Brain and Behavior, Brain Health

Laughter May Be The Best Medicine After All (At Least For Your Brain)

Did you hear the one about the guy who swapped the gas pump labels? It was an April Fuel’s joke… (hahahaha!!)
April 1st is the day for silly pranks and jokes, and new research published in the most recent issue of Health Communication by Taylor & Francis Online reveals brain healthy benefits of making others laugh.

Scientists studied 406 young adults to evaluate the connection between sense-of-humor, cognitive flexibility, and improved neurological skills. Not surprisingly, the gift of laughter was significantly correlated with improvements in cognition!

According to the authors:
“The results showed that humor orientation was associated with increased mental well-being, lower levels of loneliness, and less headaches.”

So happy April Fool’s Day to all you amateur comedians out there…and prank on!

Terissa Michele Miller, MS Psy

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