Anticipating a Laugh Reduces Stress

Research at a university in California suggests that just anticipating a humorous experience can help boost immunity and reduce stress.  The scientific study measured various hormone levels of two groups; one group anticipated watching a humorous video, and the other did not.

Some of the highlights from the study include:

  • The anticipation of mirthful laughter increased two hormones associated with alleviating depression and improving immunity by an average of 57%.
  • Three stress hormones were also reduced by an average of 49% when anticipating laughter
  • As the lead researcher stated, “Our findings lead us to believe that by seeking out positive experiences that make us laugh we can do a lot with our physiology to stay well.”

Ready to laugh for better health? Just take a second to anticipate watching some great office humor videos, then click on through and actually reap the benefits of laughter.

Source: Anticipating a Laugh Reduces Our Stress Hormones, Study Shows, American Physiological Study.  Science Daily, April 2008.

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  • Ben September 17, 2009, 10:56 pm

    Huh, who would’ve thought. That makes sense though. Just being around someone that’s funny and anticipating laughter seems to always give me an extra boost of energy. Interesting.

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