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You already know that laughter lightens your mood, helps you connect with family, friends and co-workers, and makes it easier to manage stressful or tedious situations. But does it make a physical difference? Some scientists say yes! When you laugh, you stretch your facial and body muscles, your pulse and blood pressure increase, and you breathe faster, which sends more oxygen to your tissues. Some researchers believe that laughter has the benefits of a mild workout: raising your heart rate, burning calories—though not a lot! —boosting your immune system and helping you relax. So laugh it up!

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