Recent study suggests social laughter stimulates endophins and encourages social bonding. This makes a case for Laughter Yoga
Proc Biol Sci. 2011 Sep 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold.
Dunbar RI, Baron R, Frangou A, Pearce E, van Leeuwin EJ, Stow J, Partridge G, Macdonald I, Barra V, van Vugt M. abstract here
- pain thresholds go up after social laughter
- suggested endophin release the reason
- felt that laughter “may play a crucial role in social bonding”
Comment – would like to use laughter yoga in chronic pain victims but not sure what sort of tolerance peopple would have from sitting and how long. Now I find there are on line laughter clubs:
also discussed from Canadian perspective on online sites here
Any comments in regard to arranging it with chronic pain vicitms?