03/27/2012 08:26 am ET | Updated May 27, 2012

Comic Relief: The Healing Power of Laughter

What's the one prescription I am always happy to dispense? Take two belly laughs and call me in the morning. Safer than any big pharma pill-of-the-moment and free of harmful side effects, laughter is one of the easiest things you can do to promote healing and well-being. In fact, in my 20 years of medical experience, I've found that patients who have a sense of humor and laugh a lot tend to heal better and faster than those who don't. Therefore, I say if health and wellness are your goals, skip irony, bypass sarcasm and make the conscious choice to add more joyous laughter into to your day.

Here are 10 simple health-enhancing reasons to have a daily laugh -- and in my next post, I'll show you seven simple ways to get more of them:


And in the words of 19th century humorist Mark Twain, "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing." A wise man indeed!

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