How Humor Can Serve As An Important Part Of Health

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Introduction In recent years, the idea that humor can serve as an important part of health has been popularized through both the media and the general public. From Kaiser Permanente 's Thrive campaign to a rise in studies on the correlation between happy and healthy lives, happiness and positivity has taken a step into the spotlight as a current day medical issue. Although it has only recently because popularized among the public, the idea that humor provides health benefits has been expressed many times in the past. In Shakespeare 's Taming of the Shrew, a messenger claims that "mirth and merriment... bars a thousand harms and lengthens life", and in the bible, Proverbs 17:22 says that "a merry heart doeth good like medicine". Today, several studies have shown how laughter and happiness can have positive effects on both mental and physical health, through physiological and emotional factors.
Studies on the Physical Benefits of Laughter Laughter is a physically stimulating activity that can benefit physical health. Through various experiments, researchers have gauged the relationship between laughter and health, and while some have proved inconclusive, many others have shown a positive correlation between laughter and physical stimulation. In 1991, psychologists Hubert and de Jong-Meyer conducted a study on the relationships between heart rate, interoception, salivary cortisol and mood or emotion in response to film stimuli. Their aim was to assess responses by
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