Laugh it up

Milwaukee Health - - PERSPECTIVE -

Laugh­ter burns calo­ries, keeps minds sharp and hearts strong, bonds us to oth­ers and re­leases pow­er­ful brain chem­i­cals like sero­tonin and en­dor­phins, ac­cord­ing to a 2017 Jour­nal

of Neu­ro­science ar­ti­cle, and laugh­ing with oth­ers even trig­gers an opi­oid re­lease. “It pro­vides phys­i­cal ben­e­fits, but also ben­e­fits to the mind, cre­at­ing real chem­i­cal changes in the brain that can shift how you feel, al­low­ing more pos­i­tive think­ing,” says Di Philippi, cer­ti­fied Laugh­ter Yoga leader and a psy­chother­a­pist. Diane Kane, founder of the Mil­wau­kee Laugh­ter Club, will even visit your work, school or sup­port group for an hour­long ses­sion cov­er­ing sci­ence, ac­tion­able steps and laugh­ter ex­er­cises “where we prac­tice laugh­ing for no rea­son,” says Kane, “be­cause some­times in our lives there is no rea­son to laugh.”

Greater Mil­wau­kee Foun­da­tion works with The Tan­dem restau­rant

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