Laughter is good for you. Join the Global Happiness Forum (March 19)

The Global Happiness Forum 2022 is themed ‘The Importance of Laughter’.The Global Happiness Forum 2022 is themed ‘The Importance of Laughter’.

PEOPLE often say that laughter is the best medicine, but how true is this? Well, think back – have you ever noticed how you would often feel better after a good laugh?

When we actively seek out moments to laugh, not only do our emotional health improve, but our relationships are also strengthened, and we even feel happier.

Laughter, our natural way of creating happiness, helps us see life in a more relaxed, joyful and positive light.

In conjunction with the UN International Day of Happiness on March 20, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) is hosting a major online event: The Global Happiness Forum 2022 on March 19.

The forum’s line-up of ‘happy’ hosts and speakers.

Themed “The Importance of Laughter”, this year’s forum will feature a line-up of “happy” hosts and speakers who will speak on the science of laughter and share tips that will empower the audience to lead a happier, more fulfilling life.

The speakers are renowned Malaysian comedian Harith Iskander, UK academician and comedian Sophie Scott, and Malaysian humanitarian activist and volunteer Kuan Chee Heng, best known as Uncle Kentang.

The Global Happiness Forum 2022, catered to school and university students, parents, educators and members of the public, aims to inspire participants to try out new things towards happiness, and is part of HWUM’s wider efforts to promote positive mental health and resilience.

“The past few years have been challenging for us all, both personally and professionally. The International Day of Happiness encourages us all to pause and reflect on what we can be grateful for in our lives. It also reminds us to try experiencing some positive energy every day,” said HWUM School of Social Sciences Positive Psychology professor Deborah Hall.

Student representative Fardeen Abdol Ghani, who is also HWUM Psychology Society president, said: "The Global Happiness Forum is part of our ‘A Happier U’ initiative that reminds us of how our physical and mental well-being are connected, and of the importance of taking care of both aspects, especially during challenging times."

International Day of Happiness is important to Heriot-Watt University (HWU) as it is an opportunity to celebrate its institutional values – Belong, Inspire, Collaborate and Celebrate.

Guided by these values, its educators and professional staff are successfully building a community that promotes students’ flourishing and positive mental health.

Ready to laugh? Join in and let’s keep the positivity going this International Day of Happiness.

Register and get ready to laugh.

Register now for HWUM’s Global Happiness Form on March 19 (4pm-6pm) at For more information on HWUM, visit

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