Amusing Ourselves to Health: A Selected Review of Lab Findings

Chapter

Abstract

Scores of scientific studies from various disciplines support the widespread notion that humor and laughter benefit psychological and physiological health. Some of those studies are reviewed here in the context of immune system functions, pain and stress management, cognition, and interpersonal social networks. A final section considers ways in which people in later stages of life might benefit from applied humor and laughter interventions. But there are cautions to consider in the application of the many findings from empirical research on humor and laughter.

Keywords

Humor Laughter Health Immune system Social networks Stress Pain Elders Psychological health Physiological health 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTowson UniversityTowsonUSA

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