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Fake a laugh

health-and-fitness Updated: May 13, 2010 13:53 IST
Linda Davidson
Linda Davidson
Hindustan Times
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Catastrophic oil spill. Times Square bomber. Teetering global economies. Even a recall of your kid’s medicine.You need a laugh. Don’t see anything funny? Fake it — you’ll feel better anyway.

Some researchers believe the body can’t tell the difference between self-triggered laughter and real laughter so either is restorative physically and psychologically.

Nira Berry became a believer eight years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “When I was going though treatment, I noticed that I just felt better after having a good laugh,” she says. It was life changing. She got certified in “laughter yoga” and now pays it forward.

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