Is Laughter the best medicine?

Laughter really may be the best medicine, according to research presented to the American College of Cardiology. Laughing appears to boost your blood flow and researchers say it may reduce your risk of developing heart disease.1 But the benefits of laughing don't stop with your heart: laughing has previously been found to help fight infections, relieve hay fever, ease pain and help control diabetes.

Laughing is thought to help you to fight off illnesses by boosting your immune system. Laughing lifts your mood - even if you have to force yourself to laugh. Laughing reduces the effect of stress by lowering stress hormone levels.