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Laugh it Off!

Category: Well, Let_s Talk!
Posted: 2007-08-02 19:41

I've come to learn that taking life to seriously is bad for one's health and impedes our search for hapiness. Happiness begins within. Laughter is from within and from outside - when we laugh we vocalize and that in turn comes back into our own ears. So, when we laugh we create our own echo - feeding ourselves and others from the OutsideIN!

A good laugh is not only enjoyable but also promotes better health. Laughter is a revitalizing tonic that heightens and brightens mood, gently relieving tensions and social constraints. It costs nothing.

Here are some of the benefits of laughter I've discovered:

REDUCTION OF STRESS HORMONES
Laughter is the best tonic in stressful situations. When we laugh we cannot be worrying at the same time. Laughter reduces at least 4 of neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress response. Stress is one of the most important factors for cause of high blood pressure. In experiments, it has been proved that there is drop of 10-20 mm pressure after participating for 10 minutes in a laughter session.

IMMUNE SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT
It has been proved that negative emotions like anxiety, depression or anger weaken the immune system of the body, thereby reducing its fighting capacity against diseases. Researchers have found that laughter increases the production of antibodies which in turn strengthens the immune system.

PAIN REDUCTION
Humour allows a person to forget about pains. It draws attention away from the source of discomfort at least momentarily. Laughter causes the production of endorphins, one of the body’s natural pain killers.

CARDIAC EXERCISE
When you are having a good belly laugh, you will find that your heart is racing. You can give your heart a good workout several times a day just by laughing.

RESPIRATION
Frequent belly laughter empties your lungs of more air than it takes in, resulting in a cleansing effect - similar to deep breathing. Especially recommended to patients suffering from asthma and other respiratory ailments.

MAKES YOU LOOK YOUTHFUL
Laughter is an excellent exercise for your facial muscles. It tones up the muscles of the face and improves facial expressions. When you laugh, there is an increase in blood supply, which nourishes the facial skin making it glow. People who laugh look more cheerful and attractive. By squeezing the tear glands through laughter, it moistens the eyes adding a little sparkle to them. Laughter exercises the abdominal muscles and helps improve the muscle tone of those with pot-bellies.

So, when the next "situation" comes along, laugh it off!
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Oatmeal Baths

Category: Recipes
Posted: 2007-08-01 22:49

After finding out how good oats are, from the OutsideIN, I am on the prowl for other "oat-rageously" good finds!

Here is something new:

Honey Oatmeal Milk Bath

* 1 cup powdered milk
* 1 cup finely ground oats
* 1/2 cup honey powder
* 2 tsp fragrant oil of choice

Place all ingredients into a glass or stainless steel bowl, mix well. Add approx 1/2 cup to warm bath, relax and enjoy!!
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