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      Keep laughing, it really is the best medicine

      Laughter really is the best medicine.

      Over the years, scientists have found that laughter is great for your health.

      Some studies suggest laughter lowers blood pressure. Other investigators have shown that laughter may have an affect on immune response, so someone suffering from the common cold or infections could have a quicker recovery just by laughing.

      Researchers have found when you laugh, really laugh, it opens up your blood vessels, causing less stress on your heart. And it can also de-stress the rest of the body by releasing endorphins from the brain. That's good because stress can cause the brain to overload with chemicals that could lead to high blood pressure and even a stroke or heart attack.

      In fact, research shows that 15 minutes a day of laughter, real deep belly laughter, is as important for your heart as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week. Now, that doesn't mean you should skip the gym and watch Monty Python movies every day, but giggling is therapeutic.

      Best way to chuckle? Doctors recommend you stay in touch with those you love and love being with. Studies have shown that people with a strong friend base are healthier, both mentally and physically.