Laughter is an
untapped science

The secret of laughter is that our bodies are hardwired with some surprisingly powerful natural reactions to extended hearty laughter.

Laughter makes your thymus plumper
And your circulation stronger.
Laughter stimulates your pumper;
Helps you live a little longer.
Laughter helps you keep your health,
And it might increase your wealth:
So, don’t let your organs shrivel,
Give a smile, a laugh, a giggle!

Click on the images below to learn more about the many benefits of laughter. This is a teaser. It is our hope that as scientists and researchers discover how versatile, reliable, and easy it is to use therapeutic approaches to laughter such as Laughter Wellness and Laughter Yoga that do not rely on humor or comedy but rather on an internal decision to laugh, they will also realize that this kind of approach is not as reflexive nor highly variable as humor, and that it allows them to work with a broader population and, therefore, unearth results of a higher quantity and quality. Read more about the five categories of laughter and the seven key reasons why voluntary simulated laughter offers uniques benefits.
For the most part, when you go and get medical treatment, a clinician is not necessarily going to tell you to take two aspirins and watch Laurel and Hardy, but the reality is that’s where we are and it’s more real than ever. There’s a real science to this and it’s as real as taking a drug.Dr Lee Berk, LLU
How Laughter Impacts Body, Mind, Spirit, People

Physical Health

Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles.” – Dr. Gulshan Sethi, Head of cardiothoracic surgery, Tucson Medical Center.

The magnitude of change we saw in the endothelium is similar to the benefit we might see with aerobic activity, but without the aches, pains and muscle tension associated with exercise. We don’t recommend that you laugh and not exercise, but we do recommend that you try to laugh on a regular basis. Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week, and 15 minutes of laughter on a daily basis is probably good for the vascular system.” – Dr. Michael Miller, Director of Preventive Cardiology, University of Maryland Medical Center.

Who Benefits?

As Rosner (1) reported, randomized controlled clinical trials have not been conducted validating the therapeutic efficacy of laughter. Benefits, however, have been reported in geriatrics (2) oncology (3-4), critical care (5), pain management (6), psychiatry (7-8), rehabilitation (9), rheumatology (10), home care (11), palliative care (12), hospice care (13), terminal care (14), and general patient care (15). These and other reports constitute sufficient substantiation to support what is experientially evident—laughter and humor are therapeutic allies in healing.

The clinical bottom line: Until the scientists work out all the details, get in all the laughter that you can!

References
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Miscellaneous
Gentlemen, why don’t you laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon me day and night, if I did not laugh I should die, and you need this medicine as much as I do.Abraham Lincoln
Do your own research!
Why not do your own laughter research and find out for yourself how it impacts (or not) the body, mind and spirit? May we suggest you first read this and then use any of these videos.
  • An easy test (if you have a blood pressure cuff and know how to use it) is to measure the impact on blood pressure.
  • Do a quantitative test measuring various psychological variables (See below.)
Click on any of the following three images to download the associated pdf document.

The easiest questionnaire to use is the one immediately below “How do you feel right now?”

Questionnaire: How do you feel right now?
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Questionnaire for baseline and follow-up assessments of health-related laughter interventions (Q-LAUGH)

Take your interest further!

Discover Laughter Wellness, a complete – and fun! – system of methods that unlocks the many healing benefits of laughter and promotes physical wellness and overall wellbeing throughout people’s lifespan.

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