Beyond Blue

So laughter can keep you happy and sane. It can also keep you skinny! That’s according to Our Lady of Weight Loss.
Eric has been reading her newly released book, “All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps,” and he’s giving me the abbreviated version: laugh a lot and forgive yourself.
Here’s what Janice Taylor, Our Lady of Weight Loss, says about humor:

“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” –Bob Newhart
Is there anything more delicious than a side-splitting, hearty belly laugh—complete with tears running down your cheeks? Certainly not! I love to laugh and to smile.
Humor and laughter can help to …
* activate the will to live
* lower stress
* elevate mood
* improve brain functioning
* reduce risk of heart disease, strokes, arthritis, and ulcers
* dissolve anger
* burn calories
* exercise muscles
That’s right—not only is laughter the best medicine it gives your diaphragm, abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles a fabulous workout. In fact, a good, hearty laugh burns more calories than several minutes on a rowing machine or exercise bike; and it causes a domino effect of joyous proportion

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