HEALTHY LIVING
11/21/2013 09:04 am ET | Updated Nov 21, 2013

Portraits Of Laughter Prove It Can Be The Best Medicine (PHOTOS)

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The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

Author L. M. Montgomery wrote, "Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it." Laughter is the gateway to happiness and an outward sign of joy. But perhaps the most important benefit of the giddy emotion is what it can do for our lifespan.

Those who laugh easily have greater longevity and better overall life satisfaction. Laughter can also reduce the physical effects of stress -- something that's extremely important for better well-being, no matter our age. Take a look at the portraits of laughter below, then tell us in the comments: What (or who) never fails to make you laugh?

Portraits Of Laughter

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