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September 8, 2021

I had trouble finding something to say that wasn't a downer. I have watched more than my normal share of news the last couple of days. So I Googled, "why we should laugh" and here is the best of the results I obtained.

  • Increased blood flow.  When you laugh, your brain releases beta-endorphins, which leads to the release of nitric oxide.  Nitric oxide is a powerful chemical that dilates the endothelium, the inner lining of your blood vessels.  Nitric oxide also reduces inflammation and prevents the buildup of cholesterol.
  • It counts as cardio.  Laughter has the same benefits of a cardio workout!  It gets your heart pumping and burns the same amount of calories as walking. Not to mention, it lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol.
  • It strengthens your immune system.  Studies show that laughing can boost your NK (natural killer) cells.  NK cells are a type of white blood cell that play a major role in fighting off viruses and bacteria.
  • Reduced stress. Cortisol and epinephrine are two of the hormones that are released when your body is exposed to stress.  Long-term release of these hormones can lead to depression, anxiety, weight gain, and increase your risk of heart disease.  Laughing reduces the stress hormones in your body, which opens up blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
  • The benefits last.  Laughter is spontaneous and there are so many different types.  Studies show that the effects of “mirthful” laughter can last 24 hours.  Arteries stay relaxed and stress levels stay low.

Greeters for September 8
Inspiration and Pledge
Keith Heck
Sergeant at Arms
Josh Welch
Program This Week
Andrea Roberts became a travel advisor in 2014 as a way to combine her two passions; travel and working with people. She has taken her travel knowledge and her customer service experiences to give her clients an individual touch when it comes to creating their best vacation. Her goal is to continue to travel, to experience new cultures and to be able to pass that knowledge on to her clients. Each destination is unique and beautiful, meant to be explored and remembered with fondness.

Andrea will talk about travel trends, requirements, and restrictions.
She will be introduced by Misti King.
Time: September 8, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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September 8: Travel: What does it look like? with Andrea Roberts
September 15: Travels with Frankie with Cate and Chad Battles
September 22: TBA - we WILL have a meeting. The Wildlife Images party has been postponed.
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This video is way longer than usual.
However, for some, it will be a walk in the past. So I figured - why not?
Someone spent a lot of time compiling this!
Stay well and safe!
Editor Hyla Lipson  The Rotary Club of Grants Pass