From Lenny & Mort to Bert & Ernie

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There is no question that laughter is the best medicine, according to most professionals and average folks we talked to and asked.

Laughter helps boost our immune system

You’ve probably heard the old saying “Laughter is the best medicine.” But it’s more than just an old wives’ tale laughing can reportedly benefit our overall health.

An apple and a giggle a day keep the doctor away. Laughing not only feels good, but it is also good for you. This “medicine” is fast, free, and can be taken anywhere. Here are some of the powerful health benefits a bout of laughter can deliver.

Releasing endorphins

Have you ever wondered why laughing feels great? When you laugh, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins.

Releasing endorphins can help increase the body’s natural painkilling response. This helps with chronic pain and can improve your mood.”

Reducing stress

Those extra endorphins do more than give you a little lift — they can also reduce stress. Laughter is a valuable coping mechanism when we’re feeling stressed,

Boosting your immune system

When you giggle, chortle or guffaw, you reduce your body’s production of stress hormones, like cortisol. It can also activate infection-fighting cells. By managing stress with laughter, you’ll help fight off stress reactions in the body.

Increasing blood flow to internal organs

Each time you laugh, you breathe more deeply. This sends more oxygen into your lungs and helps your heart pump oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Increased oxygen promotes healthy cell growth and allows your organs to work more efficiently, helping you feel your best.

Relaxing muscles

Feeling tense? A few minutes of hearty laughter can reduce tension in the body and make you feel calmer.

Adding a few more chuckles into your routine is easier than you think. Here are five ways to get started:

Watch something funny

Whether it’s a favorite TV show, a stand-up comedy special, or silly videos, make time to enjoy something you find humorous.

You can even make a ritual out of it — make a snack and curl up into your favorite comfy spot a few times a week. When you don’t have time to watch a full TV show or movie, try a funny video or commercial instead.

Share a joke

Whether it’s a groan-worthy Dad joke or a series of bad puns, share a few jokes to brighten someone’s day. Or, if you’re the one in need of some laughs, ask a loved one to regale you with a few funnies.

Hang out with a pet

Our furry, feathered and scaly pals are great at delivering laughs. Chase your companion as they scamper around the house, break out the laser pointer or play with their favorite toy.

Chat with a friend

The next time you find yourself in need of a few guffaws, consider reaching out to a pal who cracks you up. You might swap funny pictures or remember a comical moment you shared. Whether through a video call or a few lighthearted text messages, connecting with a friend can add more laughter to your life.

Try to look on the bright side

In addition to offering benefits to your physical health, laughter benefits your mental and emotional well-being and can help you cope with the stresses of everyday life.

In laughing stock, has the American public been slowly shifted their collective attraction to a move civil comic genre?