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Live and Love Better: The Benefits of Laughter

Live and Love Better The Benefits of Laughter
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It's no joke. Laughter is more contagious than the common cold, but the more you spread it around, the healthier you'll be!

Is laughing good for you?


You've heard the quote, laughter is the best medicine, and it's really true. Laughter triggers healthy physical, emotional and mental changes. It can strengthen your immune system, alleviate pain and best of all, changes your energy!

Laughter is also a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh.

Laughter can even heal communities because, when laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy.

So, how do we make sure to get our daily recommended dose of laughter? Below you’ll discover some ways to practice laughter therapy, and make sure you’re receiving all the benefits of laughter that you possibly can!:

Laughter Exercises:


Make Yourself Laugh Make Yourself Laugh
You don't have to wait for someone else to make you laugh. Enjoy your own company in the here and now. You can make laughter part of your daily health regimen. For example, start your morning off by smiling at yourself in the bathroom mirror and laughing at least five times. Or, hum a song that makes you laugh when you are taking a shower. Just laugh at yourself 1-2 minutes a day without any reason. It changes your mood immediately, and you’ll start to feel the benefits of laughter.

Watch your favorite comedy film or television show
Watch your favorite comedy film or television show

When laughter is just what the doctor ordered, the sillier or more stupid the movie or show is, the better. The best laughs often come from the least amount of thinking!

Share a good joke or a funny story
Share a good joke or a funny story

So what if you've told this one a thousand times. Some things never stop being funny and they're good reminders that you still have your sense of humor.

Check out your book store’s humor section
Check out your book store’s humor section

Sometimes just standing around paging through some light reading is a great antidote to all the heavy news we hear every day.

Make Yourself Laugh
Play with puppies!

Many local animal shelters need volunteers to play with and pet their cats, dogs and other furry critters. These cute little animals can add some laughter medicine and joy to your life (and theirs, too). Check out this wonderful infographic from Mypetneedsthat about shelter dogs.

Pencil in some fun time
Pencil in some fun time

Make time for activities that are just for fun— non-competitive—like bowling, miniature golfing, plate spinning, karaoke, or face painting.


So, whenever you're looking for some laugh therapy, take a dose of some of these "medicines." Best of all, they need no prescription, come with endless refills and have no dangerous side effects.
Written by Kim Alyce Steffgen
With a background in journalism and marketing communications, Kim's wordsmithing reflects a love of language that brings spice to many ads, articles, banners, and videos. To that spice she adds her passion for herbs, plants and alternative health.
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My husband was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's disease at 57.his symptoms were shuffling of feet,slurred speech, low volume speech, degradation of hand writing, horrible driving skills, right arm held at 45 degree angle, things were tough for me, but now he finally free from the disease with the help of total cure ultimate health home, he now walks properly and all symptoms has reversed, he had trouble with balance especially at night, getting into the shower and exiting it is difficult,getting into bed is also another thing he finds impossible.we had to find a better solution for his condition which has really helped him a lot,the biggest helped we had was ultimatehealthhome they walked us through the proper steps,am highly recommended this ultimatehealthhome@gmail.com to anyone who needs help.
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I have found that practicing Laughter Yoga is a wonderful tool that encourages me to laugh and release stress. Check your local community for Laughter Yoga Club. Great fellowship and laughter all in one! Terri
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