Sunday, May 4, is World Laughter Day. Do you remember the old Reader’s Digest regular feature titled ‘Laughter is the best medicine’? It has been tested/researched many times and found to be actually true. Not talking about telling jokes or comedy performances here, just the stress-relieving, exhilarating joy and fun of laughing.
World Laughter Day began in India in 1998 and has spread to be celebrated in more than 72 countries with thousands of people coming together to laugh for world peace and to unite in the global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter.
Laughter Clubs of Victoria invites all Victorians to grab family and friends to come and celebrate this significant world event. It is a community event to enhance positivity, optimism, happiness, love of life and the sharing gift of laughter. Laughter Clubs throughout Victoria will be showcasing their signature laughs for everyone. You can take part in competitions for male, female and child and win a gift for the best laugh.
It’s free and it’s fun and it goes for an hour from 11:00am to 12noon in Federation Square (St Paul’s Steps – busker’s pitch) and the Laughter Victoria website says that members will be lunching at the Duke of Wellington hotel afterwards. Hmm… a gaggle of giggling laughers walk into a bar – you’d think one of them would have ducked!
Federation Square is on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets and Rydges Melbourne is a laughing stroll away in Exhibition Street but probably best to hop a tram or a taxi to laugh your way downtown from Rydges on Swanston.