|Marcus and Caleb|
Well our annual, Bear Lake family reunion this past weekend was a huge success. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be LAUGHTER. We giggled so much and as I would be falling over with laughter, I realized there are many benefits to laughing your way to good health. When you are happy, you tend to face things with a better attitude even if it is lunges. A good belly laugh works your abdominal muscles and snickering, giggling, and laughing all burn calories. There are even studies to prove it.
New research published in the International Journal of Obesity has discovered that laughter really is the best medicine for a weight problem.The small study included 45 pairs of adult friends, who were shown either funny or serious film clips in a room that was set up with equipment to measure the amount of calories burnt and to monitor the rate, duration and type of laughter. The participants also wore heart monitors to measure their heart rate.The researchers discovered that laughing increased both heart rate and calorie expenditure by up to 20 per cent – and the longer participants laughed for the greater the effects.
I love my family and thoroughly enjoyed our time together.
|Kurt and Katie|
|Sam, Landi, Vanessa, Sopia, Ryan and Jordan|
|Landi and Ryan|