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Laughter is truly the best medicine

Here are a few suggestions to read and watch that will bright your day…

Check out these true to life reasons why you should look on the brighter, funnier side even when times are tough. There’s a basket full of physical and psychological benefits:

Your cardiac health can be improved.
Laughter makes your heart pump as much as walking according to experts.

It’s good for a T-cell boost.
A chuckle can boost your immune system and even help ward off the onset of a cold or fever.

Calorie burner.
Research shows that even a few minutes of laughing can burn between 10–40 kilo-calories.

Reduce anxiety.
Research tells us that laughing can both heighten your energy levels and reduce your anxiety by up to 50 per cent.

Control hypertension.
Laugh a lot—it will help reduce your blood pressure.

Resilience.
Humour keeps negative emotions in check and releases feel-good hormones that help us deal with difficult times.

Here are a few suggestions to read and brighten your day!

I’m Too Young To Be Seventy: And Other Delusions

By Judith Viorst 

Fans of Viorst’s funny, touching, and wise decades poems will love these verses filled with witty advice and reflections on marriage, milestones, and middle-aged children.

Prime of Life

By P.D. Bekendam

Ben used to be a cardiothoracic surgeon before he suddenly abandoned his career and became a janitor at a retirement facility. Now, other than dealing with minor problems such as an unhealthy obsession with prime numbers, an inept boss, and a feud between two cantankerous retirees, he lives a relatively stressfree life.

1001 One-Liners and Short Jokes

By Graham Cann

They’re all here in this classic collection of the most hilarious one-liners on planet Earth! This eye-watering compilation has been carefully selected to get your giggle glands going and is guaranteed to give you hours of laughter and enjoyment.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine

By Amy Newmark

Turn off the news and spend a few days not following current events. Instead, return to the basics—humanity’s ability to laugh at itself. Maybe you should even do a news cleanse for a few days! Hide under the covers and read these stories instead. Or read a chapter a day, or a story a day for 101 days.

Movies for your watchlist…

• Mrs. Doubtfire
• The Grand Budapest Hotel
• On Golden Pond
• Moonstruck
• Big Fish
• Bucket List
• Grumpy Old Men.

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