Watching a movie

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Maybe a Movie?
If you want to see a tear-jerker...
The easiest way to start counting your blessings may be by watching a weepy movie. An ohio State university study found that tragic stories (think Atonement) naturally lead viewers to appreciate the good things and close relationships in their lives.

If you rather see a comedy...
When you laugh hard, the muscular exertion triggers a release of endorphins. According to research from Loma Linda University, even anticipating a yukfest can crank your endorphins and reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, by as much as 39 percent.