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Normally, I only post recipes on this site, but desperate times call for desperate measures. This is the latest post on my main blog, Purple Almond Wellness, on the health benefits of laughter, followed by 10 videos to boost your spirits in these somewhat dark times. ENJOY!

Purple Almond Wellness

Hello everyone! Now that covid-19 has hit and many of us are homebound, we may feel a bit sad and stressed. Did you know that laughing is one of the best things you can do? Yes, laughing is the best health advice ever. Laughing is so important that an entire branch of yoga has been created, known as “laughter yoga”. How do you do laughter yoga? Follow THIS LINK to learn more.


Experts advise us to…

LAUGH AT LEAST

15 MINUTES

EVERY DAY!

It has been scientifically proven

to make you healthier. Here’s how…

10 Health benefits of laughter

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Here’s what laughing for

15 minutes/day

can do for you:

  • Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent…

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Okinawan Cream of Mushroom Soup – Blue Zones

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