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- n. The study of humor and laughter, and its effects on the body.
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Beyond that, however, the science of gelotology from the Greek gelos, “to laugh”, which is the study of humor and laughter and how it affects the human body, has found that having a good laugh can actually be beneficial to your health.
Those who study the new field of gelotology, which explores the benefits of laughter, have found that laughter lowers blood pressure, increases vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood, provides a workout to the diaphragm and various other muscles, reduces certain stress hormones, increases disease and tumor killing cells, and defends against respiratory infections.
I know you've heard this before but please think about it anew: Your weekend gelotology The topic of the many physiological benefits of laughter has been written about so frequently that it is now overdone and so been-there-have-the-T-shirt.