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Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

‘Excuse me, what’s the soup de jour?’ ‘It’s the soup of the day.’ ‘Mmm, that sounds good… I’ll have that.’

I am so grateful to Dumb and Dumber for making me smile every time I see soup on a menu.

I cannot imagine a life without comedies, comedians, friends with a sense of humor, or laughing so hard that I cry. After all, laughing can increase endorphins, promote relaxation, and strengthen immunity, among other positive health benefits.

So the next time you’re feeling down, visit a comedy club or make plans with someone who makes you laugh. You will likely feel better and perhaps even a little healthier.

My favorite laugh-inducing entertainment:

  • Movies: Dumb and Dumber, The Hangover, 21 Jump Street, Elf, Bridesmaids, Talladega Nights, Office Space, Best in Show, Instant Family, Anchor Man, Zoolander, Game Night, Identity Thief, The Switch, Extract, The Heat

  • TV Shows: Big Bang Theory, Kim’s Convenience, Schitts Creek, The League, Last Man Standing, Arrested Development, Fresh Off the Boat, Silicon Valley, The Office, Friends

  • Comedians: Anjelah Johnson, Chris Rock, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, Jimmy Yang, Michelle Wolf, Iliza Schlesinger, Ali Wong, John Mulaney

And please, laugh so hard that your abs get sore!



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