Laughter is the Best Medicine

Mitchell Fukumoto
Mitchell FukumotoSoftware Engineer Intern um IMVU
“Laughter is the best medicine”A State-of-the ArtAnalysis on laughter and stressreduction,[object Object],Presented by: Mitchell Fukumoto,[object Object]
Positive Effects of Laughter:,[object Object],Hormones: Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.,[object Object],Physical Release: The “laugh until you cry” syndrome.,[object Object],Internal Workout: Works the abs.  “Laugh until it hurts” syndrome.,[object Object],Distraction: Laughter brings the focus away from anger, guilt, stress and negative emotions.*,[object Object],Perspective:  We view stressful events as either a “threat” or a “challenge.”  Humor can help us view these events as “challenges,” making them less threatening and more positive.  See cognitive reframing.*,[object Object],Social Benefits: Laughter connects people, just like smiling or kindness.  Laughter is also contagious.,[object Object],-,[object Object]
How do I know laughter works?,[object Object],[object Object],Laughing together: Laughter is effective because it is contagious.  Funny things are funnier when other people are laughing with you.,[object Object],Everyday humor: Laughter is effective because it is everywhere.  Funny things happen in your life every day.  ,[object Object],“Fake it until you make it”:Laughter is effective because even fake laughter works.  Studies show that the mere act of smiling or laughing (real or not) has positive effects on our bodies. ,[object Object],It’s “FUN FUNFUNFUN”: Laughter is just plain FUN!  Duh.,[object Object],T.V. and Movies:Laughter is effective because it makes money.,[object Object],-,[object Object]
Existing Solutions,[object Object],Laughter Yoga,[object Object],Laughter Therapy,[object Object],Comedy clubs, Sitcoms, TV/Movie Comedies,[object Object],	These solutions are great calmers, but they are not easily accessible. You need to go out of your way to calm yourself.  With innovations such as Youtube and Google, the laughs can be brought  to you with technology.,[object Object]
Laughter Yoga,[object Object],[object Object]
Laughing for the sake of laughing: you don’t need a reason to laugh
Laughing with others
Focuses on the mind and breathing like yoga.You need to be at least somewhat physically active to do yoga.  Yoga is also not for everyone.  Does not focus on laughter derived from humor.  I believe genuine laughter is more effective than faked laughter.,[object Object],,[object Object]
Laughter Therapy,[object Object],[object Object]
Group laughter
Not really based in humor
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