I wanted to share this research article that discusses the impact of Laughter. A Japanese study looked at the effect of laughter on diabetes patients. The researchers were measuring the effects of laughter on blood sugar levels and immune cell function. The study intervention was carried out over two days.
First day they were exposed to comic videos and during the laughter, blood samples were taken 3 different time periods to measure blood glucose levels and immune cell response. The next day was the control day and no humor introduced but the same blood parameters were measured. Results revealed that after the period of laughter on the first day, the blood glucose levels over the course of 4 hours (even with a meal) were better controlled and steady then the day without laughter. The researchers also reported that on the first day, the increase in Natural Killer cells suggested that laughter also could have an impact on the immune system.
In the Tignum recovery module, we discuss how laughter can help offer recovery and rejuvenation to positively impact performance and sustainability. I always find that I get excited when we can have clinical evidence that is measurable that links the Tignum strategies to optimal health and performance. By employing laughter as a recovery tool, you can steady blood sugar and positively impact your immune system-both important for sustainability and peak performance (mentally and physically).
The Japanese doctors that conducted the study concluded their results add to the growing body of evidence pointing to the healing effects of laughter. I think I will go read the comics in the local newspaper to help me keep my Sustainable High Performer mindset! Hope you do as well.
By Patti Milligan
Director of Nutrition