World Laughter Day
Today is World Laughter Day. World Laughter Day is celebrated the first Sunday in May. This celebration is the result of Laughter Yoga.
Dr. Madan Kataria started Laughter Yoga on March 13, 1995, in Mumbai, India. He wanted to do something to promote the benefits of laughter.
The first Laughter Yoga sessions were people telling jokes. Soon the jokes became offensive. Dr. Kataria invented simple exercises that forced laughter. Forced laughter soon became genuine.
The concept behind Laughter Yoga is laughing for no reason. With jokes, you have to understand the language and the joke to laugh. There are no jokes and nothing to understand with Laughter Yoga. You force yourself to laugh, for no reason, and soon you are laughing for a reason: no reason. Because laughter is contagious, forced laughter becomes genuine quicker in large groups of people. This is why Laughter Clubs are popular.
The benefits of laughter ae the same whether it’s forced laughter, or genuine laughter. As Dr. Kataria says, “You fake it til you make it.”
Laughter—what a natural way to get high!