Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fake laughter - still a good medicine ?!

Laughter is the best medicine is a well known proverb. Even though I have not researched the topic there appears to be enough "common knowledge" to show that laughter is helpful to the physical and emotional well being (always a dangerous assumption).

Have you ever thought about forced or faked laughter? A review just published mentions although the mind can tell between spontaneous/real, laughter and fake/simulated laughter the body cannot.

Therefore there could be positive outcomes from a physiological point of view when we simulate laughter. I suspect this could happen, it like feeling better when you smile, even when you force a smile.     

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