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Does Viewing Comedy Videos Improve the Patient Experience?

31 patients waiting for chemotherapy or oncology appointments responded:

  • 93% said that LaughMD improved their patient experience and want to use it at their next visits

  • 89% said it improved their mood and made them less stressful

  • 91% of those with pain said it lowered their pain levels

  • And 61% said it reduced more than one symptom, such as nausea, anxiety or boredom

University of Southern California, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Chapman University Study Shows Laughter is Good Medicine For Healthcare Providers, too

30 healthcare providers who viewed just one 3-minute comedy videos per day of clinic reduced their overall stress levels by 13%

Chapman University Press Room

The Laughter Prescription

Current research indicates that laughter has quantifiable positive physiologic benefits. Here's a conclusive summary of the surprisingly positive findings.

US National Library of Medicine, PubMed

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

NIH Reports: Humor and Laughter may Influence Health

National Institute of Health

Using Laughter to Cope With Dialysis

Through large-scale clinical trials, Dr. Bennet found that the groups who attended laughter therapy in dialysis felt better and had fewer signs of depression than the group who didn't participate in laughter therapy. They also found a few unexpected bonuses. "Because you're doing a physical workout, your blood pressure goes up in the moment, but down in the long term," said Dr. Bennet. "Many people on dialysis have hypertension (high blood pressure), but laughter therapy decreased that number. The incidence of hypotension (blood pressure dropping quickly during dialysis treatments) also fell."

National Kidney Foundation study

Clinical Trial: The Institute for Arts in Medicine - Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of USC assess the impact of implementing expressive arts therapies, virtual reality, the LaughMD application, and guided imagery on hospitalized cancer patients receiving chemotherapy

University of Southern California

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 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

Give Your Body a Boost – With Laughter



For Patients in Tough Situations, Sometimes The Best Thing is Humor

Johns Hopkins Magazine

Doctors are proposing laughter therapy as complementary medicine for dementia patients

The Daily

The Connection Between Laughter and Healing

Los Angeles Times


Stress Relief From Laughter? It’s No Joke

MAYO Clinic

Study Finds Laughter has Similar Effects of Exercise

FOX News



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

Is laughter the greatest medicine for cancer patients?

Analysis led by Lancaster University researchers suggests that spontaneous humour is used and appreciated by people with cancer and can be a helpful way of dealing with distressing, taboo or embarrassing circumstances.

Lancaster University


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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