January 24 is Global Belly Laugh Day

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January 24 is Global Belly Laugh Day. Celebrate the great gift of laughter. On January 24 at 1:24 p.m. (local time) smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud. Join the Belly Laugh Bounce Around the World.

Celebrate the great gift of laughter on Global Belly Laugh Day, January 24. Laughs and smiles transform moments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the 7 continents.

On January 24 at 1:24 p.m. (local time) people around the world smile, throw their arms in the air and laugh out loud.

They Join the Belly Laugh Bounce Around the World.

January 24, 2011 is the fifth anniversary of Global Belly Laugh Day.
"Oh what a difference Global Belly Laugh Day, January 24 makes," notes Elaine Helle, founder of Global Belly Laugh Day.

Since January 24, 2006 belly laughs have been bounced around the world from corporations, medical centers, senior centers, grocery stores, homes, schools, libraries, museums, organizations, families, restaurants, air planes, radio stations and coffee shops.

From Australia - “I found myself in a noodle bar collecting the lunches at the appointed time. Not held back by my natural shyness I proudly announced to the crowded shop that it was in fact Belly Laugh Day and without any hesitation everyone in the shop, the cooks included threw their hands in the air (luckily not their food). People walking past looked in and a couple came in to see what we were doing. It was such fun. I was even offered free noodles next time I call in! The owner of the shop declared, “Oh, you make us laugh and have fun. Everyone, a big laugh for our belly laugh lady". So I guess I was given a standing Belly Laugh ovation. Very much fun!”

From India - Employees and customers connected with shared laughter over the telephone connecting the United States and India on Global Belly Laugh Day, January 24.

From The Philippines -“It is Saturday. I am at work. I suddenly remembered that today is Belly Laugh Day. I remember a speech I gave in college the main point being Filipinos have good sense of humor. Even though we have lots of problems, we still find ways to smile and laugh.”

From South Africa - South Africa's News and Information Leader SAfm 104-107 station delighted their listeners with an hour of laughing out loud and sharing stories of laughter moments.

From Argentina - “Yes, laughed out loud on Global Belly Laugh Day, but didn't stop there. I made it my personal mission to have a laugh every hour.”

From Tanzania - “We did the belly laugh in Tanzania. It stimulated great laughter.”

From Mauritius - “Yip that’s right…Today the 24 January is International Belly Laugh Day. A day completely devoted to wide mouth cackling, mixed with some snorting, knee slapping, belly hugging, deep to the core of your being laughter. Ah Vibsters make sure you laugh out loud!”

From Europe - “Forget about an apple. Try Laughter instead! January 24th is Global Belly Laugh Day – so laugh away those January blues.”

From the United States - Chiropractic Clinic - “On January 24 we celebrated Belly Laugh Day with an open house in my Chiropractic Clinic. We invited our patients to stop by, bring a friend and enjoy healthy snacks and learn about the benefits of laughing. All day long my patients stopped in to smile and laugh and the ones that had appointments were assigned silly names that our Front Desk Manager printed off. Fun names like 'Justin Credible' 'Tate Erchips' the staff had names as well, I switched from 'Dr. Crack-em-up' to 'Kira Practor', My Front Desk Manager was 'Keri Oakley' it was a good day. The names tags offered my patients a way to be silly, but the waiting room was filled with balloons; and who can resist laughing when you can play with balloons. I was asked at various times, is laughing really a stress reliever?? My response was a resounding....... "YES, check in with your body when you leave here after laughing so much, and then tell me next time you come in what you discovered!" It was a FABULOUS way to share fun and learning with my patients in a light and bright way!!”

From the United States - an Elementary School - “This is the time of the year that anything to break the winter blahs is great! We began after the Christmas break with a laughter study, “How to be responsible with your laughter.” We made posters with pictures of people laughing and included synonyms for laugh. We started our Belly Laugh Day, January 24 at school with everyone being funny from head to toe. Students were encouraged to wear silly hats and silly socks. A prize was given to the silliest in each classroom. At 1:24 p.m. we aired laugh tracks over the intercom while doing the Belly Laugh Bounce Around the World. One teacher laughed so hard her cheeks hurt.”

From Canada - Laughers from the United States and Canada united to send the Global Belly Laugh Bounce across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.

Elaine Helle encourages laughing out loud from now until the January 24, 2011 celebratory Global Belly Laugh Day laugh out loud moment. Laughing out loud boosts immune systems, reduce stress hormones, increase positive energy, connection, creativity and happiness. On January 24 wake up and exclaim, "It is January 24, Belly Laugh Day, yeah!" A start-of-the-day positive mood impacts the entire day. To supercharge laughter on Global Belly Laugh Day, January 24 call and laugh out loud with family, friends and colleagues around the world at 1:24 p.m. their time.

Visit http://www.bellylaughday.com to jump start celebrations of Global Belly Laugh Day, January 24.
Laughter is contagious. Thank you for spreading laughter.

Belly Laugh Day, January 24 is listed in the 2011 Chase's Calendar of Events published by McGraw Hill.

Global Belly Laugh Day, January 24 is a happy, healthy, high achievement, creative, laugh together, 21st Century holiday.


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