By Martha B.

A belly laugh is a hearty laugh originating from the abdomen (also known as one’s “belly”). While I am not qualified to write about Belly Dancing, I surely can report to you a bit about the benefits of a good belly laugh:

Laughter has been measured to increase heart rates by 10 to 20 percent, and therefore, according to experts at Huffpost  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/laughter-health_b_2113833 the side effects of laughter include “stress relief, sounder sleep, potential better blood sugar regulation, and strengthening of the immune system.” It is almost like a miracle drug!

At the January International Day, we will all get a chance to watch, and then perhaps to try out, the art of Belly Dancing. Maybe some of those watching us dance will get a few belly laughs at our expense. Ha, Ha! Either by dancing or laughing, we all will have a healthy experience.

And, did you know, that each year January 24 is designated “Belly Laugh Day.” I certainly did not, but this year I have circled it on my calendar and plan to celebrate by telling an amusing story.