Clowns Without Borders UK

World Humanitarian Day

Laughter and Humanitarianism

Laughter doesn’t mind about age, distance, location, or profession. Laughter brings people together. From a light chuckle to merrily giggling. A sweet smile to rolling on the floor laughing. It cares about you and the people around you. On World Humanitarian Day, it is important to observe exactly that: people and laughter. Children everywhere have taught us that smiling is free and laughter is priceless. They are their own champions of care-free joy, shared side-by-side with each other. Friendships are built on laughter and is always there for you in good times and bad. We can learn a lot from children. They teach us each day that laughter is good, it’s fun, it helps, and it heals.

“Laughter is good medicine”

One of our clowns

Clowns aren’t usually considered your typical humanitarian. They dress different, act different, even sound different. But they share with children something that is special and universal, laughter. For Clowns, humanitarianism is offering the opportunity for “children to just be children.” This matters. In times of crisis or disaster, there is no childhood. But through clowns comes a smile, a giggle, a laugh, a sense of hope. Laughter and joy are built on compassion and solidarity. Children and clowns share this with each other and agree there’s no time like anytime for fun and play. After all, a smile is priceless and happens in a timeless moment.

Children teach us that humanitarianism can be many things. They inspire us. Lead us. Play with us. And laugh with us. On this year’s world humanitarian day consider the importance of laughter and joy. Reflect on what humanitarianism means to you. And remember, laughter is a serious matter and play is a child’s right.