7 Serious Health Benefits of Laughter
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Go Ahead and Giggle

Snort, guffaw and hee hee hee all you want. Laughing’s not only fun, it’s a new form of fitness. Research has shown laughing every day has serious health benefits and can help you live longer. So hang up your sneakers (for a few minutes) and plop yourself down in front of your favorite TV comedy or funny online cat videos. Because belly laughs can be a new fix for belly fat and more. 

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