Laughter Research

Scientifically Proven Research Benefits

There is considerable proven research on the benefits of laughing.  Children laugh 300-400 times a day, whereas adults laugh only 15 times a day.  In the 1950s we laughed 18 minutes a day, compared with today, it is only 6 minutes. Science tells us that the brain needs 25% more oxygen than other body organs and laughing increases the net supply of oxygen, which helps in optimal performance and boosts energy levels.

Dr Williams Fry of Stanford University proved that 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes on the rowing machine. This is not in terms of muscular movements, but a cardio pulmonary endurance. The purpose of all aerobic exercises is to stimulate the heart rate, increase blood circulation, supply oxygen and remove waste products.

Dialysis Patients and Laughter Yoga Research

A research done on the Dialysis patients at Monash Medical Hospital in Melbourne by Deakin University and Laughter yoga therapist Merv Neal may provide a boost to 11,000 Australians on dialysis. Read more “The Age” 16 December 2013: Laughter Yoga – The Best Medicine

Herald Sun Article 24 November 2012 Laughter Is The Best Medicine For Stressheads

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