Laughter study at UCLA shows how humor can boost the immune system

An study at UCLA is experimenting with how laughter might help kids with cancer and other painful diseases to manage pain better, recover from it faster, and generally have stronger immune systems.

The study is ongoing at UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center, through a nonprofit project called Rx Laughter.  Its pilot study on kids presented results in 2007, and it’s now extending to veterans and military families.

Having recently written a post on the RSM principle that humor can lighten and heal, it’s neat to look at the research that’s going on out there that backs up what Ilana’s been saying for years.  My hope is that bit by bit, folks in the scientific community will begin to study the principles of the body-mind connection systematically, and open up greater acceptance of the kind of work that we do.

Remember: I’m offering a first session for $20.  Contact me for details!

Published by Kamela Dolinova

Expressive arts adventuress: writing, performing, healing, loving.

One thought on “Laughter study at UCLA shows how humor can boost the immune system

  1. Kamela, one of the things that really attracted me to Rubenfeld Synergy – as a client and practitioner – is the use of humor in sessions. I loved the way Ilana lightened and deepened a session at the same time through the use of humor.

    At one time I was across the hall from an acupuncturist. She once told me that she couldn’t believe how much laughter she heard coming from my office. One of my clients told me that my use of humor at just the right moments makes her feel safe and cared for.

    We could do a study on the many uses and benefits of humor in a Rubenfeld Synergy session!

    Thanks for reminding me of the power of humor.


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