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Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

23rd January 2013

Laughter yoga teacher Elaine Helle founded Global Belly laugh Appreciation Day in 2005. Could there be a more joyful international day?! Helle felt that with a day for activities such as flossing, there should really be an occasion to celebrate the great gift of laughter. Find out how you can celebrate tomorrow.

Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

23rd January 2013

Lucy Corkhill

By Lucy Corkhill

23rd January 2013

On January 24 at 1:24 p.m. (local time), Global Belly Laugh Appreciation Day invites you to smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud. The aim is to send laughter bouncing around the world – check out your time zone here.

On the Global Belly Laugh Day website, there’s also plenty of advice to make sure every day is filled with warmth, spontaneity and joyfulness. After all, laughter really is the best medicine, and consciously making an effort to smile and laugh more can have a major impact on our overall wellbeing. It also influences how we parent, and how our family functions as a unit. Are we teaching our kids the benefits of a proper belly laugh every day? Do we make time to get silly with them, to explore their senses of humour and mess around? Having a giggle together forms bonds – think of the instant connection and good feeling that happens when we laugh with a stranger. Joseph Michelli, Ph.D., the author of Humor, Play & Laughter: Stress-Proofing Life with Your Kids, says: “The silliness of today is the fond memory of tomorrow. The gifts of being human, equal, real and vulnerable with your children are greater than anything you can purchase.”
Here are ideas from Global Belly Laugh Day to help make any day a belly laugh day:

Start a laughter success story log Record the times you use humour and laughter to thrive and flourish Laugh at your mistakes Let your child lead you in play Sing, Dance Talk in rhyme Hold a giggle poetry party Start your family humour album Make a Laughter Family Tree Record each of the family members laughing. Ask Aunts, Uncles, Cousins about fun family traditions and stories which make you laugh Play Laugh Print: Each of us has a unique laugh. Sit in the room. Turn off the lights. Each person laughs one at a time. Can you identify the person laughing?

Author of What All Children Want Their Parent to Know: 12 Keys to Raising a Happy Child, Diana Loomans, suggests sticking this lovely oath to all the mirrors in the house to promote family positivity and fun:

The Big Smiling Oath
I do unsolemnly swear,
To turn up each side of my mouth,
And to smile as often as possible,
I agree to laugh several times daily.
And to give and receive at least three hugs per day!
I vow to have frequent bouts of silliness,
And more happiness for no reason.
From this day forth,
I promise to laugh long and prosper.

Laughter Yoga
I also like the look of laughter yoga, though haven’t yet tried it… But anything that creates that wonderful feeling of freedom and release, both physical and emotional, and breaks down inhibitions, gets my vote! For more about laughter yoga, including exercises, check out Laughter Yoga.

Books worth reading
The Happiness Project Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook by Natalie Fee
The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life by Sara Avant Stover

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