This survey is an attempt to qualify and quantify the claim that laughter helps people with a mental illness reduce their medication. It is a collaborative effort between the Laughter Online University and Laughter Yoga Australia.

Please do not assume anything from it and consult with your physician for questions about your own health and how to improve it. Click here to read more about the science of laughter in general, and here about what is known on why laughter is good for mental health.

We all know that laughter can help to heal in some way, but as for it being a prescribed medicine, we are a long way from proving this in any credible form. Many of the stories that we have are a one-off and are interesting, but because they are one-off they are just that: stories.

Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is when a university, or research unit from a hospital, gets involved in a lengthy, expensive, and time-consuming research study, to prove what they believe to be true. Once they have done this, they try to get it published, usually by a medical journal. Once it has been published, then it is often seen to be credible and can be taken seriously.

Practice Based Evidence (PBE) on the other hand, is where a lot of evidence is gathered to show that practically, something may have value, even though it is not yet proven. One of the many benefits of PBE is that someone may see it, and use it as the basis to carry out an EBP.

This is the first PBE Survey ever done. The purpose is to assess the impact of laughter in being able to reduce the use of medication for someone experiencing depression or anxiety.

We aim to:

  1. Provide practice-based evidence to show the benefits of laughter for people with mental illness.
  2. Show the value of laughter as a complementary medicine to health professionals.
  3. Encourage research organizations to conduct a study based on our findings.
  • All information provided is strictly confidential and for academic research only.
  • We’re collecting personal details so that any evidence provided can be checked for legitimacy.
  • Published evidence and data will in no way be linked to individuals.
If you are a researcher and would be interested in discussing conducting a study with us based on this survey please contact us.

Who this survey is for

Please only take this survey if you:

  1. Have experienced a diagnosed mental condition in the past (depression or anxiety in particular),
  2. Were prescribed medication for it,
  3. Have reduced or ceased medication as a result of being engaged in a laughter practice.
  4. Note: You do not need to still be involved in your laughter practice.

(Download and open on your local computer to fill offline, or print, fill-in, take pictures and email these back to us.)

Questions? Contact us or email [email protected]