Laughter and health – scientists hint at why laughter feels so good

Scientists Hint At Why Laughter Feels So Good

Laughter and health – scientists hint at why laughter feels so good

By Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete

(Healingtalks)  The health benefits of laughter, can they be documented? Laughter is often promoted as being healthy but scientifically what can be  proven beyond any doubt?

Why Laughter Feels Super

The answer, reports Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford, is not the intellectual pleasure but rather the physical act of laughing. The muscular involved trigger the release of endorphins  which make us feel good. “Laughter is very weird stuff, actually,” says Dr. Dunbar, who also stresses its usefulness in social bonding.

Social Laughter

Social laughter, Dr. Dunbar points out, is contagious and creates bonds between a variety of primates.In several lab studies Dr. Dunbar and colleagues tested resistance to pain before and after tidal waves of social laughter.  The findings were of a physical link to the release of endorphins was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

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