Laughter Research, Science and Benefits | Studies on Happiness and Laugh Yoga from the American School Of Laughter Yoga
After introducing clown therapy to patients having in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), doctors at Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre in Zerifin said their conception rate rose from 20 per cent to 35 per cent. "To our surprise we found a significant difference between the women who were exposed to clowning," said Dr Shevach Friedler, a trained mime artist and fertility doctor at the centre.
Not only is there real science and psychophysiology, but just the anticipation of the "mirthful laughter" involved in watching your favorite funny movie has some very surprising and significant neuroendocrine/hormone effects.
In an unusual three-month experiment, six specialists from a variety of disciplines worked to improve the happiness levels of a typical UK town. The experts tried and tested 10 simple measures in the quest for happiness. They found successful strategies included nurturing a plant, smiling at strangers and cutting television viewing by a half.
A 2005 research at the University of Maryland Medical Center showed that laughing boosts your blood flow. Researchers say it may reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
"We were surprised to find how common laughter was in therapy," Marci says. "Taken together with the current understanding of laughter outside of psychotherapy, our findings suggest that the patient who is laughing is trying to say more than has been expressed verbally to the therapist. Laughter is an indication that the subject is emotionally charged."
"Forced laughter is a powerful, readily available and cost-free way for many adults to regularly boost their mood and psychological wellbeing," said Charles Schaefer, psychology professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.