Laughter Leaders and Teachers up and down the country and indeed all around the world are running laughter sessions in honour of this annual event.
World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. 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.
Its popularity has grown exponentially with that of the Laughter Yoga movement now counting thousands of Laughter Clubs in more than 72 countries.
I’ll be joining a laughter group on Sunday the 4th of May, if you would like to go to a laughter event just let me know and I’ll pass on details of laughter events that you can join in with.
I’ve included A Message From Dr. Madan Kataria – The Founder of Laughter Yoga to all around the world below.
Dear Laughter Friends,
Every first Sunday of May we celebrate World Laughter Day. It is intended to build up a global consciousness of health, happiness and world peace through laughter. If people all over the world are happy and healthy they will contribute to world peace.
Why are people not happy? It is because they look for happiness in the outer world. Laughter Yoga has taught us that the easiest way to be happy is to find happiness within. The motto of all Laughter Clubs is – “We don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.”
Despite modern advances people are falling sick. Stress is the root cause of more that 70-80 percent of illnesses. Depression is number one sickness while, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and cancer are becoming pandemic worldwide. Governments and individuals all over the world are finding it difficult to meet healthcare costs.
This is where Laughter Yoga is an ideal solution. It is the easiest, safest and the most economical solution for physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing.
Laughter Yoga is sweeping the world and is present in more than 72 countries. Apart from social Laughter Clubs, it is being practiced in companies, corporations, senior centers, schools colleges, universities, hospitals, fitness centers, physically mentally challenged organizations and prisons.
On this auspicious day we announce the commencement of Laughter Yoga University in Bangalore, India. This is a non-academic university and will teach people how to be happy and healthy. We are starting our teaching and training programs from August 2014.
Let us all stand for a minute and laugh heartily with our arms pointing skywards and send out the positive.
Until next time,