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Great read, just affirms that laughter is an amazing medicine! Laughter has also been said to be a way to burn calories 😉
It has been often said that laughter is the best medicine. Unfortunately, the overwhelming negativity prevalent in today’s society often leads us to forget that life is as much about enjoying as it is about living. The same way that depressing news depresses us, laughter makes us happy. And once in a while, it is important to just Laugh Out Loud (LOL).
A great read.
Hello Mr. P.J. Skerrett. I’m a Medical Student of Catholic University of Maule, Chile. I think that is a very interesting post, because you talk about of something really common like laughing, and how this fact can help us in several ways, and bring us many benefits. One of them is the improvement of the cardiovascular function (a physical function)
Moreover, also it’s important to mention psychological benefits, and how the “deep laughing” supports our minds, and how help us to keep it balanced and healthy.
It would be interesting adding laughing as a complementary therapy in several pathologies, and in this manner helping to keep healthy minds and bodies during the treatments
Camilo San Martín Ojeda.
I think that laughter, as well as just a smile contributes to your level of happiness and that is the real factor that contributes to our health and well being. Let’s face it, Happy people live longer than unhappy persons.
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