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    Lucille Ball's Legacy Continues to Help People Through Laughter

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    Lucille Ball's daughter, Lucie Arnaz, wants to spread the word about the healing properties of laughter.

    Many people believe that laughter is the best medicine, and Lucie Arnaz wants to make sure everyone can get treatment.

    Her parents are Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, stars of the beloved sitcom 'I Love Lucy. '

    Originally a museum and fan site dedicated to the stars, the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy is turning its focus to the healing effects of comedy.

    The center's mission "is to preserve the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter through its commitment to the development of the comedic arts."

    Located in Ball's hometown of Jamestown, New York, the comedy center holds an annual comedy festival. This year, comedy will take a therapeutic turn.

    Along with performances by famous comedians and 'Lucy' tributes, the festival will feature 'laughter yoga' and a free show for veterans.

    Laughter has been shown in recent studies to burn calories, boost the immune system and help maintain memory.

    Some nurses and physicians also believe that laughter can help with a patient's fear and anxiety.

    And according to Lucie Arnaz, “...funny can literally change your health — the endorphins and oxygen that run to your brain with a good belly laugh."