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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 am

We all know we feel better after a good laugh. Scientists are now taking a more serious look at laughter as medicine.

In 1979, Norman Cousins wrote a memoir called “Anatomy of an Illness.” He had experienced a painful spinal disease that he claims he helped cure by watching Marx Brothers movies and “Candid Camera” and seeking out laughter. He claimed that 10 to 15 minutes of laughter would allow him two hours of pain-free sleep.

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