Monday, August 4, 2008

Cures What Ails Ya

Apparently Laughter is all the rage now. Shannon and I practiced this afternoon quite a bit, and are planning on going to a Laughter Club sometime soon. They actually have one here in Fort Worth. 

The secret of laughter yoga is that our bodies are hardwired with some surprisingly powerful natural reactions to extended hearty laughter. These side effects include:

Blood & all major organs are fully oxygenated leaving us bursting with energy
Blood pressure drops, circulation improves and pulse rate drops
Depression is lifted, even chronic depression is often cured
High endorphin levels put us in a great mood and reduce any aches & pains
Immune, digestive & sexual systems that are switched off by stress are switched on
Self confidence is boosted, communication skills and creativity are boosted
Our lymphatic system is massaged and our immune systems boosted
Stress levels reduce by 75% or more and we become more stress resistant

So people the next time you're upset or angry or lonely, try laughing through it. Sometimes nothing beats crying into a pillow or oversized teddy-bear, but a good laugh really can make the world seem better. 

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