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Great news for us laughter lovers! At a recent meeting of the American College of Cardiology, researchers from the University of Maryland shared findings from their latest study supporting the adage "Laughter Is Good Medicine". The scientists reported that a good belly laugh helps relax the lining of blood vessels, thereby easing blood flow. In their study, nineteen out of twenty participants who had watched a funny film which provoked laughter, showed improved blood flow, with an average increase of 22 percent. And, unlike other good medicines, this one is easy to take and doesn't cost a dime!

This study is very encouraging for those of us involved in the field of therapeutic humor, since it's the first to indicate that laughter may help prevent heart disease. Michael Miller, MD, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center says, "the old saying,'laughter is the best medicine,' definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting your heart."

For further information on this study, check out www.umm.edu.
And be sure to read the article, "Laughter Is the 'Best Medicine", by Michelle Weinstein.