Laughter Research

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

Fertility: Laughter helps raise conception rate from 20 per cent to 35 per cent.

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.

Happiness Research: Path To True Happiness Revealed

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.

Mental Health: Laughter helps patients communicate emotion in therapy sessions

"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."

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