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Is Fake Laughter Good For You?

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It's well-known that frequent laughter is very healthy. I don't have a great sense of humor so some of my laughs tend to be fake. Is fake laughter healthy?
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I'm 99% positive studies have shown fake laughter gives you some (if not all) of the positive benefits of real laughter. Same thing with fake smiles!
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Originally Posted by Semicharmed' date='07 July 2010 - 09:30 AM' timestamp='1278509405' post='2670128 View Post


I'm 99% positive studies have shown fake laughter gives you some (if not all) of the positive benefits of real laughter. Same thing with fake smiles!

Smiling is good for you as well? I hear a lot about laughter but little about smiling giving benefits.
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Fake laughter makes me feel sad. Like I'm an outsider in some way.
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Smiling can do everything from boost your immune system to relieve stress, to release endorphins, to alter your mood, to help you stay positive! And fake smiles trigger the same physiological effects as real ones. Smile on!
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Originally Posted by Semicharmed' date='07 July 2010 - 10:10 AM' timestamp='1278511829' post='2670144 View Post


Smiling can do everything from boost your immune system to relieve stress, to release endorphins, to alter your mood, to help you stay positive! And fake smiles trigger the same physiological effects as real ones. Smile on!

I've read many health books over my life, and laughter is mentioned far more frequently than smiling as far as health goes. Maybe I'm reading the wrong books. Anyways, I'd be curious as to what these studies have said that you were referencing to earlier.
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Originally Posted by rainforests1' date='07 July 2010 - 06:23 PM' timestamp='1278541438' post='2670413 View Post


I've read many health books over my life, and laughter is mentioned far more frequently than smiling as far as health goes. Maybe I'm reading the wrong books. Anyways, I'd be curious as to what these studies have said that you were referencing to earlier.



Well... Sadly, my all-access pass to hundreds of journals online went away when I graduated... But quick search turned up a few things. And these things also cite other work. So, basically, here are a few points on the spiderweb... (These ones concern fake smiling benefits... I didn't know if you wanted fake laughter ones as well? It sounded like you were saying you knew about laughter, and were curious about the smiling. Is that right?)



Anyway, here's some stuff I found after a cursory search...

"Can Smiling Make You Happy?" From a Research and Teaching Showcase. Department of Psychology, University of Alberta, April 1998.



"A Feel-Good Theory: A Smile Affects Mood" by Daniel Goleman. From The New York Times, July 18, 1989. (This article cites several sources, and points out that the theory isn't a new one - Charles Darwin and William James proposed similar ideas.)



And here's a 3-minute audio file from the University of Houston. (I downloaded it myself, I know it's safe. )

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