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Is laughter the best medicine?

14th September 2011

Researchers from the University of Oxford have carried out research which has suggested that people feel less pain after a good laugh because it may cause the body to release chemicals that act as a natural painkiller.

The research, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, saw the pain thresholds of volunteers tested before they were split into two groups, with one being shown comedy videos and the other shown material researchers deemed boring. Subjects that had recently experienced belly laughs were able to withstand up to 10% more pain than they had done before watching the videos.

 

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Article Information

Title: Is laughter the best medicine?
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 19698
Date Added: 14th Sep 2011

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