“What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh!” ~Agnes Repplier
Today is World Laughter Day, customarily celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year. Currently, this day is observed in more than 70 countries around the world. Everybody knows laughter is the best medicine, but many people think it also has the potential to unite mankind. Laughter is a universal language that bridges the boundaries of race and religion. The laughter movement is a global initiative committed to generate health, joy, and peace through unconditional love and laughter. Laughter is a powerful emotional response that helps people to change themselves and influence the world in a positive way.
The Laughter Arts and Sciences Foundation (LASF) has a mission:
(1) To promote education and training about the benefits of laughter, humor and mirth.
(2) To promote public awareness of the value and importance of laughter, humor and mirth.
(3) To promote research that will improve our understanding of how & why laughter, humor and mirth work effectively in human beings.
(4) To enhance the contribution of science and the arts to the understanding and appreciation of laughter; to support and create programs that capitalize on laughter to improve human relations, peace, and harmony in the world.
The LASF website has additional information on World Laughter Day, information about National Humor Month (April), and a link to a “Funny Literacy Project: using humor to help kids enjoy reading.”
See also: The Health Benefits of Humor – Learn how to harness the powerful health benefits of laughter.
Did you know…? Laughing releases “feel good” chemicals in our brain, and the mere act of smiling can improve our outlook and help lift our mood. So practice finding the humor in situations – even if it means learning to laugh at yourself! 🙂