Though the laughing Buddha can be found in cultures all over the world, it is predominantly featured in Thailand and India. It symbolises happiness and abundance because the laughing Buddha is never unhappy. As a result, many people bring these into their homes or businesses for merriment and good fortune. However, many believe the luck of the laughing Buddha is only effective if you rub his stomach daily, always keeping a positive attitude. In addition to his prominent belly, the laughing Buddha often bears many other features, such as five children surrounding him or a cloth bag. His pose and the items he carries determines what kind of fortune he brings to people. The Laughing Buddha can be shown with different symbols.