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Photo: Carlo Allegri (Getty Images) It’s said that we laugh less as we get older . Sometimes it’s our changing values that alter how much we find funny, or a disconnect with the current generation as we age. Psychology Today suggests our changes in humor can even point back to conservatism—that we become more conservative as we age. One thing’s for sure, though: For better or worse, our sense of humor tends to change. But, of course, you likely know some hilarious older people; there are great comedians who transcend generations to make us laugh today, and even more who will stick around for decades to come. So how do we keep our youthful wit as we get older? We can learn some valuable secrets to retaining our humor from longtime comedians Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, and Betty White, who recently turned 99. Stay true to yourself Through the years, the greats have let their core personalities remain unchanged. An interview with Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz, Mel Brooks shared how, in school, he used to do impressions of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster, which was met with uproarious laughter when fully committing to the physicality of his performance. He says it was when he first knew he was funny, and then set his career on poking fun at iconic figures in history. For Carol Burnett, if something is genuinely funny, it will stand the test of time. “ Funny is funny ,” she said, also explaining how […]