Laughing at stand-up comedy has additional health advantages, such as enhancing blood flow and lowering blood pressure. In fact, laughter increases blood flow through the body’s arteries, lowering blood pressure and lowering the risk of heart disease, according to two separate studies. Most astonishingly, one study discovered that laughing out loud reduced blood pressure “for a full 24 hours” after watching the program. The other study found that watching upbeat programming actually strengthens the dilation of the arteries while watching downbeat programming actually damages them. However, it’s important to note that laughing while watching stand-up comedy can also be a simple form of exercise. Obviously, you shouldn’t try to replace a good workout at the gym with laughter, but it does have some advantages. Laughing causes your stomach muscles to contract and expand, which helps you burn a few calories. The diaphragm, heart, and shoulders are all also worked out. You’re sure to find at least one stand-up comedian you like because there are so many different stand-up comedians and comedic styles available. To add more laughter to your daily life and enhance your health all year long, listen to their specials or podcasts. Stand-up comedy has been shown to reduce stress and may also help with chronic pain management. Laughing can increase your body’s natural painkiller production and may also help with muscle pain by breaking the “pain-spasm” cycle.