The Science of Laughter
Why is laughter so important for our health?
A huge amount of research has been done looking into the health benefits of laughter. Some of its greatest pioneers include:
Norman Cousins – author of “Anatomy of An Illness (As Perceived by the Patient)” – diagnosed with a painful, degenerative, incurable condition he found that 10 minutes of “mirthful” laughter gave him 2 hours of pain free sleep – see Wikipedia profile and read more
Dr William Fry – Psychologist, Stanford University – the “Father of Gelotology” (the science of laughter) – read more about this research
Dr Lee Berk – Psycho Neuro Immunlogist, Loma Linda University, California – 23 years of laughter studies – read more about his research
Dr Hunter “Patch” Adams – founder of the “Gesundheit! Institute” and the Therapeutic Clowning Movement in hospitals and brought to world wide attention by actor Robin Williams in the film ‘Patch Adams’- read more
And of course our very own Jo Bluett as seen in the Independent on Sunday:
Jo also appeared in Leukaemia Care’s Journey Magazine – click here (Page 11).
and on the STV (Scottish Television) website – click here.
Research Links & Articles
“Laughter therapy: Laughter not only provides a full-scale workout for your muscles, it unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins. What’s more, your body can’t distinguish between real and fake laughter – any giggle will do” – The Observer 06/07/08
“The Stress Management and Health Benefits of Laughter – Health Benefits of Laughter: Stress Relief, Immunity and More” by Elizabeth Scott, M.S., – Updated 18/06/12 (Previously Posted as “The Laughing Cure” 07/10/09)