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Monday, February 3, 2014

Laughter - the Best Medicine



Do you have enough laughter in your life? Medical studies tell us that laughter releases endorphins, nature’s natural pain killers. Laughter relaxes the skeletal system, reduces stress, lowers the blood pressure, and regulates the heart rate. According to inspirational speaker Marilyn Meburg, your liver needs laughter because it gets no exercise. The liver is the organ in your body that gets rid of toxins. So, if you’re not laughing you’re neglecting your liver.

With the weather we’re having—snow, snow, cold, more snow—I need more laughter in my life, which is why I always look forward to the Super Bowl commercials. Forget the game. I think Denver would be very happy to forget the game.

Warmhearted ads are fine, like the Budweiser commercial with the puppy and the Clydesdale—cute but lacked impact because the Today show aired it earlier in the week. The Chrysler ad with Bob Dylan made me proud rather than embarrassed that I’m from Detroit. The Chevy ad with the cancer survivor was touching.

But I’d rather laugh. For me, nothing can top the little Darth Vader who uses the “Force” to start his dad’s car. I guess the ad from a couple of years ago wasn’t very effective since I can’t remember which car.

The ad makers for Doritos never fail to make me laugh. This year’s with the girl and the dog made me laugh out loud. So did the pistachio commercial. Other than that, I was disappointed in the ads.

How about you? What made you laugh or tear up? Besides the game.

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