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Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better, New Study Finds (By SARAH FIGALORA via Good Morning America )
Ever have trouble remembering where you just left your keys? Just laugh it off. New research suggests that humor can improve short-term memory in older adults.
In a recent small study conducted at Loma Linda University in Southern California, 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched a funny video distraction-free for 20 minutes, while a control group sat calmly with no video. Afterwards, they performed memory tests and had saliva samples analyzed for stress hormones.
You guessed it; those who got to laugh the 20 minutes away with the funny video scored better on short-term memory tests, researchers said. And salivary levels of the stress hormone cortisol — a memory enemy of sorts — were significantly decreased in the humor group.
“Learning ability and delayed recall become more challenging as we age,” said study author Dr. Gurinder S. Bains, a Ph.D. candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences. “Laughing with friends or even watching 20 minutes of humor on TV, as I do daily, helps me cope with my daily stressors.”
The less stress you have, researchers said, the better your memory. It works like this: humor reduces stress hormones, lowers your blood pressure, and increases your mood state, according to Dr. Lee Berk, a co-author of the study and associate professor of Allied Heath.
The act of laughter — or simply enjoying some humor — increases endorphins, sending dopamine to the brain to provide a sense of pleasure and reward, Berk said.
That, in turn, makes the immune system work better and changes brain wave activity towards what’s called a “gamma frequency,” amping up memory and recall.
Want to lower your stress levels?
“Begin by laughing more daily,” Bains said. “It will improve your quality of life.”
So, maybe you don’t have to feel bad about all that time you spend watching funny videos at work?
Here’s a video to get you started!! Have a groovy day!!
A couple more from my leadership learning journal. Neither actually made me laugh… but both remind me (and you) of how important it can be to laugh often and much.
Gentlemen, why don’t you laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon me night and day, if I did not laugh, I should die. ~ Abraham Lincoln
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
And just in case you need a little boost to get your laughter going… watch this mailman at what I am sure is one of his favorite stops each day.
The cat may be possessed, but I suspect that the cat is just doing what cats do. Two things I love about this clip. 1)It made me laugh and 2) I can’t help but think of the number of stories this cat has given this mailman to tell and the number of people who have smiled and laughed at his telling of those stories. The cat certainly got his tongue in a different way and youtube turned up the volume.
Have a wonderful day, filled with stress relieving laughter and having made the world a better place.