June 21, 2014

Picture Yourself Laughing

1 An-Ti-Ci-Pa-Tion...It’s Making You Well

Not only do enjoyable experiences raise our beneficial hormone levels and lower our stress levels, but Loma Linda University researchers have found that merely anticipating such experiences has the same positive effect. Blood tests showed that test subjects who were told they would later be shown a humorous video of their choosing had 27 percent more beta-endorphins and 87 percent more human growth hormone than those in a control group even prior to viewing the video. Endorphins and HGH are known to reduce the effects of chronic stress and boost immune system performance, and previous research indicates that the mood- and hormone-enhancing benefits of viewing one hour of humorous videos can last from twelve to 24 hours.

More at Llu.edu | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Humor and Health, Humor and Stress, Humor and Hormones, Health Benefits of Laughter, Health and Positive Experiences

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