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Woman laughing Give Yourself a Boost with Laughter—whether Real or Not So Much

Laughter has health benefits similar to a workout, including increased heart rate, stretched muscles, improved blood flow, and enhanced respiration. What’s really interesting, though, is that faking laughter can cause your body to respond as though the laughter is real, thereby gaining similar benefits.

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No Joke: You Should Be Laughing More

How often do you truly laugh? Probably not nearly enough. Laughter relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system, and relieves stress. It also lowers blood pressure, exercises several muscles, and increases the response of disease-killing cells. That’s a pretty good case for laughing as often as possible.

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