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Laughter really is the best medicine

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A rattling good laugh with friends will help you deal with pain thanks to opiate-like chemicals that flood the brain, according to a British study released on Wednesday.

Just 15 minutes of laughter increased the level of pain tolerance by 10 percent. The kind of laughter that works is a belly aching laugh that usually only happens when you are with others. Previous studies have focused more on why humans laugh, as opposed to how they do it.

Full story at Discovery News.

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