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Laughter is the Best Medicine: New Study Shows Memes About COVID Decrease Stress

Laughter really is the best medicine. It relieves tension, improves one's immune system, is a proven antidote to depression. researchers collected popular memes from websites like “IMGflip” and “IMgur,” but only showed them to half of the participants. The other half were shown something other than memes. Among the participants who were shown memes, some had captions related to COVID, while others saw the same image but with a different caption unrelated to the pandemic. A key finding of the study showed that participants who viewed COVID-related memes actually thought more deeply about the content they viewed in addition to feeling more confident in their ability to cope.

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