No Joke: Laugh Your Way to Better Health

This Sunday is National Let’s Laugh Day, a celebration of the unique gifts and healing powers of laughter.

Truly, laughter is the best medicine, one with no negative side effects—although it is contagious. Studies have shown laughter relieves tension, aids relaxation, and boosts the immune system. It can lower blood pressure and even work your abs!

We all could stand to laugh more…so with whimsy in mind, we have some unique gift ideas designed to elicit laughter from anyone who sees or uses them.

These unusual wine glasses sport bent stems to set a relaxed, lighthearted mood at the beginning of a gathering or as a surreptitious stemware switch after guests are about to start on their second Syrah. Each glass sits atop a wide, sturdy base that holds wine securely, despite an impaired appearance. The glasses are hand-blown into vessels with some stems that bend a bit more than others or bowls that tilt at a different angle, supporting the adage that wine affects everyone—and every glass—differently.

This Whac-A-Mole game can be personalized to replace the standard mole heads with molded caricatures using pictures of members of your family, past managers, boyfriends/girlfriends, or any desired combination of personalities. The game operates exactly like those found in amusement parks and carnivals—five mole heads pop up randomly while you attempt to bash each with a mallet for points. The game sits within a walnut veneer cabinet that assumes the form of a bookshelf. 

Here’s another arcade game-inspired source of mirth. This remote-controlled vehicle brings to life the Mario Kart game by racing Donkey Kong against his nemesis Mario. Reenacting their competitions in the Mushroom Kingdom, this beloved monster can reach speeds of more than 13 mph in his detailed cart that you control with a joystick. This armored turtle leans into turns to conserve speed while real pneumatic tires and front and rear suspension ensure precise handling. Fun and laughs for all!

Laughter increases your general sense of well-being. Research has found people with a positive outlook fight diseases better and experience less chronic pain. So, on National Let’s Laugh Day—and every day—strive to smile, laugh and live a better life. We can’t think of a better unique gift than that.

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