60 seconds towards better health

Updated 2:56 PM ET, Mon March 30, 2015
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Here are eleven ways to boost your health in just one minute, starting with giving someone you love a hug. Stephen Dunn/Hartford Courant/TNS
Laughter is one of the body's natural stress relievers. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Nibble some dark chocolate to lower your blood pressure. Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images
A little optimism goes a long way -- like strengthening your immune system. AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post/Getty Images
Look away from your computer screen to reduce eye strain. Shutterstock
Take 20 seconds to really wash your hands. Simple practices like these can lower the number of people who get colds and other respiratory illnesses by 21%. Ute Grabowsky/Photothek/Getty Images
Buckle up -- more than 20 million adults are treated for car accident injuries each year. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek/Getty Images
Hold child's pose, one of yoga's most relaxing positions, for a minute to relieve back and neck pain. Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images
Wear sunscreen to avoid being one of nearly 5 million Americans treated for skin cancer each year. Getty Images
Hold plank pose for one minute to strengthen your midsection, which can improve your posture. John Nowak/CNN
Take a moment to smile -- people who smile the widest also live the longest. DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images