Thursday, August 26, 2010
Laughing is found to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, increase muscle flexion, and boost immune function. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being.
Laughter is infectious. Hospitals around the country are incorporating formal and informal laughter therapy programs into their therapeutic regimens. In countries such as India, laughing clubs -- in which participants gather in the early morning for the sole purpose of laughing -- have become very popular. Laughing yoga has taken root in the East in countries such as China and is becoming increasingly popular in the West.
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- Eat right and exercise
- Give yourself "me" time
- Utilize relaxation techniques; Yoga, Meditation, Breathing, Qi Gong
- Laugh and smile more often
- Set realistic goals
- Handle important tasks first and eliminate unessential tasks
- Be flexible
- Reduce criticism of yourself and others
- Push away negativity of any kind
- Remember you can only change yourself