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1. Laughing is an allover body workout.

Research from Stanford University says that 100 hearty laughs are as good for your heart as 15 minutes on a stationary bike. Now that’s an excellent punch line.

2. Laughter also boosts your immune system.

When you crack up over your best friend’s antics, the levels of disease and virus fighting cells in your body increase, according to a study from Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

3. Spending time with friends helps you chill.

A UCLA study found that the experience of bonding with other people when you’re stressed out triggers the release of the calm-inducing chemical oxytocin in your body.

4. Happy hour strengthens your heart.

A recent American Heart Association study says a glass of red wine a day can lower your heart disease risk by more than 20 percent.

5. Talking with friends wards off depression.

According to a British study of chronically depressed women, those who met with volunteer confidants experienced a 72 percent remission of depression – the same success rate as many antidepressants and cognitive therapy!