Column: Will clowning around cook up a longer life?

Want to get healthy? Get happy. At least, that is the takeaway I get from author Julie Beck’s short article in the latest issue of The Atlantic.

She surveys 12 studies that argue that laughter, while maybe not the best medicine, is really good for you. The studies show that the more you laugh, the better you feel, the longer you live and the easier it is to cope with difficulties. Oh, and it’s easier to get pregnant when you laugh.

Especially if you are entertained by a clown. Especially if he is dressed like a chef.

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