Health Benefits of Humor, Physical

The effect of humor on health can basically be divided into two main categories, effects on physical health and effects on mental health. Although there is some crossover, with things that improve mental health having the possibility of improving physical health and vice versa, this entry addresses evidence for the effects of humor on various physiological systems. The relationship between sense of humor (a psychological trait) and various outcomes is beyond the scope of this entry. This entry discusses research on the health effects of humor and laughter on physiological systems, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, neurological, endocrine, and immune systems.


For this entry, the term humor refers to a stimulus (such as a humorous video) intended to produce a humor response. Laughter is a response ...

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