If you text or spend time on social media, you already know that LOL stands for "laugh out loud" and it's one of the most common acronyms that's been around for a long time. So long in fact, that I feel a little cheesy sometimes when I use it, so I go for the "hahahahaha" run that probably annoys the heck out of people.
Laughing is something that doesn't happen as much as it used to anymore, it seems. Not true laughter, the kind that doubles you over and makes your eyes water. Have we gotten to a point in our lives that we are so busy we only have time to post LOL to express ourselves?
When we smile and laugh, we get a little workout on the outside and an emotional boost on the inside. Steve Wilson, a psychologist and laugh therapist, has declared that we're better off the more we laugh, and that it might be healthier, too. According to science, laughter can increase blood flow, decrease blood sugar, may raise infection-fighting antibodies and help us sleep.(1)
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Surrounding ourselves with easy going friends and respectable, good humored media, is a great way to keep our spirits up and change our attitudes when they need adjustments. So remember to look on the sunny side when things get tough, and let loose a few good belly laughs to lighten the mood.
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