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Can happiness improve your health?

A cheerful mood can boost your body's defenses by enabling you to cope better with stress.

Happiness appears to make people more resistant to heart disease and stroke. Happy people exposed to a cold virus expressed fewer symptoms than unhappy people. In fact, depressed adults are more likely to have Type 2 diabetes, perhaps because stress hormones raise blood-sugar levels.

Also, in one study, researchers found that people who spent time laughing while watching comedies experienced improved circulation, just as if they had been exercising.

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