Study by Norman Cousins: Ten minutes of genuine belly laugher had an anesthetic effect that produced at least two hours of pain-free sleep. (Hafen, Brent Q., et al. Mind Body Health. p 542-547. NY: Allyn and Bacon, 1996.)

Studies: laughter can raise pain thresholds. Reports of Norman Cousins: 10 minutes of belly laughter gave him 2 hours of pain-free sleep. (Ornstein, Robert, PhD, and David Sobel, MD. Healthy Pleasures. 217-220. MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1989.)

Studies: laughter and humor can relieve physical and emotional pain. They stimulate the brain to release endorphins. Reports on Cousins: 10 minutes of belly laughter gave him 2 hours of pain-free sleep. (Hafen, Brent Q., et al. Mind/Body Health. p 550-560. MA: Simon & Schuster, 1996.)

Laughter works like anesthetic; 10 minutes of belly laughter provided Cousins with a minimum of two (2) hours of pain-free sleep. (Sobel, David S., and Robert Ornstein, MD. The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook. p 49-59. NY: Patient Education Media, Inc., 1996.)

The ability of laughter to reduce pain is undoubtedly partly due to its reduction of muscle tension. Even brief relaxation procedures have been shown to reduce pain--both in laboratory and clinical settings. (McGee, Paul E. Humor and Health.)

100 laughs equal the energy expended in 10 minutes of rowing. Laughter can increase healing and relieve pain. (Edell, Dean, MD. Eat, Drink & Be Merry. p 128-129. NY: HarperCollins, 1999.)

Outlines benefits including strengthening the immune system, helping with stress and pain management, increasing lung ventilation, lowers blood pressure, and is good preventive medicine. (Neylsen-Cannarella, Sandra L., PhD. The Immunology of Humor. Vol 26, No. 4, p. 28-34. January. WA: Spectrum, 1998.)

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