CLINICAL RESEARCH

SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT HUMOR IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

'You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.'

— Michael Pritchard

US STUDIES:

Humor and Laughter May Influence Health IV. Humor and Immune Function

NIH Reports: Humor and Laughter may Influence Health

National Institute of Health

 

Complementary Therapies and Humor in a Clinical Population

The use of humor as a complementary therapy within various clinical samples, as well as evidence concerning how a sense of humor influences physiological and psychological well-being

Indiana State University College of Nursing

Laughter is good for your heart

Michael Miller MD, Director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center says, “The old saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine’ definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting your heart.”

University of Maryland Medical Center

 

Laughter helps blood vessels

Using laughter-provoking movies to gauge the effect of emotions on cardiovascular health, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown for the first time that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood vessels. Laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow

University of Maryland Medical Center

New Study Proves That Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine

A little laughter can go a long way, a new study reveals

Loma Linda University

 

Laughing heartily may be good for the arteries

A daily dose of laughter may be good for the heart because, like exercise, it makes blood vessels work more efficiently

Duke University

Laughter and Health Outcomes

How laughter influences health outcomes; including muscle tension, cardio-respiratory functioning and various stress physiology measures

University of South Florida

Social Laughter Triggers Endogenous Opioid Release in Humans

In a behavioral control experiment, pain threshold—a proxy of endogenous opioidergic activation—was elevated significantly more in both male and female volunteers after watching laughter-inducing comedy versus non-laughter-inducing drama in groups

Journal of Neuroscience

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES:

 

Laughter has an effect similar to antidepressants

Effect and Path Analysis of Laughter Therapy on Serotonin, Depression and Quality of Life in Middle-aged Women

Department of Nursing, Uiduk University, Korea

Laughter fosters brain connectivity

Laughter fosters rigorous brain region connectivity that kicks in when we hear a laugh, as our brains work to decipher what sort of communication is coming through

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany

Social Laughter is Correlated with an Elevated Pain Threshold

This peer-reviewed study found: “Although laughter forms an important part of human non-verbal communication, it has received rather less attention than it deserves in both the experimental and the observational literatures. Relaxed social laughter is associated with feelings of wellbeing and heightened affect, a proximate explanation for which might be the release of endorphins.”

British Academy Centenary Research Project

 

The effect of laughter therapy on radiation dermatitis in patients with breast cancer: a single blind prospective pilot study

Assessment of the effectiveness of laughter therapy in preventing radiation dermatitis in patients with breast cancer

Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Laughter and Stress Relief in Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study

A South Korean study finds the effects of laughter on breast cancer patients and how it lowers depression, anxiety and stress

Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Republic of Korea

 

Laughter Therapy on the Elderly

The Ethics Committee of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted a study with 80 enrolled elderly folks, 60 years of age and older, and used laughter therapy in control groups twice a week for 90 minutes

Psychiatric Care Research Center, School of Nursing, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Laughter Prescription: The Future of Laughter in Medicine

The history and importance of the role of humor in medicine

College of Family Physicians of Canada

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