Laughter used as therapy

We all surely know some of the most common benefits of laughter, but a recent study by researchers from Loma Linda University in California, US, has revealed that much more than offering relief through humour, laughter is a vital tool to the health for our physical and mental state.

The study was carried out among 20 healthy adults between the ages of 60 and 70, in which the levels of stress and short-term memory were assessed. The research was divided into two groups: the first group was asked to sit quietly, read or use their mobile phones without speaking; while the second group was shown funny videos.

 

After 20 minutes, the participants from both groups gave saliva samples and also underwent tests of short-term memory. The results showed that the group of people who had been exposed to comedy videos scored significantly better on tests of short-term memory than the other study group. The so-called "group of humour" improved their memory by 43.6% in comparison to the results gained in the pre-study test. The other group improved as well, but with not as much success, bettering their previous score by 20.3% On the other hand, the group of individuals who sat through 20 minutes of funny videos showed considerably Read more