Profile America — Monday, April 18th. We all feel better when we laugh and two observances this month point that out. For one, it's Stress Awareness Month, a time to focus on one of the nation's growing health problems. Personal and general economic woes can cause stress, along with worries about paying income taxes, family relationships, and job stability. However, April is also National Humor Month — honoring one of the best antidotes to stress. Experts say laughter has therapeutic value and can increase not only the quality, but perhaps even the length of life. Stress is one of the culprits in cardiovascular disease — which takes the lives of more than 806,000 people in the U.S. every year. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 199, 201, 227
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 118
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