50% the percentage by which your blood vessels can widen when you're laughing, compared to when you're stressed. To get that same heart-healthy benefit, you'd have to either get a prescription for cholesterol-lowering drugs or bank up to 10 full minutes of cardio for every minute of laughter.
"We believe that laughter actually protects against heart disease,"
says study author Michael Miller, MD., professor of medicine at the University of Maryland.
Laughter increases gamma brain waves the same ones activated during meditation, they make you feel focused and alert but also calm,
6:03 pm, the time of day when people find jokes the funniest.
Researchers recorded when users rated jokes online and examined how the ratings changed throughout the day. (Least funny time: 1:30 A.M.)
A funny trick for flat abs?
Laughter yoga, which combines yogic breathing with giggles, activates your internal obliques 150 percent more than crunches do.
1 sugar free fudge pop. Roughly what you burn off if you laugh for 15 minutes straight.