Practitioner 2008;252(1713):9-10

Patients with depression have impaired sense of humour

17 Dec 2008Pais-up subscribers

Laughter is an effective antidote to stress, promotes a sense of wellbeing, strengthens relationships and may have beneficial effects on immunity and pain tolerance. Lack of a sense of humour may increase vulnerability to depression, and loss of the ability to appreciate humour may contribute to the downward spiral of mood in patients with depression.

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