Laughter Research

Laughter Research, Science and Benefits | Studies on Happiness and Laugh Yoga from the American School Of Laughter Yoga

Laughter and music could lower blood pressure just as much as cutting salt

Researchers at Osaka University in Japan assigned 79 people between the ages of 40 and 74 to one of three groups. Thirty-two were assigned to a music group where they listened to music and sang with music therapists. Thirty participants participated in laughter yoga, which combines breathing exercises with laughter stimulated through playful eye contact, plus watched a traditional Japanese comedy show called Rakugo.

Book Review: “Laughter: A Scientific Investigation”

Laughter, although ubiquitous and idiosyncratically human, remains a neurologic, social, and evolutionary enigma. There has certainly been no dearth of philosophical speculation concerning its mirthful triggers and metaphysical purposes, but no one has previously actually bothered to accurately describe its essential phenomenology or precise behavioral cues.