Wanna see three things that made me laugh? No. Well then don’t click on this link. As for those of you in an agreeable mood, click here.

By the way don’t forgot that neat little link on the left hand side of your screen- no not that left, your other left. Be part of helping a dream a few small bucks at a time. If you need extra incentive, let’s just say, I know Santa and I can get you on the good list. ‘Nough said? I thought so.

Want to help out without donating?  Then look around [wink, wink, nudge, nudge] while visiting my other blog.  Get it?!  I mean full investigate everything.  Gosh, I am so bad at giving hints.

  1. Msense says:

    […] MuchMusic.com | Blog wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptLaughter is the Best Medicine Posted by totaltransformation on October 23rd, … presidential candidates, democrats, elections, entertainment, hillary clinton, humor, laugh, life, links […]

  2. lifelemons says:

    “Then look around [wink, wink, nudge, nudge] while visiting my other blog. Get it?! I mean full investigate everything. Gosh, I am so bad at giving hints.”

    Are you trying to get us to join a brain-washing cult? Okay didn’t think so, just checking. :rasp:

  3. No cults here, I am just not technically allowed to tell you the thing I am hoping you will do over my other blog. SO I have to leave it at “explore” and “click” on lots of things. Not just my posts if you know what I mean. HA!

  4. Betty says:

    Everyone is looking for a fun way to get back in shape and laughter is not being used as an exuberant workout.

    According to a study by Maciej S. Buchowski, PhD, and his colleagues, using a whole-room indirect calorimeter at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, a daily laughter workout of 15 minutes can burn 40 calories and melt away 4 pounds over the course of a year.

    “Laughing’s not as easy as it may sound,” explained Laughtercising’s creator, Betty Hoeffner. “First you have to put your ego aside because you can feel silly breaking out into raucous laughter. Then you have to work your way up to doing it, non-stop, for 10 minutes … just as you would in any exercise program. Once you become proficient, you’ll be able to break out into hysterical laughter instantaneously. You’ll keep laughing and laughing which will work up a great sweat and gets your abs aching.”

    For those who need help, Hoeffner created a CD of contagious laughter called, “Laugh It Off.” Instructions on the CD advise listeners to laugh along with the laugh instructors continuously for at least one minute. Every day, increase the laugh session by a minute until you can laugh for ten minutes nonstop. “Since laughter is also a great stress reliever, we made the CD 60 minutes long so it can be played in the background to lighten your spirit during times of stress,” explained Hoeffner. “Playing the CD quietly in the background while at work, studying for exams or struggling with an angst-ridden problem can help lighten your mood and put a smile on your face.”

    In a recent issue of Redbook Magazine, TV fitness guru, Denise Austin said, “Laughing is great exercise. It tightens your abs, gets your endorphins going, and filters out all those anxieties that weigh you down.”

    According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “I think it’s (laughter) one of the most effective ways to reduce stress, and preliminary research suggests laughter may also boost immunity, relieve pain, lower blood sugar in people with type-2 diabetes, and help protect against heart disease.”

    According to William F. Fry, M.D., associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Stanford University, “….laughing 100-200 times per day is the cardiovascular equivalent of rowing for 10 minutes. When something strikes you as funny, you laugh. And when you laugh, your body responds. You flex, then relax, 15 facial muscles plus dozens of others all over your body. Your pulse and respiration increase briefly, oxygenating your blood. And your brain experiences a decrease in pain perception, possibly associated with the production of pain-killing, pleasure-giving endorphins.”

    “Laugh It Off” is available at http://www.HeyUGLY.org for $10 and proceeds go to Hey U.G.L.Y. Inc., NFP, a 501(c)( 3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower teens with self-esteem building tools, to help them counter challenges such as eating disorders, bullying, violence, substance abuse and suicide.

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