World Laughter Day🤣

Category: Action
World Laughter Day around the world in 2023
Image by Frank Busch , from Unsplash. CC0

About World Laughter Day

How long until World Laughter Day?
World Laughter Day .
Dates of World Laughter Day
2024 InternationalMay 5
International Sun, May 5Observances Holiday
2023 InternationalMay 7
International Sun, May 7Observances Holiday
2022 InternationalMay 1
International Sun, May 1Observances Holiday
2021 InternationalMay 2
International Sun, May 2Observances Holiday
2020 InternationalMay 3
International Sun, May 3Observances Holiday
Find out the dates, history and traditions of World Laughter Day.

World Laughter Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year.

On May 10th 1998, the first celebration took place in Mumbai, India. It was arranged by Dr Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects

Laughter isn't just a quick pick-me-up, though. It's also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

Similar Observances

Read more about Single Tasking Day

Single Tasking Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Single Tasking Day.

Read More
Read more about Quiet Day

Quiet Day

"Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.” - Plutarch

Read More
Read more about International Day of Happiness

International Day of Happiness

Don't worry - be happy!

Read More
Read more about Denim Day

Denim Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Denim Day.

Read More

Other Observances on May 7th 2023

Read more about Day of the Soldier

Day of the Soldier

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Day of the Soldier in El Salvador.

Read More
Read more about Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Mother’s Day

Read More
Read more about Beaufort Scale Day

Beaufort Scale Day

Observed on the birthday of Sir Francis Beaufort, who was born on this day in 1774.

Read More
Read more about International Dawn Chorus Day

International Dawn Chorus Day

Find out the dates, history and traditions of International Dawn Chorus Day.

Read More
All events on May 7th 2023