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Nothing beats stress and pain faster than a good laugh. Laughter brings back the balance of your mind and body. It uplifts and inspires you, helps you stay grounded and relieves your burdens. When shared, laughter binds and keeps you connected with others. It triggers intimacy and closeness. Its domino effect can be seen in the joy and amusement that it brings.

Laughter also brings healthy changes to our bodies. It strengthens our immune system as well as boosts our energy. No wonder laughter is regarded as the best medicine. And best of all, you don’t need to spend a dime just to get a good laugh.

According to Paul E. McGhee, PhD, “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”

A good hearty laugh can lower stress and tension. It relaxes muscles up to 45 minutes thereafter. Laughter can also help increase resistance against disease and infection. In addition, laughter causes the release of endorphins. These “happy hormones” are the body’s feel-good chemicals, which will leave you in a state of natural high and a sense of well-being.

Laughter can also be a life-saving measure. Research shows that getting your daily dose of laughter can improve the function of your cardiovascular system. It promotes blood flow, protects you against heart attacks and relaxes the blood vessels.

So the next time you’re stressed out, just watch a funny movie or spend time with friends who can tickle your funny bone.