The potential for laughter and humor therapy in the elderly

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlternative Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationPerceptions, Uses and Benefits and Clinical Implications
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages171-178
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781634848510
ISBN (Print)9781634848268
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Cherniack, E. P. (2016). The potential for laughter and humor therapy in the elderly. In Alternative Medicine: Perceptions, Uses and Benefits and Clinical Implications (pp. 171-178). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

The potential for laughter and humor therapy in the elderly. / Cherniack, Evan Paul.

Alternative Medicine: Perceptions, Uses and Benefits and Clinical Implications. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2016. p. 171-178.

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Cherniack, EP 2016, The potential for laughter and humor therapy in the elderly. in Alternative Medicine: Perceptions, Uses and Benefits and Clinical Implications. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 171-178.
Cherniack EP. The potential for laughter and humor therapy in the elderly. In Alternative Medicine: Perceptions, Uses and Benefits and Clinical Implications. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2016. p. 171-178
Cherniack, Evan Paul. / The potential for laughter and humor therapy in the elderly. Alternative Medicine: Perceptions, Uses and Benefits and Clinical Implications. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2016. pp. 171-178
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