Research

 

There is extensive research on laughter publicly available showing vast benefits of laughter and the need for making laughter the important part of our daily life.  

 

https://journals.rcni.com/nursing-standard/evidence-and-practice/implementing-laughter-therapy-to-enhance-the-wellbeing-of-patients-and-nurses-ns.2019.e11064/abs  -  Citation:  Tremayne P, Sharma K (2019) Implementing laughter therapy to enhance the well-being of patients and nurses. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11064

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23017490 - Laughter and positive therapies: modern approach and practical use in medicine. - Ripoll RM1, Casado IQ.  Rev Psiquiatr Salud Ment. 2010 Jan;3(1):27-34. doi: 10.1016/S1888-9891(10)70006-9. Epub 2010 Apr 14.  -  PMID: 23017490 DOI: 10.1016/S1888-9891(10)70006-9

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27033323  -  Laughter Yoga, Adults Living With Parkinson׳s Disease, and Caregivers: A Pilot Study.  -  DeCaro DS1, Constantine Brown JL2.  -  Explore (NY). 2016 May-Jun;12(3):196-9. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2016.02.005. Epub 2016 Mar 3.  -  PMID: 27033323 DOI: 10.1016/j.explore.2016.02.005

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27982486  - The effect of laughter therapy on the quality of life of nursing home residents. -  Kuru N1, Kublay G1.  -  J Clin Nurs. 2017 Nov;26(21-22):3354-3362. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13687. Epub 2017 Feb 9.  PMID: 27982486 DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13687

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26148038 - [Changes in depression and loneliness after laughter therapy in institutionalized elders].  -   Quintero Á1, Henao ME1, Villamil MM1, León J1. -  Biomedica. 2015 Jan-Mar;35(1):90-100. doi: 10.1590/S0120-41572015000100012.  PMID: 26148038 DOI: 10.1590/S0120-41572015000100012

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4226447/?tool=pmcentrez - The effect of laughter therapy on radiation dermatitis in patients with breast cancer: a single-blind prospective pilot study  -  Moonkyoo Kong,1 Sung Hee Shin,2 Eunmi Lee,3 and Eun Kyoung Yun2  Published online 2014 Nov 4. doi: 10.2147/OTT.S72973  PMCID: PMC4226447   PMID: 25395864

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26055513 - Intradialytic Laughter Yoga therapy for haemodialysis patients: a pre-post intervention feasibility study.  -  Bennett PN1, Parsons T2, Ben-Moshe R3,4, Neal M5, Weinberg MK6, Gilbert K7, Ockerby C8, Rawson H9, Herbu C10, Hutchinson AM11.  -  BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Jun 9;15:176. doi: 10.1186/s12906-015-0705-5.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5706473/?tool=pmcentrez - Laughter therapy as an intervention to promote psychological well-being of volunteer community care workers working with HIV-affected families  -  Irene Hatzipapas, Maretha J. Visser, and Estie Janse van Rensburg  Published online 2017 Nov 23. doi: 10.1080/17290376.2017.1402696  PMCID: PMC5706473     PMID: 29169302

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29169302 - Laughter therapy as an intervention to promote psychological well-being of volunteer community care workers working with HIV-affected families.  -  Hatzipapas I1, Visser MJ2, Janse van Rensburg E3.  SAHARA J. 2017 Dec;14(1):202-212. doi: 10.1080/17290376.2017.1402696.  PMID: 29169302 PMCID: PMC5706473 DOI: 10.1080/17290376.2017.1402696

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25875938 - The effects of laughter therapy on mood state and self-esteem in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy: a randomized controlled trial.  -  Kim SH1, Kook JR, Kwon M, Son MH, Ahn SD, Kim YH.  J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Apr;21(4):217-22. doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.0152.    PMID: 25875938 DOI: 10.1089/acm.2014.0152

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21489520 - [Laughter: gender differences].  -  Mora-Ripoll R1, Ubal-López R.  -  Rev Clin Esp. 2011 Jul-Aug;211(7):360-6. doi: 10.1016/j.rce.2010.10.013. Epub 2011 Apr 12.  -  PMID: 21489520 DOI: 10.1016/j.rce.2010.10.013

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27439375 - Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health: A Theoretical Review.  -  Yim J1.  -  Tohoku J Exp Med. 2016 Jul;239(3):243-9. doi: 10.1620/tjem.239.243.  -  PMID: 27439375 DOI: 10.1620/tjem.239.243

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29162513 - Homeostatic effect of laughter on diabetic cardiovascular complications: The myth turned to fact.  -  Noureldein MH1, Eid AA2.  -  Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2018 Jan;135:111-119. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2017.11.014. Epub 2017 Nov 21.  -  PMID: 29162513 DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2017.11.014

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27439375 - Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health: A Theoretical Review.  (Yim J. - 2016)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2556917  - Neuroendocrine and stress hormone changes during mirthful laughter.  (Berk LS, Tan SA, Fry WF, Napier BJ, Lee JW, Hubbard RW, Lewis JE, Eby WC - 1989)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1596112 - The dynamics of laughter. (Davidhizar R, Bowen M -  1992)

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170601124121.htm - Social laughter releases endorphins in the brain.  (University of Turku 2017)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4255480/ - The social life of laughter.  (Sophie Scott, Nadine Lavan, Sinead Chen, Carolyn McGettigan - 2014)

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/08/06/336360521/play-doesnt-end-with-childhood-why-adults-need-recess-too  - Play doesn’t end with childhood: why adults need it too - (2014)

(http://internationalpsychoanalysis.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/9.-Joan-Erikson-Importance-of-Play.pdf) - (Joan M Erikson on The importance of play in adulthood, an interview with Joan M Erikson 1902 - 1997) by Daniel Benveniste  

http://www.cfp.ca/content/55/10/965.short - Laughter Prescription (William B Strean - 2009)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21920973 - Social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold. (Dunbar RI, Baron R, Frangou A, Pearce E, van Leeuwin EJ, Stow J, Partridge G, MacDonald I, van Vogt M - 2012)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280463  -  The therapeutic value of laughter in medicine (Mora-Ripoli R - 2010)

https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/effects-of-laughter-therapy-on-anxiety-stress-depression-and-quality-of-life-in-cancer-patients-1948-5956-1000362.php?aid=60533 - Effects of Laughter Therapy on Anxiety, Stress, Depression and Quality of Life in Cancer Patients (Melike Demir - 2015)  

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5037252/ - Laughter is the best medicine? A cross-sectional study of cardiovascular disease among older Japanese adults  (Kei Hayashi, Ichiro Kawachi, Tetsuya Ohira, Katsunori Kondo, Kokoro Shirai, Naoki Kondo - 2016)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22894892 - Effect of laughter yoga on mood and heart rate variability in patients awaiting organ transplantation: a pilot study.  (Dolgoff-Kaspar R, Baldwin A, Johnson MS, Edling N, Sethi GK - 2012)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bdpl5 - iplayer Radio 4 Sophie Scott on The Life Scientific (2013)  

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jul/03/laughter-on-the-brain-science - Laughter on the brain: the science behind our sniggers  (Sophie Scott 2012)

Professor Robin Dunbar - Oxford University – 14 Sept 2011 - Research 

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14889165)Study reveals laughter really is the best medicine (2011)

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1001/10012601 - Sophie Scott from University College London (UCL) says laughter is a universally recognised social emotion, and it is physically contagious.       

Learning and Laughter – Sophie Scott

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.cohttp://youtu.be/1JiUqa8wrUsm/blog/2014/08/23/learning-laughter-using-humour-educational-tool/  - (2014)

 http://www.llu.edu/news/today/today_story.page?id=1621 - LLU researcher finds that anticipating happy times may have health benefits. Lee Berk, DrPH at Loma Linda University professor   

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276042.php - Laughter may be the best medicine for age-related memory loss (2014) 

Dr Lee Burk, co-author of the recent study conducted in Loma Linda University, California, suggested that the less stress a person has, the better their memory performance, and humour may be the key to reducing stress levels. 

National Geographic : Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140606-laughter-jokes-medicine-health-science-laughing-yoga/

Link to Professor Robin Dunbar’s paper

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