What causes laughter in the body?

"Laughter is healthy" is the popular saying. In fact, the positive effect of laughter can also be proven from a medical point of view. It is no coincidence that laughter has been used as therapy in the US since the 1980s. Meanwhile, there are humorous visits in many European countries with clowns, the aim of which is to cheer sick children and make them forget their everyday life. Even with dementia patients, the laughter therapy is used.

This causes laughter in the body:

  • Laughter improves lung function and oxygenates the brain.
  • Laughter improves the immune system and releases stress hormones.
  • 80 muscles are needed to make people laugh.
  • Laughter for a minute helps your health as well as 10 minutes of jogging or 30 minutes of relaxation exercises.

More facts about laughter

What else you should know about laughing:

  • 19 different types of laughter have been discovered by American scientist Paul Ekman. Only one variant is real. All others are for adaptation within society. For example, smiling out of politeness or to hide uncertainties.
  • The ability to laugh is innate. Toddlers can laugh up to 500 times a day. However, through education and social constraints, laughter is reduced as one grows older.
  • The science that investigates the effect of laughter on body and psyche is called gelotology (from the Greek "gelos" - laughter).
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