World Laughter Day | First Sunday of May

Lighten up! Learn about World Laughter Day and its founder, Dr. Kataria, as well as the scientific research behind the positive benefits of laughter.

World Laughter Day
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Laughter Yoga is a movement Dr. Kataria started in 1998. Simply put, strangers assembled in groups just to laugh and soon became friends. As infectious as laughter itself, Laughter Yoga is now practiced around the world. Reap the benefits of laughter and make it part of your routine.


Dr. Madan Kataria

By: Wendy Jewell
Dr. Madan Kataria has started a revolution of joy and laughter that is spreading around the world.

World Laughter Day

By: Hannah Bodnar
Short video on the history of World Laughter Day made by MY HERO Intern Hannah Bodnar.

Laughter Yoga | Laughing for Fitness // 60 Second Docs

Produced by:60 second docs
Jeffrey Briar trains members of the Laughter Yoga Institute, a laughing club in Laguna Beach, California that works on the principle that the body cannot differentiate between “real” and deliberate laughter.

i Luv Laughing Yoga

Producer: Wendy Milette & Jeanne Meyers
Dorothy finds healing and joy
with the Laguna Laughter Yoga club!

We know that, according to the science of laughter, just watching someone laugh can make us laugh. Or that by deliberately laughing, we can start laughing for real!

But let's not forget our comedy heroes--now we know they not only make us feel better, they also make us healthier by living to make us laugh.

MY HERO Stories

Ellen DeGeneres

By: Victoria from San Diego
"Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others." -Ellen DeGeneres

Robin Williams - Just a Man

By: Jake Conlon
Robin Williams was an actor and comedian, named the funniest person of all time by Business Insider.

Eddie Murphy

By: Shannah from Clarksville
I've always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself.

Charlie Chaplin

By: Lindsay Davis

Lucille Ball

By: Samantha from Andalusia
Lucille Ball: A Hero in Disguise

Will Rogers

By: Rebecca Miller
Will Rogers was a beloved humorist and humanitarian.

Dr. Patch Adams

By: Kelly Stephenson
Dr. Patch Adams gives the practice of medicine a humorous twist.

Jim Carrey

By: Matthew Gratzl from Del Norte
Jim Carrey is an actor, impersonator and eccentric comedian.

Matt Groening

By: Emilio from California

Bob Hope

By: Craig from San Diego


By: Nicolas from France
Coluche was a French humorist who created an organization to feed the poor.

Art Work

World Laughter Day Celebrated by Ireland Laughing Yoga

By: Ireland Laughing Yoga

Robin Williams by Marilyn Huerta

By: Marilyn Huerta
Comedian and actor Robin Williams as portrayed by Marilyn Huerta

The Many Faces of Jim Carrey

By: Michael from Newark

Robin Williams- Thank you for Making Us Laugh

By: Ben Heine
Ben Heine creates a memorial portrait of Robin Williams

Ellen Degeneres by Quinn, student from CA

By: Quinn from Laguna
Ellen Degeneres uses humor and compassion to engage audiences for issues like social justice and animal rights

Bob Hope

By: Sydney from Westerville

Teachers: Use the MY HERO Lesson Plan for World Laughter Day in your classroom. Includes discussion guide and learning outcome.

More Multimedia Content about Heroes Who Make us Laugh

Comedian Heroes

By: MY HERO Staff
Comedians live to make us laugh, change our perspective, and enjoy life.


Organizer created on 4/16/2014 7:01:04 PM by Becky Miller

Last edited 4/29/2024 8:00:17 AM by Abigail Richardson