Laughter Lowers Levels of Fight-or-Flight Hormones

Summit, NJ–SAGE Eldercare held a “Laughter Yoga” class on Friday, June 5th, for its Spend-A-Day adult day program participants with Pradep Nair of HomeWell Senior Care.

It is true that each human beings sense of humor is the strongest psychological armor at our disposal. Scientists have known for years that genuine, joyous laughter can squelch stress and chase away depression. And given its measurable effect on key mood-regulating chemicals, this benefit makes perfect sense.

One small clinical trial showed that subjects who watched an hour-long humorous video showed marked decreases in levels of cortisol and epinephrine—two fight-or-flight hormones involved in the stress response—versus those who didn’t. More recent research has shown a similar effect on another stress marker called chromogranin A (CgA).2 And scientists also think that laughter may be able to help reverse depression by stimulating areas of the brain implicated in the development of depression.

But it’s not just your attitude that benefits from this positive influence. New research shows that your brain’s cognitive functions get a boost from laughter too.

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