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In these troubled times, World Peace is no laughing matter. The exception is May 1, 2016, World Laughter Day, when hundreds of thousand of people around the world celebrate World Peace through laughter. People come together to share friendship and brotherhood in a language everyone understands, the language of laughter.

The Funny Farm Laughter Club at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, 999 US H’way 22 in Phillipsburg NJ, is hosting a World Laughter Day Celebration from 10 AM to 4 PM. It is a day of life-affirming fun and non-competitive games. The free event demonstrates the contagious, healing power of unconditional laughter. There is a Reuse Market starting at 8 AM. The market raises money for NJ Farmers Against Hunger.

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and co-owner of Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, Cynthia Curtis, organizes the annual event. “People are more likely to laugh with others and laughing with other people makes us feel happier. When we are happier the world improves,” she says. “Better still, laughter is contagious. People can catch it from each other. That is the basis of Laughter Yoga’s work toward World Peace,” she adds with a smile.

Laughter Yoga leaders and teachers from around NJ are here to do Laughter yoga exercises including Kirtan laughter and to host a Gibberish Party, where no one understands the language, yet everyone communicates. There is live music by Keith Kenny and drumming with drum and percussion instructor, Ejvind Boccolini. Eyes of the Wild, animal show begins at 2:00. There are hay rides and seed bomb making, free hugs, non-competitive games and laughter, all day.

World Laughter Day is suitable for all ages. We are all able to laugh, no matter age, nationality or experience. Laughter transcends status, class, age, race and culture, and no matter where we live in the world we all laugh in a similar way. In any language laughter is a recognizable form of friendly communication.

Indian physician, Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement, created the first World Laughter Day in 1998. The intention is to build up a global consciousness of kindness and compassion. It is a fabulous idea backed by a scientific truth that laughter, conditional or unconditional, releases chemicals into the blood that make us feel good and creates feelings of happiness, love and compassion while suppressing chemicals that produce fear, violence, aggression and war. Modern science confirms the efficacy of laughter.

Laughter Yoga’s popularity grows exponentially. Starting with five people in a park in Mumbai, today there are over 60,000 laughter clubs all over the world, creating a positive energy that can change the consciousness of the globe, for the better. “When you laugh, you change and when you change, the world changes around you,” says Dr. Kataria. “Nowadays, people face enormous stress and are at war with themselves. Laughter is a positive and powerful emotion, which helps people to change themselves and to change the world in a peaceful and positive way. Laughter is a universal language which has the potential to unite humanity….” he asserts.

People who practice Laughter Yoga, enjoy, to varying degrees, the powerful emotional state of happiness after 20-minute sessions of prolonged laughter. They, in turn, will cheer up others, and so on. The prestigious Framingham Heart Study described this ‘chain reaction’ of happiness, “…a relationship between people’s happiness extends up to three degrees of separation,“ they found.

World Laughter Day Celebration is free if you walk or bike in. There is a $6.00 charge to park a car. Come to the Reuse Market before 10 AM and park for free. For more information about the day’s events contact Cynthia Curtis at 908-387-1225 or 908-387-1225.