What made you laugh in 2015?

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At #SweetCandorTV, we are firm believers in laughter and highlighting the positive. 2015 has flashed before our eyes with some moments a lot better than others — some that made us think, some that made us speak out and even cry. But, we hope there were some that made you laugh harder than you have before!

We found this CNN-created photo montage that highlights laughter throughout 2015 and couldn’t help but share it with you all. 

CLICK HERE: CNN’s This Year in Laughter

Laughter’s Effects on the Body

As if laughing wasn’t good enough, check out other benefits of laughter reported by WebMD:

  • Blood flow. Researchers at the University of Maryland studied the effects on blood vessels when people were shown either comedies or dramas. After the screening, the blood vessels of the group who watched the comedy behaved normally — expanding and contracting easily. But the blood vessels in people who watched the drama tended to tense up, restricting blood flow.
  • Immune response. Some studies have shown that the ability to use humor may raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body and boost the levels of immune cells, as well. 
  • Blood sugar levels. One study of 19 people with diabetes looked at the effects of laughter on blood sugar levels. After eating, the group attended a tedious lecture. On the next day, the group ate the same meal and then watched a comedy. After the comedy, the group had lower blood sugar levels than they did after the lecture. 
  • Relaxation and sleep. The focus on the benefits of laughter really began with Norman Cousin’s memoir, Anatomy of an Illness. Cousins, who was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful spine condition, found that a diet of comedies, like Marx Brothers films and episodes of Candid Camera, helped him feel better. He said that ten minutes of laughter allowed him two hours of pain-free sleep.

Read the full report and other health benefits here:  http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter?page=2

So, what made you laugh this year? Share on the comment section below or on official social media sites @SweetCandorTV.

Kelli Bennett is a freelance writer and editor recognized for her feature writing, business reporting, personal/business profiles and social media skills. She combines her passions for service and creativity with her inquisitive personality and writing ability. This equation ignited a yearning in Kelli to be the “Voice for the Unheard.” The excitement Kelli felt while writing her first feature remains with each story she writes.  She has been privileged to cover several stories for the Indiana Minority Business Magazine, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, Ball Bearings Magazine and numerous other publications. Kelli received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in Journalism from Ball State University in May 2013. When not investigating or constructing intriguing story angles, Kelli finds escape in music and serving her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kelli will never neglect her first love: music. She has been honored to sing for the National Department of Defense and other community organizations.

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