National Laugh-Friendly Month – February 2023

National Laugh-Friendly Month is celebrated in February every year. The month-long celebration was established by ee Publishing and Production in 2008. The aim of the month is to encourage businesses to focus their customer service policies to cultivate laughter. An additional objective is to remind grown-ups, specifically, about the joy of laughter and how wonderful it is. Unfortunately, it’s common for displays of joy to be frowned upon in formal settings. National Laugh-Friendly Month aims to increase the acceptability of laughter in different situations. February, thus, has become an opportunity to make people laugh with kind humor.

History of National Laugh-Friendly Month

Laughter is a physical reaction that involves rhythmic contractions of the diaphragm. It is often a response to stimuli, whether internal or external, and can be elicited from activities like being tickled or told a joke. It is, culturally, seen as an auditory expression of many, mostly positive, emotions. The study of humor and laughter is called gelotology.

Laughter has often been a subject of great interest in literature across human history. During ancient times, the Greek historian Herodotus propounded that laughers could be organized into three categories; those innocent of wrongdoing but ignorant of vulnerability, those who are insane, and those who are overconfident. Whenever reporting laughter, Herodotus did so in the belief that it informs the readers of the person’s future or character.

Theories of humor and laughter have been put forth by many philosophers and researchers in the modern world. Hobbes believed that “The passion of laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly;” Schopenhauer wrote of laughter extensively; Nietzsche pondered upon the utility of laughter; Bergson put forth his beliefs about the causes of humorous situations, and Ludovici worked to develop Hobbes’ theory further, whilst considering it an evolutionary trait. Today, laughter is considered to have its biological roots in a “shared expression of relief at the passing of danger.”

National Laugh-Friendly Month timeline

10 to 16 Million Years Ago
Human Laughter

Humans first start laughing.

425 B.C.
Herodotus on Laughter

Herodotus explains the three types of laughers.

1976
Gelotology

William F. Fry founds gelotology, the study of laughter.

2008
The First National Laugh-Friendly Month

ee Publishing and Production establishes National Laugh-Friendly Month.

National Laugh-Friendly Month FAQs

What is the plural of laughter?

The plural is laughters.

Is ‘laugh’ a word?

Yes, it is.

What is the countable form of laughter?

Laugh, e.g. three laughs.

National Laugh-Friendly Month Activities

  1. Tell jokes

    National Laugh-Friendly Month is all about laughing and making others laugh. Tell a joke or two.

  2. Watch a comedy film

    Give yourself some time to sit back and relax. Watch a comedy film or two to get your laughing flowing.

  3. Attend a comedy show

    Support a budding stand-up comedian or an established one you like and attend a comedy show. Get your friends to come along as well!

5 Interesting Facts About Laughter

  1. Laughter before speech

    Scientists believe that humans began laughing before we developed speech.

  2. Not just humans

    Rats, monkeys, cats, and dogs are also known to laugh.

  3. A natural painkiller

    Laughter can help reduce pain.

  4. Not just jokes

    Human laughter is normally used as a social response rather than a reaction to jokes.

  5. Laughs per a day

    An average individual laughs 13 times a day!

Why We Love National Laugh-Friendly Month

  1. It’s an excuse to make people laugh

    Making people genuinely laugh is a great feeling. National Laugh-Friendly Month is a perfect opportunity to do it more.

  2. It’s a reminder to lighten up

    Life can be stressful. National Laugh-Friendly Month is a great reminder to lighten up once in a while.

  3. It’s an opportunity to build more comfortable work environments

    National Laugh-Friendly Month can help make work environments more comfortable. Sharing jokes with others is a fast way to become friends and build trust.

National Laugh-Friendly Month dates

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