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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 3 (2006), Issue 2, Pages 187-190
Review Article

Humor and Laughter May Influence Health: II. Complementary Therapies and Humor in a Clinical Population

1Indiana State University College of Nursing, Terre Haute, IN, USA
2University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Received 7 February 2006; Accepted 22 February 2006

Copyright © 2006 Mary Payne Bennett and Mary Payne Bennett. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Our results support a connection between sense of humor and self-reported physical health, however, it is difficult to determine the relationship to any specific disease process. Whereas relationships between sense of humor and self-reported measures of physical well-being appear to be supported, more research is required to determine interrelationships between sense of humor and well-being.