The Chamber’s Business for the Arts group ushered 2017 in with hearty laughter and lots of fun – thanks to Katie Rose Wall, of Kaiser Permanente’s Arts Integrated Resources (AIR).
Katie not only made attendees of the “very first, early morning Chamber committee meeting after the holidays” play and laugh at themselves, she also shared the incredible health benefits of laughter:
- Improves respiration & breathing
- Increases pain tolerance
- Reduces stress, anxiety & tension
- Decreases depression, loneliness & anger
- Improves mental functioning and creativity
- Increases self-esteem
And, as a bonus benefit – if you laugh 200 times, it burns off the same amount of calories as 10 minutes on the rowing machine. So, go ahead and let out a ‘guffaw’ – even if you don’t necessarily feel like it – it will make you feel better!
Kaiser Permanente’s AIR promotes greater community health through educational theater, dynamic youth engagement products, and hands-on, experiential learning for all ages. All programs are free to schools, nonprofit organizations and community groups in Kaiser Permanente’s service areas throughout Colorado.