Everyone knows how great laughter is. It curbs stress, banishes depression, slashes your blood pressure, firms up your immune system, and even, according to new research, burns calories. But if you want to reap all of these healthy-living benefits, you needn’t load up a series of hilarious YouTube videos or book tickets to a comedy show any time soon. All you have to do is crack a smile.
In fact, if you take it from the scientific community, smiling might be the best au natural medicine out there. Don’t believe us? Just scroll on and see for yourself. Herewith, you’ll find all of the reasons—from productivity boosts to mood enhancers—that saying “cheese” more often is the best thing you can do for yourself.