home
RSS
Why laughing is healthy
April 28th, 2014
09:57 AM ET

Why laughing is healthy

Can watching a funny cat video at work actually improve your productivity?

Maybe!

A study presented at this year's annual Experimental Biology conference finds that when people laugh, their brains are activated in the same way as when people are mindfully meditating.

The study, from researchers at Loma Linda University, measured the brain activity of 31 people when they watched a funny video and again when they watched a stressful video. Researchers measured activity in nine parts of the brain. What they noted was that during the funny videos, the viewers actually activated their entire brains, with high gamma wave activity, as measured by electroencephalography, or EEG.

EEG measures electrical activity along the scalp. “The electrical activity translates to neuroactivity,” said the lead researcher, Dr. Lee Berk. Gamma wave activity is associated with increased dopamine levels and putting the brain’s cognitive state at its most alert level.

Berk explained, “What we know is that gamma is found in every part of the brain and that it helps generate recall and reorganization.” That’s why, he said, after people meditate, they feel refreshed and are better positioned to solve problems.

Not only can laughing help increase your awareness, Berk thinks it is likely to have the health benefits of meditation, like reducing stress, blood pressure and pain.

Berk acknowledges that more research is needed about how laughing can actually benefit our health, but he is optimistic about an area of science that shows real correlation between the mind and body. “We are looking at the keyhole in the door – and the light is bright on the other side," he said.

The bottom line, he says: "Humor is evidenced to have a therapeutic value.”

So next time your boss catches you watching a funny cat video, just tell her that you’re trying to be more productive.


soundoff (1,040 Responses)
  1. FmrfEncox

    cialis no prescription paypal http://cialisee.com/ cialis super active experiences

    May 5, 2021 at 01:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. aika online review

    https://123malayalee.com/redirect.php?link=https://aikareborn.com

    May 5, 2021 at 04:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Orthokeratology Near Me

    https://maps.google.ne/url?sa=t&rct=j&url=https://eyedoctorphoenixaz.com

    May 5, 2021 at 06:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. aika online gameplay

    There is definately a lot to know about this issue. I like all of the points you made.

    https://jobetudiant.net/offres-permanentes/happysitters.php/redirect?url=https://aikareborn.com

    May 5, 2021 at 06:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. RV Frame Riverside

    http://regionby.org/goto/https://ocrv.biz

    May 5, 2021 at 07:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. JebgEncox

    Duricef Fertomid Dipyridamole

    May 5, 2021 at 07:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RV Lighting California

    http://adm-bruhoveckaya.ru/bitrix/redirect.php?event1=file&event2=download&event3=D092D18BD0B4D0B0D187D0B020D0BFD0BED180D183D0B1D0BED187D0BDD0BED0B3D0BE20D0B1D0B8D0BBD0B5D182D0B0.xlsx&goto=http3A2F2Frvcollisionrepairpaintshop.com

    May 5, 2021 at 08:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. truck exhaust repair near me

    Howdy! This blog post couldn’t be written much better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I'll send this post to him. Pretty sure he'll have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

    https://www.google.dk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://fleetservicesocrv.com

    May 5, 2021 at 09:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. RebfZisse

    best prices for generic cialis https://rcialisgl.com/ how much does cialis cost

    May 5, 2021 at 10:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. truck suspension maintenance

    http://www.google.com.ag/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://fleetautorepairshop.com

    May 5, 2021 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. aika online private server

    http://www.newchina.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.aikareborn.com

    May 5, 2021 at 13:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. semi truck body shop near me

    http://brookman.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=boxtruckrepairshop.com

    May 5, 2021 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. confidence training near me

    This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Appreciate it!

    https://clients1.google.com.tw/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://masteringthemanwithin.com

    May 5, 2021 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RV Upholstery Orange County

    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely feel this website needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the information!

    http://cyprus.qtellfreeads.com/l.php?web=ocrv.club2F

    May 5, 2021 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. vet near me

    You should take part in a contest for one of the finest websites on the net. I am going to highly recommend this website!

    http://action.smartgrowthamerica.org/salsa/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=7&url=https://www.carsonrvexperience.com

    May 5, 2021 at 20:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. mindset coach

    https://www.visitbenidorm.es/boletines/redir?cod_bol=CODENVBOLETIN&dir=menmastermind.com

    May 6, 2021 at 04:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. LebnEncox

    Voltaren http://xlnpharmacy.com/ Suprax

    May 6, 2021 at 08:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Vision Centers Near Me

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be useful to read through content from other authors and use something from their web sites.

    https://local.google.gg/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https3A2F2Feyedoctorphoenixaz.com&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGaY_nlK9ozc51fqwjiVdMaYZL7rg

    May 6, 2021 at 08:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. academy near me

    http://www.gbna.org/redirect.php?url=https://www.internetmarketingidaho.com

    May 6, 2021 at 13:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. laundromat near me

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who has been conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me lunch simply because I found it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this topic here on your website.

    https://octopusreview.com/redirect.php?url=https://www.postfallsvegan.com

    May 6, 2021 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. rv dealers in riverside county ca

    I like it when individuals come together and share thoughts. Great site, stick with it!

    http://www.uvioo.com/watch/?m=felixdu073&so=yt&v=r5afNGi2F9I

    May 6, 2021 at 17:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Used Forklift Rental California

    Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after going through many of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely pleased I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

    https://eventlog.centrum.cz/redir?s=search-a&v=0.1&u=20151227-050535_567f638fd2fd3_8f44d7&n=20151227-050535_567f638fd4293&url=https://wildwestforkliftschool.com

    May 6, 2021 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Forklift Maintenance

    Hi, I do think this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I'm going to come back once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

    http://2ch.io/www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXxLQjuDp9k

    May 6, 2021 at 18:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Kolsch Beer Near Me

    You're so interesting! I do not think I've truly read something like this before. So nice to discover somebody with a few unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is something that is required on the web, someone with a little originality!

    https://images.google.com.mx/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://howtobrews.com

    May 6, 2021 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Forklift Cylinders

    I seriously love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you create this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m wanting to create my own personal site and want to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Kudos!

    https://clients1.google.com.mt/url?q=j&rct=j&url=https3A2F2Fsocalforkliftcertification.com&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGaY_nlK9ozc51fqwjiVdMaYZL7rg

    May 6, 2021 at 21:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. tailor near me

    http://local.krtv.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.optometristphoenixaz.com

    May 7, 2021 at 04:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. rv remodeling companies near me

    You ought to be a part of a contest for one of the best websites on the internet. I will recommend this blog!

    http://www.uvioo.com/watch/?m=felixdu073&so=yt&v=DCG4uAdLM_A

    May 7, 2021 at 06:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Forklift For Sale Near Me

    https://www.topsheetmusic.eu/sysmusic/templates/youtube.php?v=ABrM8rrNxLU

    May 7, 2021 at 09:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Wine Near Me Now

    https://images.google.co.zw/url?sa=j&url=https://allbrewsupplies.com

    May 7, 2021 at 09:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. LebnEncox

    Tadora canadian pharmacy coupon code Aygestin

    May 7, 2021 at 10:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. motel 6 near me

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Thank you for supplying these details.

    https://www.groei.nl/?URL=http://www.internetmarketingwashington.com

    May 7, 2021 at 15:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. rv furniture san diego

    I wanted to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I have got you saved as a favorite to check out new things you post…

    http://www.nsfwyoutube.com/watch?v=aqF9j94MfEw

    May 7, 2021 at 20:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Social Media Marketing Firms

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you need to write more about this subject, it might not be a taboo subject but typically people don't talk about such subjects. To the next! All the best!!

    http://flosfilet.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 7, 2021 at 23:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. motorhome refurbishment

    http://detectortubes.info/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    May 7, 2021 at 23:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Video Marketing Agencies

    http://sumaho-etc.net/?wptouch_switch=mobile&redirect=http://affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 02:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Google Marketing Quotes

    https://www.praisesystems.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 03:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Video Marketing Jobs

    https://storage-slough.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 08:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Internet Marketing Companies

    This is the perfect webpage for anyone who really wants to understand this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a topic which has been discussed for years. Wonderful stuff, just wonderful!

    http://suddencardiacarrest.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 13:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Social Media Marketing Jobs Near Me

    http://italianfinance.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. trailer parts and repair near me

    I blog quite often and I truly thank you for your information. The article has really peaked my interest. I'm going to book mark your website and keep checking for new information about once a week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

    http://rockymountainportableair.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    May 8, 2021 at 14:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Internet Marketing Company California

    http://ad.socialhootz.com/?alttemplate=Ad&pt=4&referrer=http://affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 15:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. LbsoZisse

    cialis online america http://ucialisdas.com/ cialis and pay pal

    May 8, 2021 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Google Marketing Experts

    https://www.ryanandrichie.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. AnooEncox

    drinking grapefruit juice with viagra http://llviagra.com/ – does viagra stop premature does anthem blue cross cover viagra

    May 8, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Social Media Marketing Review

    http://kidehen.idehen.net/HtmlPivotViewer/?url=http://affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 18:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. RV Mattresses Riverside

    http://clik.pw/BApi5T

    May 8, 2021 at 23:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. RV Kitchen Los Angeles

    https://go.menjelajahi.com/PJN53pf

    May 9, 2021 at 03:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Digital Marketing Business

    Hello there! This article couldn’t be written much better! Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I'll forward this information to him. Pretty sure he's going to have a great read. I appreciate you for sharing!

    https://www.constantcontent.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 06:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. RV AC California

    https://smoner.com/3zPc

    May 9, 2021 at 06:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Local Marketing Agencies

    Excellent write-up. I absolutely appreciate this website. Thanks!

    http://www.hawaiianrumcompany.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 08:27 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

Leave a Reply to RV Lighting California


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.