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.
Apart from social laughter clubs, now Laughter Yoga is being practiced in companies, senior centers, colleges, schools, hospitals, fitness studios, physically mentally challenged organizations and prisons etc.
We are surrounded with a sea of negativity - violence, natural disasters, global warming, bad economy and other stressors. It has become almost a challenge to maintain a positive mental state. With such insecurities and high stress levels it is not easy to stay healthy. Despite modern advances people are falling sick. Depression is number one sickness while diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer are becoming pandemic worldwide. Governments all over the world are finding it difficult to meet health care costs.
This is where Laughter Yoga is an ideal solution. It is the easiest, safest and the most cost effective solution for physical, mental, social and spiritual well being. It contributes powerfully to maintain health and happiness of the individuals. In fact, United Nations has already endorsed Bhutan’s proposition of measuring nations’ Gross happiness Index rather than GDP. If people all over the world are not happy and healthy, they will not have peace within, thereby leading to discontentment and hostility in this world.
The motto of all Laughter Clubs is – “We don't laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.” Unconditional laughter has the power to change the inner chemistry and make us feel good inside. When you feel good inside the way we see the outer world changes. Inner change is the key to see the change in the outer world.
Laughter is a positive energy. While Laughter Yoga exercises bring good health and well being, the Inner Spirit of Laughter will help us to understand the deeper meaning of life. By understanding the ways and means of sensible living through Laughter Clubs we can bring peace within us and inner peace will bring peace in the outer world.
In Laughter Clubs we have a simple formula for world peace: When you laugh, you change and when you change, the world changes around you.
WLD celebration is the congregation of laughter club members, their families and friends at some important landmark in their city like big squares, public parks or auditoriums and laugh collectively. They pray for world peace.
We invite you to join us WLD celebrations and be a part of spreading the message of good health, joy and world peace.