The Laughter Remedy was created by Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.. Paul was a pioneer in humor research, laying the groundwork for the current interest in the health benefits of humor. After receiving his Ph.D. in developmental psychology in 1968, he spent 22 years conducting basic research on humor and laughter while teaching at the university level. He is internationally known for his own humor research, and has published over 50 scientific articles and 13 books on humor.
The Laughter Remedy was created to provide:
1) information (based on the latest research) about how humor contributes to health, stress reduction, and effective job performance, and
2) the tools needed by individuals, corporations, health care organizations, and support groups to obtain these benefits.
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This article is an update to my original article “Exploring the Land of Mirth and Funny” (1994) and my detailed chapter “Integrating Humor into Psychotherapy” (Play Therapy with Adults, 2002). In this article, I have added a brief discussion about the universal triggers that activate one’s sense of humor.
This article also reflects updated thinking on the therapeutic experience of humor.
In the original article, I discussed laughter as a physiological reaction to humor, mirth as an emotional reaction, and wit as cognitive reaction. Over the years my thinking has shifted. Since the emotional experience of mirth and the cognitive experience of wit also activate biochemical/physiological changes, I have revised the model to present laughter as a physical experience rather than physiological, and based on the research on emotion and cognition, now present laughter, mirth and wit as all activating physiological changes. It is these physiological changes that are primarily cited as the therapeutic benefits of humor. (more…)