The power of laugh

Manzanita’s Art of Aging series will liven up the dark days of midwinter with a Wednesday, Feb. 14, session on “The Power of Humor and Laughter.”

Led by a team of Art of Aging facilitators, the session will aim to show participants how to add more humor and laughter to each day.

“There is plenty of research out there on the benefits of humor and laughter, for body, mind and spirit,” said Art of Aging facilitator Tela Skinner. “Laughter appears to change brain chemistry and may boost the immune system.”

Skinner said humor can allow a person to feel in control of a situation and to release fears, anger and stress.

“Humor improves the quality of life,” she said. “Even without the research, we know this intuitively.”

The event will run from 3 to 5 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue. Admission is $5.

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