Have you ever noticed just how amazing you feel after a genuine full on belly laugh? It really is an incredible feeling, isn't it?

Did you know that the simple act of laughing has a powerful, positive effect on your blood vessels and heart health? It's true!

Something as simple as watching a funny movie or television show makes you significantly healthier. On the other hand, watching a stressful or scary movie narrows your blood vessels, which reduces blood flow and stresses the heart.

Researchers have gone so far as to suggest that we should go out of our way to incorporate laughter on a regular basis as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Study author, Michael Miller of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore says, "The prescription for health should include laughter. "In other words, eat your veggies, exercise, don't do unhealthy things like smoking, and get a good belly laugh every day."

What could be better than laughter? How about laughter, exercise and helping out a good cause? Our Hot Cross Run is this Saturday, June 18th and there's still time for you to get your friends together for a fun afternoon of Hot Yoga, Crossfit and a two-mile run with lots of laughter and opportunities to make memories while supporting the Southern Tier AIDS Program!

[via Bloomberg]