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Laughter- It Really is the Best Medicine

“I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.”    Quincy Jones
Did you know that the average adult laughs seventeen (17) times a day?   And some of us laugh even more than that!  During hardy (or heart-y) laughter, the brain and heart go through tremendous change as do other parts of the body- even the arms, legs, and torso.  Now, that’s good exercise!  And just makes plain good sense! Anthropologists have long believed laughter to be a piece of an important social bonding, something the human psyche took on  during prehistoric times as part of the human survival mechanism.  Also attributed to laughter is the formation of “trust” bonds, meaning that laughter is an important part of the earliest social networks.  Watch out Social Media!!  Laughter also strengthens the immune system, linked to the reduction of harmful stress hormones.  So… Laughter really is the best medicine! As e.e. cummings said, “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
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Judy W Bell

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