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World Laughter Day being observed across the globe
This morning in the JLN Circle Park, Jaipur, right from morning Laughter Yoga sessions were being held. It was the World Laughter Day which takes place on the first Sunday of May of every year. This year, it fell on May 5 to be observed worldwide with an aim of promoting world peace, harmony, brotherhood and friendship among all.

The observance has its origin in India, since the first celebration took place in Mumbai in the year organized by Dr Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.

According to the founders of the observance, laughter has a highly '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'.

According to Dr Kataria, a person's facial expressions can have an effect on their emotions. Its popularity has grown and under the Laughter Yoga movement, the Laughter Clubs in more than 105 countries have started functioning.

Some studies indicate that laughter therapy can be beneficial in disease control and enhancing wellbeing. In other words, laughter has all healing properties and works as a tonic for the healthy life. 

According to Sebastien Gendry, laughter yoga is especially beneficial for older people since in a group situation, it fulfils their need of more human contact. "While most of them are surrounded by peers whom they like and share similar interests with, many still dearly miss their children and family. Deeper down, what they really miss is the need for someone close to them with whom they can confide their emotions," says Gendry.

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