Starting Sunday, July 19 @ 07:23 AM, until Sunday, July 26 07:23 AM  your challenge is to ...



In this week's challenge you must WATCH A FUNNY MOVIE + LAUGH . Laughter is good medicine. When you start to laugh, it doesn't just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins. These are the body's natural feel-good chemicals, which promote an overall sense of well-being and temporary pain relief.

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Benefits of Laughter :

  1. Stimulate many organs

    Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.

  2. Activate and relieve your stress response

    A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.

  3. Soothe tension

    Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

How to get more of the funny stuff:

  1. Laughter Yoga: Originating out of India and gaining popularity in America, laughter yoga is a combine of stretching and group laughter exercises. According to its founders: "Laughter Yoga combines simple laughter exercises (simulated laughter) and gentle yoga breathing, which turns into real laughter when practiced in a group. Participants start with stretching exercises, "rhythmic clapping and chanting of Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha in unison." The practice, according to the groups web site: "will help you to stay in high spirits when life throws up challenges. It will enhance your ability to laugh and smile when dealing with negative emotions, situations and negative or difficult people."

  2. Laughter therapists: Popular on the corporate conference circuit ("come on everyone lets all get to know each other by rolling on the floor with tears running down our faces!") laughter therapists hawk themselves from everything to large gathering to one on one laughter therapy. Information about many practitioners is on the Internet with some working with families facing serious health and personal issues. Some laughter therapists also advertise their trade in the area of relationship counseling.

  3. Friends: A low cost/ no-cost option, this involves getting your favorite, funniest group of people together -- cooking a meal together or going to a park or having a picnic or brunch -- anything where you're interacting with other people. Tell them something bizarre, weird, funny or stupid that's happened to you this week in a self-deprecating tone, start to laugh and if they're good mates the laughter will follow. If that fails turn up to Bondi Beach on a Saturday morning and have a laugh at the laughter club.

Suggested Reading:

6 Powerful Health Benefits of Laughter - Learn more here.

11 Scientific Benefits of Having a Laugh - Learn more here.

Laughter is the Best Medicine - Learn more here.

This challenge was closed on 7/26/2020

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