Laughter therapy refers to a treatment modality in which a facilitator induces or trains patients to laugh (with or without humor) to obtain physiologic or psychological benefit. Related, but not synonymous modalities include humor therapy, which specifically uses humor as a treatment to improve the health of patients which may not necessarily involve laughter, and laughter yoga, a type of exercise developed by an Indian physician in which a therapist leads patients to clap, chant stretch, breathe, and laugh without the inducement of humor [1, 2]. All of these modalities may confer related health benefits, though laughter and humor therapy have not been studied as intensively as laughter yoga.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Alternative Medicine|
|Subtitle of host publication||Perceptions, Uses and Benefits and Clinical Implications|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2016|
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