We are born with the ability to laugh, and laughter acts as a universal language across all cultures. Laughter is good for you, too. It may reduce stress, boost your immune function, while also inducing optimistic feelings, offering pain relief, protecting the heart, and relaxing your body. One of the things we can do to enjoy life more is to laugh. Since laughter has demonstrated a wealth of quality-of-life benefits, we encourage you to add joy and zest this week to strengthen relationships, enhance teamwork, promote bonding and help defuse conflict. Read the funny papers, seek out funny people, goof around with children, do something silly, play with a pet, go to a comedy club or watch a TV comedy or movie.

Sexual assault is a public health issue affecting women, men, children, families and communities. Prevention is possible with access to information and tools that make communities safer through policies and programs that can affect meaningful and lasting change. By fighting the problem and promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies and healthy relationships, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect. Help eliminate sexual violence once and for all. www.nsvrc.org/saam