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Humor and Laughter May Influence Health. [Part] I. History and Background
  • Mary Payne Bennett, Western Kentucky University
  • Cecile A Lengacher, University of South Florida College of Nursing
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Articles in both the lay and professional literature have extolled the virtues of humor, many giving the mpression that the health benefits of humor are well documented by the scientific and medical community.The concept that humor or laughter can be therapeutic goes back to biblical times and this belief has received varying levels of support from the scientific community at different points in its history. urrent research indicates that using humor is well accepted by the public and is frequently used as a oping mechanism. However, the scientific evidence of the benefits of using humor on various health related outcomes still leaves many questions unanswered.

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Mary Payne Bennett and Cecile A Lengacher. "Humor and Laughter May Influence Health. [Part] I. History and Background" eCAM Vol. 3 Iss. 1 (2006) p. 61 - 63
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