World Laughter Day is an annual event observed every year on the first Sunday of May to raise awareness about laughter and its healing benefits.
Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement was the one who arranged the first celebration on May 10, 1998, in Mumbai, India, which is being celebrated till date.
Worldwide, there are thousands of community groups known as Laughter Clubs, where people regularly practice simple intentional laughter techniques that help promote wellness and overall well-being.
- Relaxes Whole Body: Physical tension and stress can be relieved with laughter, as laughter can help muscles relax for up to 45 minutes after.
- Boosts Immune System: Laughter aids in the increase of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies and decreases stress hormones. Thereby, improving the individual's resistance to disease.
- Triggers the Release of Endorphins: Endorphins are the body's natural feel-good chemicals that help promote overall well-being and can also aid in relieving pain temporarily.
- Protects the Heart: Laughter helps improve the function of blood vessels. Also, increases the blood flow that helps protect against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
- Burns Calories: Laughing for about 10 to 15 minutes every day can burn around 40 calories.
- Lightens Anger's Heavy Load: Lightens anger's heavy load: Laughing can help look at problems from a different perspective and enables the individual to move on without holding onto bitterness or resentment.
- May Help Live Longer: A recent study in Norway has revealed that people with a strong sense of humor can live longer than those who hardly laugh.