The Benefits Of Laughter

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!

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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

In summary…

Everybody knows that laughter feels good, but few realize that it can also be used as a powerful form of complementary medicine.

We are advocates for a unique form of Laughter Therapy called 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.

Here is an overview of its many benefits:

  • Physical health: Laughter Wellness’ innovative approach unlocks laughter’s known ability to strengthen all immune functions, tone the cardiovascular system, exercise the lungs, decrease pain, diffuse stress, release muscle tension and much more. The results are less sick days, health insurance claims, litigations, absenteeism, presenteeism.
  • Emotional health: Laughter Wellness’ key emphasis on “choosing to laugh” shifts perspectives, breaks the cycle of negativity and improves one’s mood. It helps to find stressful events less disturbing and easier to deal with. The results are more equanimity, mindfulness; Less stress, anxiety, depression.
  • Mental health: Laughter Wellness exercises are designed to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain, encouraging clarity and better problem solving ability. The results are a big boost in positive attitude, more creativity, less inhibitions.
  • Social health: Laughter Wellness exercises are designed to connect people, trigger positive feelings and foster an emotional connection, which in turn creates a positive bond with each other. This is team-bonding at its best!
  • Spiritual health: Laughter Wellness exercises aim to develop compassion, altruism, joy, and fulfillment. This leads to more trust, self- confidence, peace of mind, better quality of life.
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.
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)
To all the scientists and researchers out there: Therapeutic approaches to laughter such as Laughter Wellness are versatile, reliable and easy to use. They do not rely on humor or comedy but rather on an internal decision to laugh. This kind of approach is not as reflexive nor highly variable as humor, and allows to work with a broader population and, therefore, unearth results of a higher quantity and quality. Contact us! We will be most happy to share how it works with you.
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

 Experience and learn with leading experts

We are leading experts in therapeutic laughter with over a decade of hands-on experience teaching on 4 continents and offer keynotes, seminars, workshops and specialist trainings worldwide!
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Relevant Videos

Discover the LOU Pro Video Library, a unique repository of over 60 hours of professional videos and audio recordings from the annual All America Laughter Conferences discussing all aspects of the life of Laughter Professionals. A majority of these videos and audio-recordings come with a transcript, relevant links and the associated presentation notes in pdf format.

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.