Laugh Every Day to Boost Short Term Memory

Updated at: Apr 21, 2014
Laugh Every Day to Boost Short Term Memory

According to a new study, laughing for 20 minutes everyday can help in boosting short term memory.

Bhadra Kamalasanan
LatestWritten by: Bhadra KamalasananPublished at: Apr 21, 2014

Laughter is the best medicine, they say and quite clearly, there is scientific evidence to prove that a short period of laughter can promise better mind, body and soul. A new study suggested that laughing can help one to improve short-term memory in older adults. This is because humour reduces the level of stress and blood pressure and boosts mood. The study was conducted by researchers at the Loma Linda University in US.

laughter benefitsFor the study, about 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched funny video for 20 minutes, while a control group stayed calm without any video.

The researchers later performed memory tests and drew analyses of the participants’ saliva samples to check for stress hormones. They found that the people who laughed during the 20 minutes funny video watching session scored better on the short-term memory tests.

The researchers also found that the levels of stress as found in the saliva samples were significantly low in the humour group. The author of the study, Dr Gurinder S Bains, PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences, said that laughing with friends or watching humour for 20 minutes on the television, helps him to cope with stress. He added that one must begin by laughing more everyday as this improves the quality of life.

According to the co-author of the study, Dr Lee Berk, humour reduces the amount of stress hormones being released in the body as well as blood pressure, thus improving or enhancing the mood. He also said that laughter increases the amount of endorphins in the body and sends out dopamine to the brain, providing dopamine to the brain. This release of mood-friendly hormones gives a sense of reward as well as pleasure to the person. It also increases the efficiency of immune system and changes brain wave activity towards gamma frequency amping  up the memory and recall.

Article source: Delhidailynews
Image source: Getty Images
Read more Health News.


All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK