What Is World Laughter Day?
World Laughter Day is a free event that has been celebrated in Los Angeles on the first Sunday of May since 2005 at the initiative of Sebastien Gendry, creator of the Laughter Wellness method. It was first started in India in 1998 and now takes place in all the major capitals of the world and more cities. Its aim is to promote intentional laughter and its many healing benefits, and raise awareness about the many thousands of community laughter clubs around the world. (Several are in the Los Angeles area. See at the bottom of this page.)
Everybody knows that laughing and hugging feel good, but few realize how valuable these simple tools can be in improving our every day wellness and wellbeing. Laughter cannot heal or solve anything, but it can help to heal and dissolve everything. In such a gloomy economic climate we need to lighten up more than ever. 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.
Come discover a new happiness workout and meet our community! All are welcome. First we will all laugh together, then we’ll have a potluck party. Bring food to share!
What’s Special This Year
This year’s World Laughter Day celebration will once again include the “Hug Me” humanitarian campaign of hug therapy with Raquel Gendry and her team of medical clowns! The Hug Me humanitarian campaign was created in Ecuador in 2011 by Raquel, president of “Narices Rojas”, a non-profit organization of medical clowns who work in hospitals and with the poor since 2006.
We’re a community of lay-people and seasoned professionals from all walks of life united by a common passion for laughter and the desire to make this world a better place.
We will meet by the picnic tables, on the grassy area next to the restrooms, about 1 block South of Ocean Park Blvd (1/2 miles south of Santa Monica’s ferris wheel).
The closest lifeguard station is # 26. It is about 200 yards away from where we will be. The station is closer to the beach, we’ll be closer to the street.
Where To Park
- There is all day parking for $10 in lot 5 south. Go to the nearby farmer’s market to get a free parking validation.
- There is a small(er) parking lot closest to the picnic area where we will be. Cost is $2 for 2h.
- Parking on the street is free if you can find a spot!
- all ages
Laughter is good for all. Come get a taste if this is a new concept to you!