When your Buddha arrives to you, remember, you must be respectful to him and he shall in turn respect you. Most importantly don’t forget to rub his belly at least once every day to gain the properties he holds within.
Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha yet to come
He is a symbol of happiness, wealth and an innocent contented joy. Buddha's belly is said to signify bountiful wealth and prosperity, by stroking it. It is believed to bring much luck. The Laughing Buddha must always be invited into his new home, resulting in positive Chi resulting in much happiness