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Laughter – the great medicine

You might have heard that laughter is the best medicine. Well, there are reasons why this became a popular belief

Laughter makes us feel good. The positive energy we get while laughing remains with you even after it subsides. Humour also helps you in keeping a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations and losses in life. Moreover, laughter also gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of hope and happiness. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh, or even simply a smile, can go a long way toward making you feel better.

It’s always fun to share a good laugh, but did you know it can also improve your health? Here’s how you can harness the powerful benefits of laughter and humor.

  • The laughter stops distressing emotions. Hence, you cannot feel anxious, angry, or sad when you are laughing.
  • Laughter helps you to recharge and relax. Laughter reduces stress and increases your energy, which enables you to stay focused.
  • Laughter shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light.
  • Laughter draws you closer to others, which can have a profound effect on all aspects of your mental and emotional 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.
  • Laughter burns calories. Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories—now you know why they have those laughing clubs.
  • Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.

Now that you know the benefits of laughter, just laugh it out!

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6 signs that you are an attention seeker

If you’re someone who seeks attention and thinks that no harm can ever come off it. But in reality, being a desperate attention lover can do more damage
Ritika SrivastavaTeentalkindia Counsellor

Most of us can live without much attention from the world, and we can get along just fine as long as we have a few friends whom we can rely on. But there are certain people who completely need the attention of everyone around them. Your attention-catching ways will leave you feeling insecure, make your friends dislike you, and ultimately, no one will even trust you or even care for you.

1. They always play the victim

Compassion is something they will trade anything for and that’s why you will notice that they always play the victim. Even if they are at mistake or have done something wrong, they will apologize but will grieve about their situation and will try and justify what they did, making you end up with guilt for accusing them of doing what they have done.

2. They keep complaining always

Negative and suspicious all the time, they always complain about everyone. If there is a prize for causing the most amount of drama in the shortest length of time, these people surely deserve that. Because no matter how organized a set up is, they will play the cynic and will always find flaws and complaint about it. 

3. They are on social media always

They are the ones who are super active on Twitter, Instagram, etc. They will keep posting pictures with impressive captions with a simple aim that is to get the maximum number of likes and get a virtual reaffirmation for their fascinating lifestyle and so-called intelligent persona. The hyper activeness on social media is a frantic attempt to gain attention from people, more than half of which you don’t even know personally.

4. They always look for flattery

Attention seekers are constantly looking for approval about their qualities. They know they are good looking, intelligent and able but that is not sufficient for them. They not only want people around them to know about their aptitude, but they also want to hear compliments and admirations. 

5. They often get mood swings

You could be in a heated argument with your parents and friends, but if a new friend calls you over the phone, you can change your approach almost instantly and become really nice while talking to them.

6. They are not concerned about other’s life

They quite happily dominate the conversation and gain the sympathy or advice of the person they are talking to, but rarely reciprocate. They are extremely self-centered and they do not even realize it. 

Attention catching is a way of life. Even if you are the one, you may never recognize it and you may assume everyone else is envious of you because you’re getting the attention of the world and you’re so popular. Attention seekers are not good social persons and are full of themselves. So, you should be precisely choosing your friends as you may end up losing a lot of time and energy on a drama King or a Queen. If you think you are around someone who is like the above mentioned, it is time you take some sensible decisions.

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