Unfortunately, people tend to laugh less frequently as they grow into adulthood (as compared to childhood). (Dossey, Larry, MD. Healing Beyond the Body. p 134-135. Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 2001.)

Study of punch-line completion/comprehension: Aging may subtly affect parts of the brain that are involved in humor comprehension. (Hitti, Miranda.  http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20070803/humor-hampered-by-aging-brain. August 3, 2007.)

A good sense of humor and plenty of laughter is associated with healthy aging. “A good laugh is better than a dose of medicine anytime.” (Segerberg, Osborn. Jr. Living To Be 100. p 200. NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1982.)

In their best-selling book, "The Okinawa Program," based on an ongoing study of elderly people on the Japanese island of Okinawa, Dr. Bradley J. Wilcox, Dr. Craig Wilcox, and Dr. Makoto Suzuki wrote that "during laughter, muscles throughout your body tense and relax in a way that is strikingly similar to stress-reduction techniques. Laughter keeps muscles supple as well as relaxed. It also has been shown to stimulate the immune system." (The Health Benefits of Laughter. http://heyugly.org/LaughterOneSheet2.php)

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