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World Wish Day observed around the world
This Sunday, April 29, the World Wish Day was observed in many cities around the globe. The day is being observed for the last 32 years.

THE WORLD Wish Day is the anniversary of the day Chris got his wish fulfilled and was inspired to create Make-A-Wish organization. Generally wishes by children in distress and suffering from life-threatening diseases are made on this day and many community members come to help and grant the wishes of such children.

The day was founded in 1980 with the objective to enrich the human experience with optimism, human sensitivity, hope, fellow-feeling, inner strength, generosity and joy.

According to the Make-A-Wish organization’s website, it has over 30,000 volunteers and the last year, it granted nearly 14,000 wishes to qualified children in the United States, and an additional 8,800 wishes in other countries. Currently, the day is observed in about 50 countries around the world.

In Bangalore, World Wish Day 2012 was observed at Make-A-Wish Foundation of India with gusto to create awareness of sufferings of children in distress and the community was urged to come forward for their help.

In our country, the 'Make-A-Wish Foundation of India' grants the wishes of children with the help of generous donors and over 200 volunteers, the foundation claims to have granted more than 21,500 wishes since 1996.

As their website states, "When we talk to people about the work - we do in granting wishes to children who are struggling with critical illnesses - we wonder how many of us know that there really is a scientific basis to our claim about the power of a wish. Emerging scientific and medical research shows that positive emotions directly result in positive health benefits for the patient. For example, the simple act of laughing reduces blood pressure and stress, enhances the immune system and relieves pain. Studies have shown that laughter actually reduces stress-related hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol, which harm the body when produced in large amounts. Laughter activates the immune system to produce more T-lymphocytes, natural killer cells, gamma interferon and immunoglobulin, which are the defence mechanisms against infection and cancer cells."

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