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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – With laughter yoga, lectures and many other family activities, San Jose was a day of pure laughter on Sunday.

    In the Plaza de la Cultura Festival Rica Costa Rica 2014, young and old were present to laugh and celebrate life.

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    Paul Zamora, a member of the Institute of Art and Laughter Therapy (IRPA) and event organizer, said the activity is played with several stations through which people would know and experience different kinds of laughing activities such as practicing laughter yoga, the benefits of laughter, weight control and health laughter.

    “It’s an activity to encourage laughter, peace and harmony among all people,” said Zamora on this activity which aimed to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of Costa Ricans.

    World Laughter Day has been celebrated since 1998 on the first Sunday of each May.

    The benefits of laughter go further than just feeling happy. For example, scientists at the University of California say that laughter is the new meditation.

    They found that laughter causes brain waves similar to those we have when we do meditation.

    Zamora, who serves as a psychologist and has training in subjects with laughter, ensures that the effects are integral.

    “When we smile and laugh, 400 muscles move, stress levels are lowered, endorphins increase which is the hormone of happiness, it helps blood circulation, memory, among others,” said Zamora.

    Indeed, Jean-Paul Bell, an Australian therapist found that laughter in older adults has many effects similar to antipsychotic medication and it delays the onset of disorders such as dementia.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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