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Laughter did not change this man’s life but made it worse. (It all changed when he learned to love himself.)

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This is the story of a man who laughed lots, made others laugh, and still felt like dying. Frank used humor, and lots of it. The jokes were on him, all self-deprecating. Truth is, Frank hated himself.

Clapping hands can change your life: Science, Testimonial, Video

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Clapping hands is really good for you! According to several well established healing modalities (acupressure, acupuncture, reflexology, and various adaptations of the above), the hands and palms have numerous reflex points that, when stimulated, engage the body's healing response and prompt a gradual (sometimes near immediate) improvement in any type of ailment.

Gelos, God of Laughter and Warriors?

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Was Gelos - Greek God of Laughter - also a god of warriors? The answer is not as clear cut as you may think. This article reviews humor in Ancient Greece, and how Sparta - home to its most military organized and brutal people - was one of the only two ancient Greek city-states known to have built a special temple for Gelos in which to worship him. A proposed explanation is that "It is easier to practice psychological honesty about dark aspects of human existence with the protective shield of laughter."

The Three Stages Of Playfulness, And Why Timing Matters

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Laughter Yoga advocates childlike playfulness and that is wonderful, but what many don't understand is that playfulness in the world of adults unfolds in at least three distinct stages. First you have to warm up to it, then you have to consolidate it, and then you can do what you want that is outside of [...]

The Duke SMILE Studies: Can Exercising Replace Antidepressants?

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Blumenthal and colleagues conducted several randomized controlled trials in 2000 comparing the effects of aerobic exercise to antidepressant medication. These were called the SMILE (Standard Medical Intervention & Long-term Exercise) studies. For the record, depression is a common disorder that is associated with compromised quality of life, increased health care costs, and greater risk for [...]