Laughing with the 60 Blog

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If you need to lose some weight, start with laughing your ass off. 

How often do you laugh during the day?  Do you create your own funny things?  Or do you laugh at a TV program or movie?  We spent the afternoon watching last week’s episodes of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and found ourselves heartily laughing out loud.  Sometimes, our DVR memory is at 35% because we have a week’s worth of Fallon and James Corden to watch, but it’s worth it to laugh hard enough and long enough on the weekend to last the following week.

Laughter is good for you.  It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.  Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.  (Source:  helpguide.org)

One of the best feelings in the world is the deep-rooted belly laugh. It can bring people together and establish amazing connections. Everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the temperature of a room from chilly unfamiliarity to a warm family-like atmosphere.  Researchers at the Loma Linda University in California found the benefits of laughter to include lowering blood pressure and improving cardiac health.  People who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative.  Best of all, you may be able to skip the gym because laughing works your abs!  (Source:  giaim.com)

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