Ha! It's World Laughter Day


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How about a few bellylaughs to celebrate World Laughter Day? Laughing is an easy way to nurture your organic spirit, with established health benefits: It reduces stress, relieves pain, and bolsters your cardiovascular and immune systems.

Hey U.G.L.Y. Inc. (Unique Gifted Lovable You), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising teenagers’ self-esteem, is commemorating today’s holiday with the release of a new CD, Laugh It Off (Volume 2), featuring comedians like Saturday Night Live alum Tim Kazurinsky and Late Show with David Letterman regular Bob Sarlatte. You can order it through the group’s website, which showcases articles on self-esteem, celebrity quotes about body image, contests and exercises.

“We know the healing powers of laughter and how it can improve health and relieve stress,” says Betty Hoeffner, the group’s president. “Many teens are under tremendous stress, and we wanted the CD to be a tool to help them. When we saw other charities securing celebrities to donate things like purses, shoes and even bras, we thought celebrities donating their laughter would be a perfect fit. The CD is a big fundraiser for us, and with the help of these comedians, we hope to raise awareness for our cause and the funds we need to continue developing self-esteem–building programs for teens.”

Hey U.G.L.Y. also offers a unique Mother’s Day gift called Chocolate & Chuckles, which includes organic chocolate from Newman’s Own Organics and a Laugh It Off CD.

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