Tuesday, June 16, 2015


When was the last time you laughed? No, I don't meanthe last time you typed "LOL" to someone on IM. And I don't mean that small chuckle that you actually laughed out loud at the oh-so-clever joke that your cousin shared on Facebook. I mean when is the last time that you seriously laughed?

There is an old adage that laughter is the best medicine. Researchers have indicated this may actually be correct from some of the positive physical benefits of laughter. In a quick summary, laughing can:

  • Boost your heart rate
  • Increase oxygen flow
  • Act as an exercise
  • Burn excess calories
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve sleep
  • and more
So, if laughter is so great, why don't we take advantage of it more often? Too often I think we let ourselves get in the way. Being overly serious in an attempt to impress others or keep our guard up. This is particularly relevant at work. If your answer to the above question was relatively recent, let me get more specific; When was the last time that you seriously laughed at work?

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