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Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better

Studies show that laughter improves memory.

Laughter is great not just for your mood, but for your gray matter, says a new study out of Loma Linda U., where a group of adults who watched a funny video for 30 minutes did better on unrelated short-term-memory tests afterward than a separate group who’d just sat twiddling their thumbs.

Laughter can reduce stress by decreasing stress hormones, including cortisol and catecholamines,” and less stress equals better memory function, says researcher Gurinder S. Bains, M.D.

Unless you work at Google, company-sanctioned “humor breaks” probably aren’t in your future, but wedging a Tonight Show monologue into your lunchtime should do the trick.

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