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Fun and laughter

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I make others laugh.

I take part in activities that are fun and make me laugh.

I have a hobby, sport or thing that is a lot of fun.

I try to find humor in bad times.

I can make fun of myself and don't mind when others make fun of me.

I smile every day.

I regularly take the initiative to have fun.

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      Private notes on 'fun and laughter'

      The enjoyment of pleasure such as leisure activities where you get to laugh.

      Humor and laughter stimulates the immune system[1][3]. Laughter reduces blood pressure and stress[2]. Laughter is beneficial for social relationships, especially couple relationships[4]. Humor helps you cope better with pain[5][6].

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      • [1] Bennett, M. P., & Lengacher, C. (2009). Humor and Laughter May Influence Health IV. Humor and Immune Function. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine?: eCAM, 6(2), 159–164. doi:10.1093/ecam/nem149. View
      • [2] Berk, L. S., et al. (1989). Neuroendocrine and Stress Hormone Changes during Mirthful Laughter. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 298, 390–96. View
      • [3] Dillon, K.M., Minchoff, B., & Baker, K.H. (1985-86). Positive emotional states and enhancement of the immune system. International Journal of Psychiatry, 15(1), 13-18. View
      • [4] Lauer, R. H., Lauer, J. C., & Kerr, S. T. (1990). The long-term marriage: Perception of stability and satisfaction. International Journal on Aging and Human Development, 31, 189–195.doi:10.2190=H4X7-9DVX-W2N1-D3BF. View
      • [5] Weisenberg, M., et al. (1995). Humor as a cognitive technique for increasing pain tolerance. Pain, 63, 207-212. View
      • [6] Nevo, O., et al. (1993). Humor and pain tolerance. International Journal of Humor Research, 6, 71-78