Elizabeth – Laughing

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This topic is relevant to me because I love to laugh. Humor is contagious, and laughter is something that everyone loves and enjoys. What could be better than a contagious giggle? Try to be pleasant and fun as possible, so you can laugh more! As well as being an enjoyable pass time, laughing has many health benefits.

Lots of people know the quote ‘Laughter is the best medicine.’, but do not know the reasons behind it. Here are some both long and short term benefits of laughter:

  • Eases your anxiety and fear

  • Relieves the stress from work

  • Improve alertness

  • Improves your mood

  • Helps defuse tension and conflict

  • Makes you happy

  • Strengthens relationships

  • Decreases chance of heart disease, increasing blood flow

  • Boosts your immune system

  • Releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals

  • Lowers your stress hormones

  • Relaxes muscles

I think that all teens should be laughing daily and often.

I learned a lot about what laughter is and how it happens in your brain. A study was done (the study of laughter is called gelotology), and in your brain, different parts are used to understand a joke and laugh.

  • Laughter is just a response to humor, not the same as humor

  • There are two parts:  the sound and the gestures

  • It seems so normal for us to laugh, yet us humans are the only animals that can laugh

How we laugh (in your brain)

  • Your left side of the cortex (layers or cells at the top of your head) analyzes the structure of the joke

  • Your large frontal lobe becomes active

  • Your right hemisphere of the cortex intellectually analyzes the humor to ‘get’ the joke

  • Brainwave activity spreads to sensory processing area of the occipital lobe (the analysis of visual signals)

  • Your now stimulated motor section causes the physical reactions

I believe that laughter should be an important component in everyone’s lives, as it is healthy, and very pleasant.

Maia- Drinking Water

Drinking water is something we need for our everyday bodily functions like creating saliva, maintaining the balance of body fluids, transporting nutrients and controlling calories. Water has plays and important role towards our bodies, because after all, we are up to 60% water. Drinking water is something we definitely don’t do enough. It’s pretty obvious that without water, we would all just, die, but what are some realistic problems about not drinking enough water?

If we don’t drink enough water, the following will happen:

  • Kidneys not able to remove toxins
  • Get headaches and migraines
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Muscle cramps

On the contrary, drinking too much water has it’s downside as well. If you drink too much water, that can result in death. This is because of water intoxication or hyponatremia.

What is water intoxication?

  • Means “insufficient amount of salt”
  • Nutrients become diluted and can’t function properly
  • Sodium imbalance → massive cell damage
  • Brain cells swell and burst with pressure when trying to absorb all the water

Who suffers from water intoxication?

Most people who suffer from this are athletes and babies, although it hardly results in death. Athletes suffer from this because when they sweat, the release the nutrients inside their bodies and have nothing to replenish what is lost. When people do exercise, they commonly drink water, but water does not help and restore nutrients causing them to suffer from water intoxication.

With all this said, how much water should we drink?

Everyone is different and should balance out what they drink with what they sweat and pee, but in general, everyone should drink about 6-8, 8 ounce glasses of water each day to stay healthy. That’s a total of about 1.9L!

How does this relate to us?

I know that most of us would not suffer from water intoxication but would most likely suffer from dehydration. During P.E. and through out the day, most of us DON’T drink enough water and don’t keep hydrated, therefore, we can not focus properly in class and have a hard time trying to participate. Lastly, as teenagers, I think majority of us would prefer sodas to water.

In conclusion, water is a major part of our life and we must take in what we need each day, not too much and not too little. It helps our everyday bodily functions and keeps us alert and ready through out the day. Water is something us teenagers definitely need to drink more often. Lets start today!

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Mayo Clinic Staff. “Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day?” Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2014.

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