World Laughter Day – January 10
World Laughter Day Celebrated for the first time on 10th January 1998, world laughter day aimed to promote peace and love in the world. It was announced by founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.
But as seen for today, apart from trying to develop a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter the world laughter day becomes the key to relieve from the psychiatric disorders. Where ever there is a smile, there is a little success. As we can comprehend, psychiatric patient is most greedy for affection and love. They can only be spread through laughter and smiles.
Many different projects are organized every year on the day. Some of them are, 1000 red noses, decorate a smiley, giggle boxes, and funny literacy etc.
One of Dr. Kataria’s objectives for Laughter Yoga is to promote world peace through laughter. Some people find this idea fanciful, but an understanding of the science of emotions and emotional contagion in particular shows how this might be achieved. The practice of Laughter Yoga causes the body to release certain ‘Feel Good’ hormones into the bloodstream related to feelings of happiness, warmth, unconditional love, bonding, tolerance, forgiveness, generosity, and compassion. Let’s call this a joy cocktail. The presence of this ‘Joy Cocktail’ of hormones and neuro-peptides precludes the production of other hormones and neuro-peptides that correspond with hatred, fear, violence, jealousy, aggression and the emotions associated with war and oppression.
By practicing Laughter Yoga in groups, the level of this Joy cocktail is raised to high concentrations through the multiplier effect: people leaving Laughter Yoga sessions go forth and interact with many people who are in turn affected to varying degrees by this powerful emotional state of joy. They in turn ‘infect’ other people they come into contact with. You can experience this ‘chain reaction’ after your very first Laughter Yoga session. Not only will you cheer up your friends and family but you may also cheer up the bus driver and others on your bus, the people you work with, the staff at the shop and more. They in turn will cheer up others, and so on. By having tens of thousands of laughter clubs all over the world, it will create a positive energy which will change the consciousness of the globe for the better. Actually, the formula for world peace is very simple – one person at a time multiplies it and spread it…
“When you laugh, you change and when you change the whole world changes around you.” Dr. Madan Kataria
Nowadays, people face enormous stress and are at war with themselves. Laughter is a positive and powerful emotion which helps people to change themselves and to change the world in a peaceful and positive way. Laughter is a universal language which has the potential to unite humanity without religion. It establishes a common link between various religions and creates a new world order.
All the religions also have a great reward for smiling to fellow people. Islam has called smiling, an un-ending charity.
Every day must be a laughter day, for spreading smiles, and happiness on the faces around. Because as rightly said by Charlie Chaplin.