(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


On January 24th, Global Belly Laugh Day celebrates the wonderful gift of laughter. It’s also a day to experience the positive effects of smiling and laughing.

Have you ever laughed loudly without restraint? If so, you had what’s called a belly laugh. This type of laugh comes from deep within. The term “belly laugh” was coined in the 1920s. It refers to a moving belly while laughing loudly.

  • Other ways to describe a belly laugh include:
  • A loud laugh that can’t be controlled.
  • A sudden burst of laughter.
  • A laugh that is loud and hearty.
  • A heavy laugh.

People often find that a good belly laugh makes them feel good. Why is this? One reason is that laughter stimulates the organs. A belly laugh doesn’t just stimulate the stomach, though. This kind of laughter also stimulates the heart and lungs.


Laughter even increases endorphins, which are the body’s “feel-good hormones.” A good belly laugh also increases circulation and relaxes the muscles. So the next time you’re feeling blue, it really will help to watch a funny movie or listen to a comedian.

Laughing with others is equally beneficial as it can improve relationships. If you are with a group of people, you will find that laughter is contagious. When one laughs, others can’t help but join in and laugh, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalBellyLaughDay

The symbol for this day is a smiling sun with 7 rays and dimples with the numbers 1 and 24. This represents the idea that laughter and sunshine can transform our moments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because of this symbol, people on all seven continents are encouraged to laugh at 1:24 p.m. local time on January 24th. To participate:

  • Watch a funny movie or video.
  • Go to a comedy club or listen to a comedian.
  • Get together with others and take turns telling funny jokes.
  • Have a competition to see who has the best belly laugh.

Share this funny day on social media with #GlobalBellyLaughDay.

“As soap is to the body, so laughter is for the soul.” Jewish Proverb


Elaine Helle created Global Belly Laugh Day in 2005. Elaine is a certified laughter yoga teacher. She believes that the gift of laughter is something worth celebrating.

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