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Laughter is the Best Medicine: Benefits of belly laughter

Learn how to relax and decrease stress in your life. Uncontrolled stress can lead to depression and other health problems.

Mike Epps speaks onstage at the 2014 AOL NewFronts at Duggal Greenhouse on April 29, 2014 in New York, New York.
Mike Epps speaks onstage at the 2014 AOL NewFronts at Duggal Greenhouse on April 29, 2014 in New York, New York.
Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for AOL
Mike Epps attends the 2014 AOL NewFronts at Duggal Greenhouse on April 29, 2014 in New York, New York.
Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for AOL

Here are ways to relax: read a book or magazine, exercise, walk your dog, meditate, attend yoga class, watch your favorite TV shows, attend a Major League Baseball game, enjoy dinner at your favorite restaurant, plan a picnic, surround yourself with positive people, listen to music, enjoy the zoo, enjoy dancing, visit a museum, attend a comedy show or watch a funny movie.

Laughter is the Best Medicine. According to Dr. Don Colbert, physician and author "Belly laughter shifts the body from the stress response to the relaxation response, but what it does it raises the feel good neurotransmitters in our brain like serotonin and dopamine." watch the entire Life Today video "Laughter is the Best Medicine"

Laugh out loud and reduce stress in your life, attend a comedy show or watch a funny movie.

If you are feeling depressed or suicidal contact a health agency in your area immediately. Read Happy Healthy News

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