members, their families and friends at some important place in their city such as a large square, a public park or the audience laughing together. In India, members of the Laughter Club often conduct a march for peace. They carried banners and banners such as “World peace through laughter, the whole world is an open family, Join the community laughter club - it's free!". After walking for a while, they stopped to do a few laughter yoga exercises and then continued. At the end of the march, they laughed together for 10 minutes or so and then read Dr. Kataria's message about World Peace followed by a variety of entertainment including music, dance and laughter competitions, for example, the most smiling man / woman / child / elder, etc. The winner is a person who has the most inspiring, natural, and effortless laugh.

How to celebrate World Laughter Day

Do you have any ideals for your celebration? In fact, it is extremely fun to take part in with your friends and your relatives. All you need is to have a good laugh. If you're feeling sad or depressed, watch a funny movie like Best in Show, Big, Clueless, Dumb and Dumber, Office Space, or Wayne's World. You may also want to listen to funny comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, or Ellen DeGeneres. Please refer some interesting ways for World Laughter Day’s celebration:

  • Tell someone a funny joke
  • Look up inspirational quotes about laughter
  • Upload a funny photo about your celebration on social media with the hashtag #WorldLaughterDay
  • Read a funny book


World Laughter Day has been observed the first Sunday in May.


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Founded by

Dr. Madan Kataria in 1998

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