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1/3/08 4:35 P

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Great article, thanks for sharing with the team! I am much more upbeat and able to roll with the punches when I am getting regular exercise, especially outdoor walks. emoticon We Arizonans had better enjoy it while we can...

Laughter is indeed good medicine. That reminds me, has anyone seen that Special K commercial? A little kid comes down the stairs and sees someone wearing a red outfit bending over the fireplace. He says, "Santa?" And then we see a close-up of his mom. ROFL, talk about motivation and a good giggle. LOL, it sorta looks like the shot my niece took of me a couple years ago -- the backside, I mean. emoticon

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12/30/07 12:14 A

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The brain chemical serotonin can help suppress appetite. How do you get your body to release more serotonin? Here's some research:

Studies show that prolonged, continuous exercise can increase production and release of seratonin, which results in a sense of euphoria. People who run often have described the feeling of a seratonin, or endorphin, release during a run as "runner's high." ... Omega-3's play an important role in the function of seratonin. Eating fatty fish 2-3 times per week can significantly reduce depression and anxiety. You can also purchase fish oil or flaxseed supplements which contain omega-3's at the grocery store if you don't enjoy eating fish.

Laughter has innumerable other benefits. It proves a potent anti-stress factor, decreases asthmatic attacks, increases stamina, relives arthritic pain, ensures good sleep and elevates mood. Since the serotonin levels go up after laughter, it is an effective antidote for depression too.

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