World Laughter Day

Laughter.  If you’re like me, you’ve had very little of that in your life lately.  Frankly, when a laugh unexpectedly pops out, it rather surprises me … an unrecognized, rather rusty sound … and I find myself looking around … wha-whazzat?

Well, despite all the news, today is World Laughter Day, so you might as well pack up those scowls and frowns for a day, for we are gonna laugh!  The news will still be there tomorrow.

Laughing is one the cheapest and by far the most pleasant form of therapy in the world. It has the power to heal not only your soul but also your body. It relaxes your whole body, relieves physical tension and boosts your immune. It works as an antidote for pain, stress, and conflict. Nothing works faster to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh.

Laughter is a universal language. It inspires hope, connects you to others. It keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you release anger and forgive sooner.  Just a simple smile or slight giggle can completely alter the atmosphere and mood of the surroundings. Laughter has the power to heal and renew.  According to one study, laughter improves the function of blood vessels. It increases the blood flow, protects you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Hence, to mark the importance of laughter, World Laughter Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year.  The World Laughter Day was first celebrated on May 10, 1998, in Mumbai, India. The day was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.  Dr. Kataria is a family doctor in India who was inspired to start the Laughter Yoga movement in part by the facial feedback hypothesis, which postulates that a person’s facial expressions can have an effect on their emotions.

And now, rather than talking about laughing … Let Us Laugh!!!


I was waiting at a small train station when a man put up a sign regarding my train: “30-Minute Delay.” “What happened?” I asked. “The train went off the rails,” he said. “How long will that take to fix?” “Quite a few hours.” “So why put up a sign saying it would take 30 minutes?” “It’s the only sign we have.”


Our booking office had three phones. One day during lunch, I was responsible for answering all of them. It was a constant repeat of “May I help you?” or “Will you hold?” I guess I got confused because I surprised one man on the other end of the line when I answered his call with, “May I hold you?”


Man: CAN I HAVE A BURGER AND CHIPS?

Librarian: This is a library!

Man: (whispers) Can I have a burger and chips?


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Well, friends, I hope you at least smiled, or maybe even chuckled … without Jolly to help, I don’t always do humour well, and Jolly, as it happens, is off on a picnic with his girlfriend Joyful!

Jollys girlfriend Joyful    picnic    jolly

44 thoughts on “World Laughter Day

    • I would have missed it but for Ellen reminding me in an email!!! What would I do without her? Glad you enjoyed it, and I’ll pop over and check out your Dr. Seuss post in just a minute! Sorry I’ve been in absentia lately … just not enough time!!! I must be getting inefficient in my dotage! Hugs!

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      • I guessed that Ellen was behind it! 🙂She is a true gem and so full of knowledge!
        I know you are so busy, no apology needed! The posts are there whenever you are ready and I always grateful for your time! 🙂

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  1. Quite a few smiles from me, and a laugh at the chickens playing with their children. The Pickles was spot on at the moment….it is hard to keep track of the days. Keep laughing yourself Jill.

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    • I’m so glad to have pulled some smiles and a laugh from you! Yes, the days do all blend together, and on Friday I find myself saying, in a monotone, “Friday. whoopee.” I try, my friend, to find something to laugh about each day … some days I even succeed!

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  2. I’m with pickles..since I retired I have no blessed idea what the day is…unless I look at the date on my computer then look up at the calendar…….for some reason, today is 5/3/2020 yet my calendar says it is February sumthin………….

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      • yea..i did and was amazed that I have invented ….TIME TRAVEL! I blasted thru several months in just a minute! woohoo, who’da guessed? Now to figure out how to go backwards to 2015 and make melania control her hubby BEFORE he thought about being POTUS!

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        • TIME TRAVEL!!! Oooohhhh … I must try that! If you manage to go back to 2015 and speak with Melania, just advise her to place a pillow over his face in the middle of the night and hold it for … oh, about 10 minutes ought to do it.

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