National Let’s Laugh Day
National Let’s Laugh Day:
Celebrated annually on March 19th, the National Let’s Laugh Day is observed to acknowledge the importance of laughter in life. It is said that “Laughter is the best medicine” well, this is the day to take that medicine.
|2022||19th March||Sunday||United States|
|2023||19th March||Tuesday||United States|
|2024||19th March||Wednesday||United States|
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Why National Let’s Laugh Day?
It is amazing how laughter in daily life has become so scarce. In this current human civilization stage, the spirit of laughter and its importance is rarely looked at. Particularly since the pandemic, we have all hit low spots when you just can’t get yourself to feel positive, let alone laugh.
Studies have shown that laughter has a rejuvenating effect on the immune system, relieves tension, and helps you relax. Laughter is contagious and has the amazing capacity to uplift a place’s mood or a conversation with someone. It projects that a person is positive in nature and fun to hang out with. Even faking laughter has its own place in modern-day exercises in the form of laughter yoga. These classes force you to fake laughter to engage your abdominal muscles, lungs, arms, and facial muscles either by using humor or by following a laughter routine.
This is based on the principle that laughing burns calories. You might have experienced long bouts of laughter with people you know. The stomach ache that follows and lasts for around 10 minutes depicts laughter’s effects on the abdominal muscles. These 10-minute sessions of laughter burn more than 50 calories and improve hormonal secretion in the endocrine system. This further leads to increased metabolism, lesser intestinal spasms, and facilitates the secretion of dopamine into the body. Laughing also protects the heart as it improves the functioning of blood vessels by increasing blood flow and reducing chances of plaque build-up in the same.
As already mentioned, laughter is known to improve mood and easing anxiety and tension. It further relieves stress and improves overall mood and outlook towards things that happen in daily life. If one can find the good/positive in everything, he is sure to have reduced chances of depression and other mental health issues. Laughter transcends the language barrier to strengthen social interaction and relationships, helps defuse conflicts, enhances teamwork, and overall makes you an attractive person to be around.
Laughter comes naturally to humankind as well as animals. Ever since we evolved into homo-sapiens, we’ve found evidence of ancient humor in the form of pictographs that portray a man tripping over certain objects and the people around him laughing. This further elucidates the fact that laughter, as a reflex, has been instilled into human nature from the very beginning.
How can we observe National Let’s Laugh Day?
- Laughter all the way:
Take this day as an opportunity to catch a break and watch your favorite comedies/romantic comedies or the shows that you loved as a kid. Find things that will make you laugh. Try to make everyone around you laugh by attempting jokes and pranks.
Use your platforms to deliver awareness about the importance of laughter and the existence of the National Let’s Laugh Day. Educate the people you know about the various health benefits of laughing regularly.
- Show some love:
Post photos and videos of your favorite pranks, jokes, and comedy movie lists on your social media and use the #LetsLaughDay. Use humor to make someone’s day and reach out to people finding it tough to stay positive out there. Helping people by just trying to cheer them up has more effects than you might think.
Interesting facts on National Let’s Laugh Day:
Here are some laughter facts for you to enjoy the day:
- Laughter lowers cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the body. This inhibits the build-up of stress in the body. However, fake laughs will not do not have the same effects.
- Laughter soon after waking up has similar effects to the intake of a cup of coffee.
- Gelotology is the science of laughter and its various effects on the human body.
- An adult male laughs 15-30 times a day on average. Females laugh more than 30 times a day in some way or the other.
- The longest comedy stand-up show was recorded by David Scott, who made a routine of 40 hours and 8 minutes.
History of National Let’s Laugh Day:
The origin of National Let’s Laugh Day is fairly unknown. However, its regular celebration in March (spring in most parts of the world) has given it the date of March 19th so that it can be celebrated annually on the same day every year.