Get serious about laughing

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Get serious about laughing

With the pandemic and social upheaval, there’s no better time than now for having more fun. Howard Scott, a miserable’ lawyer, learned how to do that. He wants to help you do it, too, by doing things that make you feel better, boosting your energy, get more out of life, and just plain laughing. “When you’ve channeled yourself to something that you’re passionate about, laughter comes easy. Laughter is contagious, so everyone around you starts to laugh more. Laughing is your body’s built-in stress-relief mechanism,” he says.

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News

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More money from Social Security in 2022

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Lifestyles

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Food

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Adventures

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Health & Fitness

Signs and downsides of when eyes are going bad

As people age, they are at higher risk for certain eye diseases and conditions that can cause low vision and impact quality of life. These include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Lighthouse Guild, a not-for-profit eyesight and healthcare organization, notes the key to safeguarding sight is early detection of problems. Here’s
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Personal Finance/Consumers

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