A note from our president, Angi Morgan

Angi Morgan is the author of Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Her debut Harlequin Intrigue, Hill Country Holdup, is her Golden Heart winning manuscript and also an RT & Booksellers’ Best Award nominee.

April 2015

LAUGHTER

I missed last month’s meeting while on a retreat with three writing friends. The retreat was successful. I wrote the normal amount of words for me that I write daily at home. So why was it a success?

Laughter. Hysterical uncontrolled, burst out loud until your belly hurts laughter.

It was the first retreat or get-away that I wasn’t in charge of something or served on the board or was responsible for a guest or attending a workshop or even feeling guilty for NOT attending a workshop. We went. We wrote. We talked. And we laughed.

"I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off," says Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologist and laugh therapist. "They might be healthier too." ~WebMD

Wait. Hold everything. Is that a real title? LAUGH THERAPIST? People get paid for this? That is so cool!

I had to “Google” it. Here are some results:

I knew the weekend had helped me. I thought I just needed to get away, but who knew laughter therapy was a real occupation. “Laughter therapy, also called humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort.”

“And laughter appears to burn calories, too. Maciej Buchowski, a researcher from Vanderbilt University, conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turned out that 10-15 minutes of laughter burned 50 calories.“ ~WebMD

Well, that’s a cool benefit.

“Laughter is part of a larger picture. "Laughter is social, so any health benefits might really come from being close with friends and family, and not the laughter itself."

I can accept that.

Scientific or not, all I can say is that laughter is good for me. I hope you get a weekend of laughter.

~Angi

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