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Monday, July 13, 2009

Five Health Benefits of Laughter

I'm going to be interviewed on Wednesday by a writer doing an article for Woman's Day magazine about quick stress-relievers for the upcoming holiday season. So this is what I've been thinking about the last couple of days. Here's a stress-reliever I particularly love.

Five Health Benefits of Laughter

"- It stimulates a mild to moderate cardiovascular workout

- It produces endorphins, which counteract the production of stress hormones

- It appears to optimize the immune system

- It reduces self-consciousness and boosts self-confidence

- It relaxes muscles and helps fight the chronic pain associated with muscle tension."
(Source: “Together, They Laugh The Stress Away,” by Sally Stich, Parade Magazine, April 21, 2002)

When our children were still at home, my husband would just burst out laughing several times a day! He had heard a speaker wax eloquently about how laughing was like a jog for your insides. We would all start laughing - how can you hear someone else laugh without joining in? Give it a try. :)

There are certain movies that make us laugh, Dennis the Menace being my favorite. We drag that out whenever we need a light moment.

Physical humor makes me laugh. I've included some examples below.

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These make me laugh:

CDC Warning: How to Avoid Getting the Swine Flu
The "Why Plan Ahead?" Awards - Too Funny!
Why I Didn't Make the Olympics
A Little Humor for the Weekend
Poor Planning Humor