The Pursuit of Healthiness

The Pursuit of Healthiness
Your Guide to Getting Healthy

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tip #8: Laugh it off!

My goal is to help make you healthy, which means that I don't want to just help you lose weight, I want you to be healthy inside and out. One of the greatest things you can do for yourself is laugh. Laughter helps in more ways than more people know. It relaxes your whole body, reducing tension and stress. Most people know that laughing releases endorphins, which lessen pain, but laughing can also help your body by boosting your immune system and increases blood flow, lessening your chance of heart problems. Laughing also burns 78 calories an hour and a hearty belly laugh helps to tone your abs! 

The emotional benefits are just as great as the physical. Laughter gets rid of stressful emotions. It also shifts perspective, making you feel less overwhelmed and more relaxed. Try to laugh with friends, as it has even greater benefits. It strengthens relationships and helps you be more spontaneous, releasing inhibitions.

There are so many ways to get a laugh in the day! Take mine, for example. I'm listening to "Superego" podcast right as I'm writing this and I've been laughing the whole time!

Here are a few other ideas:
-Go to a comedy club with friends!
-Host a game night with friends!
-Read a book from the humor section!
-Watch a funny movie like Blazing Saddles!
-Watch a funny show like Drew Carey's Improv-a-ganza!
-Go to a laughing yoga class (get the stress-relieving benefits of yoga and laughing!)
-Listen to a comedian's special or funny podcast while you work!

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