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Living long with laughter

By on June 9, 2015

I just visited my Aunt Rose in Florida, who is now 96. I have always been intrigued by her sharp mind and incredible sense of humor.

Within a few minutes of being in her company she is telling jokes, smiling, laughing and always speaking about how grateful she is for her family, the two husbands she had and the life she still lives. She recently redid her teeth with implants so her smile would remain stella, and it is!

Aunt Rose did yoga before its time, danced a lot and studied sports events and current news events, so she can talk about just anything.

She used a face vibrator for her skin long before it became fashionable, and when I see her she always reminds me to use one. Her skin is still as soft and smooth as a baby’s bottom. To be with her is simply a joy!

Her secrets to long life and health are simple:

  • Find humor in things.

  • Laugh lots.

  • Be grateful.

Studies today show that this formula is key to living a long life. I found the following benefits of laughter from the Mayo Clinic:

“A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body.

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.”

I returned home smiling from my visit with Aunt Rose, remembering that being present is having lightness of heart and gratitude.

With summer season upon us, bringing a sense of freedom and joy, I invite you to practice “the cup half full” asana as Aunt Rose does daily. It’s surely a key to longevity!

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About Gedalia Genin

I am a holistic intuitive/ Ayurvedic health specialist that helps women naturally change their lives. Gedalia lives in Atlanta and practices in two locations. Her free time is spent in nature and painting For more info visit her website

One Comment


    Deena Wisotsky

    June 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    How true! I enjoyed the article!

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