Humor and Laughter May Influence Health: III. Laughter and Health Outcomes

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008 Mar;5(1):37-40. doi: 10.1093/ecam/nem041.


This is part three of a four-part series reviewing the evidence on how humor influences physiological and psychological well-being. The first article included basic background information, definitions and a review of the theoretical underpinnings for this area of research. The second article discussed use of humor as a complementary therapy within various clinical samples, as well as evidence concerning how a sense of humor influences physiological and psychological wellbeing. This third article examines how laughter influences health outcomes; including muscle tension, cardio-respiratory functioning and various stress physiology measures.

Keywords: health; humor; laughter; physiology.