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A LAUGHING MATTER

Posted: 06.21.2017
Studies have revealed that laughter has beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, immunity and pain tolerance, and it even burns a few calories. In the most recent research, older adults, average age 82, were instructed to add simulated laughter to their bi-weekly 45-minute exercise sessions. Their class included 8-10 laughter exercises, each lasting 30 seconds to a minute. Even though the participants were faking laughter to begin with, it usually became genuine. After 6 weeks, the laughter group had improvements in mental health, self-confidence and aerobic endurance compared to the exercise-only group.

 

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