Who doesn't love a good joke?

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I was at my niece's Holiday program the other night when I heard a joke that made everyone laugh.

A little boy in first grade who could barely reach the microphone asked everyone...

"What do you call a bear with no teeth?"

bear in the wild

He answered...A gummy bear!

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

You've probably heard the saying that "laughter is the best medicine".

I can't speak as a medical professional but from my personal experience, some of the hardest and darkest moments in my life were made a little easier by a friend or family member telling a joke to ease the heaviness of the moment.

Medical professionals say these are some of the great benefits laughter can have on you.

Stress relief: Laughter can stimulate various organs, enhance oxygen intake, and reduce stress hormones, leading to a sense of relaxation and stress relief.

Immune system boost: It can increase immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving resistance to disease.

Heart health: Laughter improves the function of blood vessels, increases blood flow, and decreases arterial wall stiffness, which are linked to cardiovascular disease

Pain relief: True laughter releases endorphins, which can increase pain tolerance

Mood enhancement: Laughter can lessen chronic depression and anxiety, making it easier to cope with challenging situations.

Metabolic benefits: It may help manage blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, and manage metabolism.

Releases feel-good chemicals: Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, promoting an overall sense of well-being and temporarily relieving pain.

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