Laughter has major health benefits

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COLLEGE PARK, MD – The saying “laughter is the best medicine” might just hold some water. Researchers have found that laughter is great for your health.

Dr. Michael Miller, with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says, “Some studies suggest it lowers blood pressure, there have been other investigators who have shown it may have an effect on immune response.”

Also, laughing could help fight your cold. That is in addition to relieving all kinds of stress. Laughter opens up your blood vessels, easing stress on your heart. It also releases endorphins from the brain and eases tension in the rest of your body.

Research shows that 15 minutes a day of deep belly laughter is as important for your heart as 30 minutes of exercise three times a week. That doesn’t mean you should skip the gym, but it might be enough to have you looking for a new doctor.

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