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Giggles Good for You
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Like a good joke? So does your body. According to gelotologists—those who study humor and its effects on the human body—laughing reduces tension, clears the mind, and lifts the spirits. Babies gurgle with laughter at about 4 months of age, showing us that tittering doesn’t have to be taught.

Chuckling is a Workout

While a hearty chuckle isn’t a major calorie burner, it is a workout. Researchers discovered that besides increasing heart rate and hormone production, laughter improves muscle tone and circulation.

Neurologists at Stanford University discovered why giggling makes us feel so good. While monitoring the brain activity of people reading funny cartoons, they found that laughter triggered the brain’s reward center.

So don’t just sit there. LAUGH!

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Reprinted with persmission from Vibrant Life, July/August 2006. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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