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A laugh a day just may keep the doctor away

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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:00 am

It requires about 20 muscles (but it hardly seems like a strain), and 30 seconds of it can be equivalent to a great workout! Yes, we’re talking about laughter—a simple thing we do and take for granted.

Laughter is very powerful, as it has been proven to actually alleviate pain. Laughter and humor help us relax, lower our stress levels, and help us find “the funny,” which can give us a new perspective on seemingly difficult situations.

 “Finding the funny” is important as we face changes brought on by careers, technology, aging, politics, media, illness, loss of loved ones, and the economy, among other variables. Laughter affects how we communicate. It alleviates pressure or serves as a barometer for how we view life, it serves as a signal for us to continue looking at all that is good around us. Whether we use Laughter Yoga to tickle our funny bones or try to see the humor in the simplest of details, the ability to guffaw can help change our outlook from dark to sunny—if even for a few moments.

To receive additional information on how laughter may just keep the doctor away and other aging well insights, call Splendido at 878-2612 and ask for a free copy of the Keys to Aging Well guide.

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