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The following list was compiled by Don L. F. Nilsen, English Department, Arizona State University Tempe, AZ (possibly using http://www.BioMedSearch.com). You will find more (and more recent) research articles on laughter categorized by area(s) of benefits in the LOU laughter research center. Adelswärd, Viveka, and Britt-Marie Öberg. "The Function of Laughter and Joking in Negotiating [...]
If your job involves emotional labour, you may find that you regularly need to suppress your real emotions and express emotions that you don’t really feel, in order to convey the ‘correct’ emotions for your role. This article reviews when this is OK and when it's not, and how Laughter Wellness interventions can help.
Deep breathing is essential to our survival and to our good health. We can live 4-6 weeks without food, 4-6 days without water, but will die without oxygen for more than 4-6 minutes. All forms of breathing are not born equal There are three types of breathing: Clavicular breathing — A breath that comes [...]
There is nothing funny about mental or cognitive impairment diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or variations of the above such as Lewy Body Dementia. There is no known cure to-date, treatments are expensive, and the associated symptoms change your daily life forever. Laughter is not a cure but it has much to offer on multiple [...]
This article was written by Connie Costa after the implementation phase of a laughter yoga class for people living with Parkinson’s and their carers. The laughter session was arranged for the Parkinson’s Support Group so that group members would be offered an uplifting and enjoyable experience. The key messages of the session were about [...]
This article was written by Connie Costa during the research and planning phase of a laughter yoga class for people living with Parkinson’s and their carers. She was interested in understanding what Parkinson’s is, the symptoms experienced by people living with this condition and how a therapeutic approach to laughter, such as laughter yoga, [...]
This page is a review of 55 landmark studies on happiness, a state of being that Laughter Wellness helps to temporarily experience (long-term happiness is a multi-faceted endeavor that requires a life-commitment): laughter uplifts your mood-states, directly impacting how you perceive the world around you and, therefore, how you react to what happens to you. When you feel good, [...]
Laughter is mainly about relationships. We live in a society that tends to isolate and divide people. Laughter improves communication Laughing together can greatly improve cooperation and empathy between people of different cultural backgrounds. It fosters better communication, which leads to a less confrontational approach in tense situations and a change from individual competitiveness to [...]
Addiction hijacks and changes the pleasure and reward, learning, motivation, and memory centers of the brain. The addict brain is wired to ensure the repetition of activities associated with pleasure or reward. It ultimately seeks the release of ‘happy’ brain chemicals. The effect of such a powerful reward strongly motivates people to use [...]
We are all familiar with the saying, "laughter is the best medicine." And this motto may ring true when it comes to tackling age-related memory loss; a new study from Loma Linda University in California finds that humor may reduce brain damage caused by the "stress hormone" cortisol, which in turn, improves memory. Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276042.php [...]