The positive roles of laughter as stress-buffers, a study proves

Laughter is one such strong medicine which people need at most in the problematic world. It is capable of curing several diseases, enlightens one’s mood, and also responsible for social health. Studies have shown that it improves the immune system and also releases endorphins, rendering humans safe and energetic throughout their life. People laughing or smiling every day can deal with stress effectively.

Researchers claim that an average person laughs about 18 times a day. This might be due to conversation or interaction between the people in different times, places, etc. Getting pleasure can be due to various sources, and sharing pleasing news with the neighbors brings a smile to the person’s face. When people look at the other one who is laughing, it might also trigger them to laugh. The Department of Psychology at the University of the Basel has done a study on the relationship of laughter with the stressful events carried in day to day life.

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The longitudinal study carried by them involved an acoustic signal produced from a mobile app, that will ask the participants to answer questions, eight times a day at irregular intervals and it was continued for 14 days. The questions to be asked are about the frequency and intensity of laughter which the people experience from the last call, and also the cause of laughter or even about stress events. Dr. Thea Zander-Schellenberg and Dr. Isabella Collins, the lead authors of the study, collected data from 41 psychology students, 33 of them were women and studied the correlation between laughter and stress and other psychological symptoms like headache.

The initial result showed that the person who frequently laughs are more linked with minor subjective stress. This was based on the specialist literature. The second results proved that there was no connection between the intensity of laughter and the stressful event. Scientists did not find any statistical relationship between them because most people will be better at estimating the frequency of laughter than intensity over the last hours.

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Source: MedicalXpress

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