Laughter

I like to laugh. I always have. If there is humor to be found in a situation I can usually find it. And laughter has served me well. It disarms people. It puts people at ease. When people are at ease they are more receptive to your point of view.

And science proves that laughter (and smiling) attracts friends, improves health and even  extends life. It increases the amount of oxygen in your blood which improves circulation. A study by neurologist Henri Rubenstein found that a single minute of solid laughter provides up to 45 minutes of subsequent relaxation.

Norman Cousins was an example of the healing power of laughter. After he was diagnosed with ankylospondylitis he was told he had only a few years to live. So he bagan an intensive treatment that consisted of a single prescription-laughter. He rented every funny movie he could find and watched them repeatedly, laoghing all the while. Afetr 6 months he was told that his laughter therapy was a success. He published a book about this called Anatomy of an Illness.

Research has shown that we are attracted to people who smile and laugh because our observance of these traits actually affect our autonomic nervous system. So….laugh and the world will laugh with you.

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