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Laugh And Be Strong!

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Kabbalah's Tree of Life consists of 10 energy centers that are emanations of divine energy. Each one, called a sefirah, has many associations and qualities.

Belly Dancing and Laughter: How to Add Years to Your Life - or Life to Your Year

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 08.27.2012 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

I looked around the room at my friends, each straining to make circular motions with their less-than-flexible hips while trying to keep their heads still, and tried (unsuccessfully) to stifle a giggle.

WATCH: Tickled Rat Laughs Out Loud

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.12.2012 | Science

How do you get a rat to laugh? Telling a joke won't work, but scientists say a rat will laugh when tickled--and they're not joking. One of the most...

Inclusive Jesus (and Others at Wild Goose) Now on the West Coast Too

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

I'm still hungry for the community faith can provide when its not busy judging others. I want to share that good news. And Wild Goose Festival is the place I've discovered that shares that vision.

The Infinite Reach of My Mother's Laughter

Darin Murphy | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents
Darin Murphy

My mother Hallie passed away this month at age 68. She was beautiful, smart, curious, compassionate, and rebellious, a compulsive reader and a talented psychotherapist. But of all her attributes, none surpassed her capacity to laugh.

Catherine Pearson

World Laughter Day: The Healing Benefits Of Laughter Yoga

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.06.2012 | Healthy Living

When it comes to laughter yoga, faking it ‘til you make it is just fine. At least, that's what Vishwa Prakash said at the start of the session th...

When Dreams and Reality Collide

Jacob Devaney | Posted 07.02.2012 | Home
Jacob Devaney

Something may be real for us, but not validated by the outside world, and all of us experience this feeling at some point. We live in a reality that is surrounded by mysteries, but our culture is obsessed with explaining them away, so we find peace in the mystery of our dreams.

National Humor Month: Laughing Matters

Posted 05.07.2012 | Women

Are you stressed out? Unable to relax? Feeling gloomy? Well, you might consider going for a long and exhausting jog, or engaging in a frantic game of ...

National Humor Month: Laughing Your Way to Good Health

Marlo Thomas | Posted 06.26.2012 | Women
Marlo Thomas

There are two things I like to do every day of my life -- look after my health, and laugh. Not a bad combo, right? But did you know that by doing the second, you're also doing the first?

Emergency Stress Relief

Martin Boroson | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Martin Boroson

When you're stressed, it is so tempting to fantasize about being not stressed. You imagine feeling peaceful and relaxed later -- but fantasizing about being unstressed at some other time or place doesn't help you in this moment, right now, right here, in the midst of the stress.

Can Laughter Count As Exercise?

Posted 04.05.2012 | Healthy Living

By Emily Milam How's this for a good laugh? Fits of laughter have been linked to reduced pain and mental stress, stronger social bonds and improv...

Linguine, Literature and Laughter

Charlie Carillo | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Charlie Carillo

My career as a writer leads me to the conclusion that three "L" words make life worth living: Linguine, literature and laughter. In this video you'll see how to make a good red sauce for linguine, while hearing crazy stories about literature.

PHOTOS: The Joy Of Estonia's Community Swings

Meg Pier | Posted 05.05.2012 | Travel
Meg Pier

A time-honored gathering spot for Estonians is the community swing. I saw these structures all over the country in my travels, huge wooden platforms that can accommodate a crowd.

The Holy Teaching Power Of Laughter

Homayra Ziad | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Homayra Ziad

My teacher knew a cardinal rule of moral instruction: Never take yourself too seriously. That master of pedagogy, the great poet-saint Rumi, reminds us that "the true teacher knocks down the idol the student makes of him."

I'm Having Too Much Fun -- And So Should You!

Tony Horton | Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Tony Horton

Life's too short; we all should enjoy it to the utmost. So how can we begin living healthier, more fulfilling lives?

The Nobel Peace Prize: A Laughing Matter?

Lisa Witter | Posted 12.22.2011 | Impact
Lisa Witter

Fun is often thought of as superfluous, extra, something to get to when you have time and a tool not to be used in serious situations. But fun can be, and has been, a powerful tool for transformation when tapped appropriately.

Inspiration and Child-Like Innocence: Are We Allowed?

Denise Lumiere | Posted 12.07.2011 | Parents
Denise Lumiere

What if we really allowed ourselves to enjoy life, to laugh more -- and to see more inspirational movies? What if we took some time off, even if it is just two hours to enjoy a children's movie? What could be wrong with that?

Living Fully, Intentionally And Wholeheartedly

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Since no one is an island, quit acting like one. Reach out for help, ask for it, and humbly admit your need. And when you perceive need in someone else, offer help without feeling superior.

I'm With Stupid: If You Don't Laugh at This You Could Die

Todd Hartley | Posted 11.16.2011 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I find myself in a bit of an ironic situation this week. On the one hand, I have the pleasure of reporting that it turns out laughter really is the be...

Laughter Ups Pain Tolerance, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Amanda Chan | Posted 11.15.2011 | Healthy Living

We all know how good it feels to have a hearty laugh, and now a new study suggests that a guffaw can also reduce the feeling of pain. University o...

WATCH: If This Doesn't Make You Smile You're Dead

Posted 11.07.2011 | Comedy

Sometimes a video is just nice. Ya know? It reassures you that there are pleasant, good things out there, and that we're all gonna be okay, and ugh, i...

Laughter: A Part Of Our Living And Our Dying

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 11.05.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Believe it or not, being with families of people who are dying can also provide opportunities for humor. Very funny situations happen to people in their lives and recounting them when someone is dying is healthy.

Laughter And Chocolate: Good For The Heart

The Huffington Post | Laura Schocker | Posted 10.29.2011 | Healthy Living

Maybe laughter really is the best medicine -- especially if it’s taken with a dose of chocolate. Two practically-too-good-to-be-true studies pres...

National Debt, War, Cancer And The Blessing Of Laughter

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

I have become even more firmly convinced that sometimes laughter is the greatest blessing we have in stressful times. Perhaps God wants us to laugh in those moments when pain seems to be the only thing we feel.

It's Seriously A Good Idea To Laugh At Yourself, Science Confirms

Huffington Post | Amanda Chan | Posted 10.10.2011 | Healthy Living

Are you really, truly capable of laughing at yourself? If so, it's a good sign that you have an optimistic personality and a good sense of humor, a...