Your laugh style, that is! Is it a snicker, giggle, cackle, guffaw? Or do you howl, roar, or shriek with laughter? It doesn’t matter how you do it, just as long as you do it. Why? Because laughing is good for your health. Need to release some stress or improve your mood? Just laugh! Laughter shuts down the release of stress hormones like cortisol, and triggers the production of feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine, which has all kinds of calming and anti-anxiety benefits. So anyway, when was the last time you had a good old fashioned knee-slapping, belly laughing, laughed so hard you cried time? If you can’t remember, it’s been way too long. Go ahead and get your laugh on!
Funny haha, or funny weird?
Either way, laughter is a funny thing. Check out these surprising facts about laughter that will make you think a little deeper about how and why you laugh.
No laughing matter!
It’s no joke that laughing is good for your health. So if that’s the case, why not do more of it? Use these tips to help you lighten up and laugh more each and every day.
Move of the Month
You really can get in a workout while working at your desk. Here’s Katie with our fitness move of the month!
Seated Leg Raise:
Sit in your chair, upright with good posture (straight spine, engaging your core muscles)
- Extend legs outward with your heels on the ground making sure not to lock your knees
- Raise extended legs up in the air (about 8 to 12 inches from the ground)
- Repeat 8-10 times for 3 sets!
*For an added challenge add some weight such as a ream of paper to balance on your lower legs. If using both legs is a bit much, try one leg at a time keeping your other leg planted firmly on the ground.
This is a great exercise to strengthen your core and leg muscles, increase blood flow, and can help “wake up” the body when you begin to feel sluggish from sitting.