Effect of forced laughter on mood

Psychol Rep. 2002 Feb;90(1):184. doi: 10.2466/pr0.2002.90.1.184.


This study examined the effect of a brief period of forced laughter on the mood of adults. Participants (N=17) rated their mood before and after 1 min. of forced laughter. Although the participants generally rated their mood as positive prior to the intervention, after forced laughter more participants rated positive affect significantly higher.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laughter Therapy*
  • Male
  • Motivation*
  • Students / psychology
  • Treatment Outcome