Sunday, May 3, 2020

Things To Do - Celebrate World Laughter Day!

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Come celebrate World Laughter Day, celebrated on the first Sunday in May each year.  Why?  Laughter is fun!  Do we need another reason?

Red Skelton, the famous comedian, said:  “Live by this credo: have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations.”

Laughter also helps us in other ways.  It:

  • Relaxes the whole body
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Triggers the release of endorphins
  • Protects the heart
  • Burns calories
  • Lightens anger’s heavy load
  • May even help you to live longer

You can celebrate with other people!  According to the World Laughter Day website, “Come tune up and tune in with the power of laughter and positive energies with like-minded spirits this coming Sunday 3rd May 2020, from 11am until 12 noon, Pacific Time.”
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Open to the first 100 people to post their feed, this will be live-streamed on Facebook for everyone to see.

One of the critical ideas of laughter in psychology is the “facial feedback hypothesis,” which states that skeletal muscle feedback from facial expressions plays a causal role in regulating emotional experience and behavior.  This means that simply smiling and laughing can improve your outlook, at least temporarily.

Give it a shot.  Laughter is often the best medicine.

Learn more at Wikipedia or World Laughter Day.

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