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Laughter as Medicine

12/14/2007 12:00:00 AM

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If you're like many American for whom the holiday season has become more stressful than merry, maybe you could use a good dose of laughter.

A healthy chuckle may be good for your heart by increasing blood flow, according to a study by the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Another small study conducted at Loma Linda University in Southern California showed that laughter actually altered participants' blood chemistry and pumped up their immune systems. While not many studies on laughter have been done, presumably because it can't be bottled and sold, caring clowns have long extolled the virtues of a good belly laugh.

That said, my favorite site to visit when I need a chuckle was introduced to the MOTHER staff by one of our awesome interns, Jamie. Do you have a favorite clean joke site? Post a link below!



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