“Laughter is the Best Medicine”

If you haven’t taken a look at “Grad School Barbie”…..here is the link.

A new gift idea for your loved ones: Graduate School Barbie (TM).

Grad school barbie

Ok for those of you who have already taken a look…..

You may now be thinking the following:

“Very very funny- thanks for the laugh- I needed it in my last term of course work for my grad degree”

“Boy, did I need this after my Monday.”

“I LOVE it! I’m rolling laughing right now!”

OR you may have taken Grad School Barbie a bit more seriously…

Your response may then look a bit like this:

“This article seems to discourage women from pursuing higher education by suggesting that it will make them old, tired, cranky and unattractive…”

“I found it a little disgusting and derogatory…”

“I am offended on a moral, cultural, and psychological level.”

Whether you find the article amusing or not, my intention was never to offend anyone.

I am a full-time graduate student, I am a female….and I have been rocking the “adorable black circles under her delightfully bloodshot eyes” for quite some time now. My outfits are comfortable yes..and I HAVE questioned whether settling for a job that paid 40,000 a year was the “better option”.

BUT I personally know that I made the CORRECT choice of pursuing a higher degree…because with challenges comes growth.

Instead of over-analyzing something that I simply CHOSE TO SHARE (you know, RE-BLOG)…I invite you to join in and laugh it off.

With that said, did you know?

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LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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.

THE LINK BETWEEN LAUGHTER AND MENTAL HEALTH

Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.

Humor shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Source: http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

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