World Laughter Day 2012
The World Laughter Day, organised every year on the first Sunday in May,
was celebrated this year on May 6, 2012. The first “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 over 5000 Laughter Clubs worldwide on all 5
continents). The first “World Laughter Day” gathering took place in Mumbai, India, on 11th of January 1998. 12,000 members from local
and international Laughter Clubs joined together in a mega laughter session.
The first World Laughter Day gathering outside India was Happy-Demic. It
took place on 9th January 2000 In Copenhagen, Denmark and more than 10,000 people gathered at Town Hall Square. “World Laughter Day” is
now organized on the first Sunday of May every year.
The celebration of World Laughter Day was meant to be a positive
manifestation for world peace and to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter, the website of Laughter
Yoga International claims. Its popularity has grown exponentially with
that of the Laughter Yoga movement which is now counting over 8,000 Laughter Clubs worldwide.
Laughter is a positive and
powerful emotion that has all the ingredients required for individuals
to change themselves and to change the world in a peaceful and positive way. It directly impacts one’s electro-magnetic field and
creates a positive aura around that person. When a group of individuals laugh together, they create a collective community aura.
Electromagnetic waves from a group who are laughing every day form a protective envelope around that area to protect it from negative
Laughter is a universal language, which has the potential to unite
humanity without religion. Laughter can establish a common link between various religions and create a new world order. The idea may
sound over-ambitious, and maybe it is. But maybe it is not. It is our deep belief that laughter and only laughter can unite the world,
building up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship.
"The science of laughter is in its early stage," said Dr. Robert
Provine, author of "Laughter: A Scientific Investigation." He explained
that laughter is an ancient vocalization stemming from the panting of animals' rough- and- tumble play.
"It's difficult to separate the cognitive, from the social, from the physical aspects of laughing," Provine added. "Is simply going 'ha ha
ha' going to give you the same presumed benefits of genuine laughter?"
Do not dislike or hate other people. Love them unconditionally. We cannot
remove negativity, violence and terrorism through war. War brings more war. Ancient wisdom says that you can never remove darkness. Darkness
does not have identity. A small spark of light in a dark room makes darkness disappear. But a small darkness cannot affect the light
in a room. Let our laughter be the light in the darkness. Let us
love our enemies unconditionally and we will have peace within ourselves and bring peace to the world.
Research probes the intricacies of the mind-body connection, investigators have developed a particular focus on the possible health
benefits of laughter. Some of the more prominent work has come from the cardiovascular arena.
The goal of laughter yoga is to breathe and to laugh, not because anyone
has cracked a joke, but because laughter is a playful, social, contagious thing. The "yoga" label is a bit of a misnomer. There are no
downward dogs or inversions, just people coming together, usually for free, for a short session of laughter. And it has become something of a
global phenomenon. According to Laughter Yoga International, <http://www.laughteryoga.org/>
a group led by the founder of Laughter Yoga and Mumbai-based physician
Dr. Madan Kataria, there are about 6,000 laughter clubs across the globe. In the past decade, more than 400 have cropped up here in the
U.S., and organizers expect a few thousand will celebrate "World Laughter Day" on Sunday.
Laughter yoga is not about happiness. It is about joy. Happiness is
fleeting, but joy can light our lives like a flame giving us strength and purpose. It is easy to become joyful through laughter exercises
and developing our childlike playfulness. Happiness is a complex mental decision. Joyfulness through laughter is the fastest way to
create a positive state of mind. With a positive state of mind our
world quickly becomes a great place to be. Joy teaches us to enjoy what we have today and every day. It gives our life a
positive new purpose and meaning.
Laughter yoga is a fun and easy exercise that increases the net supply of
oxygen to our body and brain and teaches us to breath properly. Laughter yoga has helped tens of thousands of people to reduce stress
levels, to bounce back from depression and to recover their health and wellbeing.
Have a good laugh
For a good laugh read a book of jokes, rent a funny movie or watch your favorite sit-com
or stand-up comedian. Laughing – even when you feel like crying fromagony – can relax muscles, reduce stress, relieve pain and even boost
your immune system. Take your giggles a step farther and try laughter yoga, mix a workout with laughter therapy.
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