Can you tell fact from fiction? Take the laughter and health quiz.

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Did you know laughing is good for you? Besides relaxing muscles and lowering aggression, laughter may help reduce blood pressure and improve circulation and respiration. Take this quiz to find out if laughter really is the best medicine!

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Question 1 of 20

People with type 2 diabetes will benefit from a little laughter in their lives.

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almost fact: Laughter can benefit anyone dealing with an illness.

... Several studies have shown that blood glucose levels stayed steady after patients reported being in a humorous mood, good news for those with type 2 diabetes.

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Question 2 of 20

Laughter can help people with spasm-related muscle pain.

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almost fact: Laughter only helps with activity-induced muscle pain.

... Since laughter can help relax muscles and ease pain, this may help conditions affected by similar issues.

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Question 3 of 20

Psychoneuroimmunology refers to crazy infections of the brain.

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almost fact: There's no such thing as psychoneuroimmunology.

... Psychoneuroimmunology deals with the influence of emotional states and nervous system behavior on the immune system.

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Question 4 of 20

Norman Cousins was a famous architect.

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almost fact: He wasn't really that well known.

... Norman Cousins published a book, "Anatomy of an Illness," describing how he added laughter as part of his treatment to relieve a painful condition.

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Question 5 of 20

Cortisol and epinephrine are stress hormones.

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almost fact: Prolactin and insulin are the stress hormones.

... Studies have shown that bouts of laughter trigger a decrease in the level of stress hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine.

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Question 6 of 20

Laughter has no impact whatsoever on blood pressure levels.

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almost fact: Of course laughter affects blood pressure -- it makes it rise.

... Among its many other benefits, laughter has been shown to lower or balance blood pressure levels.

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Question 7 of 20

Renin-angiotensin is the world's first comedy duo.

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almost fact: Renin-angiotensin is a more recent comedy act.

... The renin-angiotensin system is the system that helps regulate blood pressure in the body.

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Question 8 of 20

Immunoglobulin A is the punch line to a great knock-knock joke.

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almost fact: "Immunoglobulin A who?" just doesn't roll off the tongue.

... Salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA) is an antibody that seems to increase with laughter.

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Question 9 of 20

There's no such thing as natural killer cells.

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almost fact: Natural killer cells only exist in the movies.

... Shocking, but true: Natural killer (NK) cells, a type of white blood cell, attack virus and tumor cells.

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Question 10 of 20

When it comes to burning calories, laughing 100 times is equivalent to 10 minutes of skipping.

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almost fact: Laughter doesn't burn calories.

... While no studies have been done on laughter and skipping, 10 minutes on a rowing machine or 15 minutes on a stationary bike equals laughing about 100 times.

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Question 11 of 20

If you're in laughter therapy, your therapy group thinks your issues are pretty funny.

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almost fact: Laughter therapy involves a group of people laughing to help cure various issues.

... People looking to reduce their stress, relieve pain and boost their immune system have begun to use laughter therapy in their treatment.

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Question 12 of 20

The book "Anatomy of an Illness" was published in 1875.

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almost fact: The book was called "Anatomy of Laughter."

... Norman Cousins' bestselling book, "Anatomy of an Illness," was published in 1979.

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Question 13 of 20

Laughter can help fight viruses and infection.

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almost fact: Laughter is proven to help fight infection, but it does nothing to get rid of viruses.

... Since laughter keeps stress hormones under control, the immune system is able to flourish.

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Question 14 of 20

The endothelium is located near your hypothalamus.

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almost fact: It's closer to your liver.

... The endothelium, the tissue lining your blood vessels, tends to expand during bouts of laughter, allowing for better blood flow.

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Question 15 of 20

Laughter is a great way to cope with pain.

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almost fact: The best way to cope with pain is to cry!

... Laughter may help ease pain and our tolerance level by releasing endorphins.

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Question 16 of 20

Laughter yoga involves making fun of people who can't perform the lotus pose.

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almost fact: It involves laughing at those in the downward dog position.

... Laughter yoga uses various techniques to get enthusiasts laughing, inducing healthful effects.

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Question 17 of 20

We become less anxious when we laugh.

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almost fact: We become less anxious during happy hour as well.

... Laughter reduces aggression, anxiety, stress and tension. And it's free!

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Question 18 of 20

People tend to laugh less when they're in social situations.

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almost fact: This is only true during the holiday season.

... People are 30 times more likely to laugh in social situations than if they're alone.

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Question 19 of 20

Laughing helps your respiratory system.

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almost fact: It only helps your respiratory system at night.

... Laughing changes normal breathing patterns. This can lead to coughing or hiccupping, which helps to loosen phlegm and clear airways.

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Question 20 of 20

Clown doctors are physicians who never made it to medical school.

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almost fact: They're performers in the circus.

... Many "clown doctors" are trained entertainers who work with medical staff to ease patients' fears.

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