Are you really, truly capable of laughing at yourself? If so, a new study suggests that it’s a good sign that you have an optimistic personality and a good sense of humor. Researchers say that those who are really able to laugh at themselves are more cheerful and less serious than people who fake it.

In addition to being good for spirits, laughter has also been shown in past research to boost health. A small study presented this year at an American Heart Association meeting showed that listening to funny jokes or your favorite music could lower blood pressure possibly even as much as cutting salt from your diet or losing 10 pounds.

Tell us how you not taking yourself too seriously has helped you get through life.

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