Tomorrow’s International Moment of Laughter Day – April 14 – is going to be more important than ever in reminding us of that universal truth: laughter really is the best medicine.
It has gotten us through the toughest year most of us will have ever faced: whether it’s been finding online comedy nights from the New Adelphi Theatre, or looking forward to seeing Jason Manford perform at the Lowry Theatre once its doors open once more, comedy has helped us find a light in the darkest of times.
But laughter and joy can also be found in the smallest of everyday things. So, the people of Salford have been telling us what brought them joy throughout lockdown.
Sarah Whitehead has been uplifted by: “The kindness of Salford people who have helped each other throughout.”. She mentioned, in particular, the work of the Salford Mutual Aid Coalition, a network of small volunteer community groups working to support people across Salford, which has brought a smile to her face, as well as to those the group has been supporting.
An honourable mention must, of course, also go to Sarah’s two cats, Margaret and Marie.
Other contributions included seeing your children smiling and playing happily outdoors again after the drudgery of the past 12 months; listening to music; and seeing small dogs.
Listen to some of our favourite contributions below:
What is it that makes us happy?
Some common themes are family, friends, pets – and, of course, food.
History of International Moment of Laughter Day
International Moment of Laughter Day was coined by “America’s Humorologist” Izzy Gesell in 1997. His professional interests involve looking at the science behind laughter, and how comedy can be used to improve physical and mental wellbeing. By designating an international day devoted to laughter, Gesell hopes to give people the permission to laugh, without awkwardness or shame, and to indulge in our natural delight in comedy.