Once upon a time, Charlie Chaplin said, “Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.” Last week, The New York Times agreed. The reported on a recent study which found that,”laughing increased pain resistance.” In this story, the science of modern times sides with the clown. The Oxford study also suggests that laughter has provided primates with an age-old evolutionary advantage.

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Any fool knows that laughing and eating chocolate will make you feel good. Now scholars agree too! Let’s sing it from the rooftops! (And support it with peer-reviewed science!) “EAT CHOCOLATE AND BE MERRY! Your heart will thank you!”

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The study, published in Fertility and Sterility, found that 36 percent of women with Israeli clowns became pregnant, as compared with the 20 percent of clown-free embryo transfer procedure. Not surprisingly, women conceiving the conventional way were found to have a much lower success rate with Israeli clowns in their room at the time of conception.

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Yoki Kamuras goal is to measure laughter and to make the measuring device as small as a mobile phone and sell it as a health and amusement device. So at the doctor’s office, along with weighing you, taking your blood pressure and temperature, they could also measure your aH!
Doctor to man in office, “Ok John, turn your head and laugh.”

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A recent study suggests that animals from rats to monkeys partake in joy and laughter that very much resembles a humans joy and laughter. Monkeys chase eachother and pant in ways that resemble a humans laugh, even rats, as they play chirp in ways that resemble our very own giggles. They actually found that–no joke–rats might be into Sid Caesar.

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