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 it builds up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter.

Its popularity has grown exponentially with that of the Laughter Yoga movement and the World Laughter Day event is being celebrated in more than 70 countries around the world on the first Sunday of May.

In 2020 we celebrate the day on Sunday, 3rd May. Save the day!

Please note. As we are facing a life alrtering situation around the world the World Laughter Day Celebrations will be held online on Zoom, Skype and other online platforms. Please keep an eye out for listing of the events in these pages.

“HAPPY-DEMIC” was the first World Laughter Day gathering outside India where more than 10,000 people gathered at Town Hall Square in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the year 2000.

It was the largest ever gathering where people laughed and bonded together, and the event went into the Guinness Book of World records.

“When you laugh, you change and when you change the whole world changes around you.”

Dr. Madan Kataria

Why World Laughter Day?

Today, many people fear widespread international challenges. The world has never faced so much unrest before. People are at war within themselves.

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 forces Laughter is a universal language, which has the potential to unite humanity without religion.

One of Dr. Kataria’s objectives for Laughter Yoga is to promote world peace through laughter.

Some people find this idea fanciful, but an understanding of the science of emotions and emotional contagion in particular shows how this might be achieved.

The practice of Laughter Yoga causes the body to release certain ‘Feel Good’ hormones into the bloodstream related to feelings of happiness, warmth, unconditional love, bonding, tolerance, forgiveness, generosity, and compassion.

Let’s call this a joy cocktail. The presence of this ‘Joy Cocktail’ of hormones and neuro-peptides precludes the production of other hormones and neuro-peptides that correspond with hatred, fear, violence, jealousy, aggression and the emotions associated with war and oppression.

Actually, the formula for world peace is very simple – one person at a time multiplies it and spread it.

Visit National and International Sites

The list of event links will grow as we approach to3rd May 2020.

On World Laughter Day in 2020 all celebrations will take place online on Zoom, Skype and other platforms. Please find your event on

Watch this space!

Google Maps of Laughter Professionals around the UK

We look forward to seeing you!

When and Where to we celebrate World Laughter Day?

World Laughter Day takes place on Sunday 1st May 2022 and around the UK Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers are busy planning and co-ordinating the event.

Please make sure you return to these pages closer to World Laughter Day to check for an event in your area. For more details please email info@worldlaughterday.co.uk.

World Laughter Day on Google Maps click on the link or on the map below.