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April 8, 2008
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Laughter really is the best medicine (even if you have to fake it)

Decrease stress, process food better and increase the power of your immune system, all by laughing? In one recent study researchers measured the effect of watching a funny movie on how heart blood vessels expand, or vasodilate. The researchers found that laughing increased blood flow as much as a 15- to 30-minute workout.

There were 20 healthy men in the study, and all 20 watched both a stressful film (about war) and a funny film. After seeing the stressful film, 14 of the 20 participants had significantly reduced blood flow. However, after watching the funny film, 19 of the 20 …

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