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Dr. Gary Small, M.D.

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Gary Small, M.D., is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive and integrated healthcare network. Dr. Small has often appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and CNN and is co-author (with his wife Gigi Vorgan) of 10 popular books, including New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible,” “The Small Guide to Anxiety,” and “The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Tags: social bonding | pain tolerance | laughter

Have a Laugh With a Friend

Dr. Small By Wednesday, 19 June 2019 04:49 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Are you having a bad day and feeling like no one understands you? Try sharing a joke with a friend to bolster your mood and mind health.

We have long known that laughter has positive effects on stress levels, blood pressure, pain tolerance, and general well-being.

But research now shows that simply sharing a few jokes also can solidify your connections with others.

Dr. Todd Kashdan and his colleagues at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., studied more than 5,500 face-to-face interactions between 162 volunteers.

When the volunteers laughed together, they experienced heightened intimacy and positive emotions, and those results were sustained by improving future interactions.

Even when the volunteers encountered people they hadn’t laughed with, those meetings engendered good feelings too.

The positive emotions you share with others have actual biological effects. Studies indicate that laughter elevates levels of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that promotes social bonding.

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We have long known that laughter has positive effects on stress levels, blood pressure, pain tolerance, and general well-being.
social bonding, pain tolerance, laughter
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 04:49 PM
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