World Laughter Day!
What’s a laughing circle? Just what the name implies: a circle of laughing people! Why laugh? The healthful, mood-boosting benefits of laughter have been well documented. Here are just 3 reasons to be part of this celebration:
-it’s a great energizer
-it’s marvelous for stress relief
World Laughter Day is celebrated in many countries. Held on the first Sunday of May each year, participants believe in the power of laughter to heal, to express happiness, to release helpful endorphins, to improve health and well being.
The Laughing Club concept was created in 1995 by Dr. Maden Kataria and his wife, Madhuri, of India. Clubs are now found worldwide—at healthcare centers, workplaces, assisted living facilities, schools, senior centers, health clubs…anywhere people want more laughter.
Locally, the Laughing Club of Northeast Ohio meets every Saturday at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, at 10:00 a.m., and welcomes new participants. Founded by Akron resident Carol Bailey Floyd (330-414-3505; firstname.lastname@example.org), the club makes frequent appearances at hospitals, civic and business venues. Recently, for example, the group demonstrated a laughing circle and explained the benefits of laughter at The Laurel Lake Community Center in Hudson, Ohio. Annually, the group cheers on participants in the Akron Marathon. Many of the runners now watch for the Laughing Club contingent, looking forward to the group’s enthusiastic encouragement—and ridiculous headgear (worn specifically for the race) as they rush past.
For more information about Akron’s World Laughter Day celebration or the Laughing Club, contact Carol Bailey Floyd. Further information about the laughter concept can be found at: www.laughteryoga.org or www.worldlaughtertour.com.