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Friday, April 19, 2013
Laughter loaded with health benefits

By Lizzie Haldane

Paula Creamer
Paula Creamer laughs as she prepares for a bunker shot.
No joke. Today is Humorous Day, a day dedicated to laughter and smiles -- two things that can promote health and well-being. Turns out we not only benefit from actually getting a joke but even more from laughing at it. Since laughter is casual and contagious, it encourages social interaction and triggers endorphin release, which increases pain resistance and produces a feel-good effect. So go ahead, share some knee-slappers today and spread a dose of wellness to everyone you meet.

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