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Is Laughing Good for You?

Friday, October 17, 2008 - 10:16 AM

Much has been written about the alleged health benefits of laughter, but a new report takes it up a notch by claiming that the mere anticipation of laughter dramatically reduces stress hormones—which tempts me to lie and say that this article is really funny:

Berk and his team report today at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Physiological Society in San Diego, California, that levels of all three stress chemicals decreased before, during and after the men viewed [funny] videos. Thirty minutes after the videos were watched, cortisol was down 67%, adrenaline was down 35%, and DOPAC was down 69%. But what really shocked the team was that cortisol, adrenaline and DOPAC decreased by 39%, 70%, and 38% respectively before anything funny was seen. “It would seem that merely having a merry heart in anticipation of the happy experience lowered stress levels... they dropped before videos were even watched” says Berk.

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lancer123

I dont know can someone help me out here

Nov. 20 2008 02:12 PM
Ceridwynne

This is a very very bad report! All it's going to do is induce me to rationalize procrastinating by watching The Daily Show before I have big projects due!

Curse your laughter studies!!!!

Oct. 30 2008 12:35 AM
Jerry McCoy

If this is true, and I don't doubt that it is, then back in the 90's, Thursday nights were the mellowest nights around in great anticipation for 9 o'clock when Seinfeld would come on. Still, to me, the funniest show ever (sorry I Love Lucy).

Oct. 24 2008 11:03 PM
Carson Gleberman

Human babies laugh beginning at day 97, according to one mom interviewed. The researcher had been dismayed that his colleagues resisted calling rat behavior laughter "because we are closest to angels," quoting an Aristotelian attitude, Did you know that in Bali, newborns are considered godlike or angelic in the beginning, and are not allowed to have their feet touch the ground until they are fully of this world (human, not angelic) at - yep, you guessed it - 100 days.

Oct. 20 2008 03:23 PM

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