Belly Laugh Day

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Today is January 24th, which means it’s Belly Laugh Day  Unfortunately, I’m late celebrating it because at 1:24 p.m. my local time I was supposed to smile, throw my arms in the air and laugh. At that time I was running some errands and I can’t say I was smiling, much less laughing.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t or shouldn’t find a reason to laugh 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

According to some researchers, laughter might just be the best medicine around . According to their research, laughing and exercising cause some of the same changes in our body; that a good laugh is similar to a mild workout, and we know that exercising releases endorphin, that feel-good hormone that makes us feel especially fine and good.

Laughter can affect our blood flow, blood sugar, immune response and help us relax and sleep better.

So tell a joke, read a humorous story, watch a comedy or a funny video, or just find some good friends with whom to share a laugh. You’ll not only feel better afterwards, you might also be improving your health in the process.