Cultural perspectives on laughter and health

Chueh Chang, Hsin-Ping Hsu

研究成果: Article

摘要

A review was conducted of recent scientific research results, both international and regional, on the relationship between laughter and health. The findings revealed conceptual differences due to variations in cultural traditions. The Western studies indicated that laughter could strengthen the immune system, enhance metabolic functions, reduce stress, and increase tolerance for pain. In contrast, studies based on traditional Chinese medicine indicated that laughter could be detrimental to physical and mental balance. These differences are also found in the definitions of "laughter" in the different cultures. In the West, the definition of laughter is entirely positive. The Chinese definition, however, refers to both positive and negative relationships between emotion and action. It was not until the 20th century that the Taiwanese began to have more positive attitudes toward laughter, although still with a reminder to not "overdo it." More research is needed on these drastically different opinions about laughter to shed light on the influence of cultural perspectives. The relationship between laughter and mental health should be further explored.

原文English
頁(從 - 到)282-291
頁數10
期刊Taiwan Journal of Public Health
27
發行號4
出版狀態Published - 2008 八月 1

指紋

Laughter
Health
Chinese Traditional Medicine
Research
Immune System
Mental Health
Emotions
Pain

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Chang, Chueh ; Hsu, Hsin-Ping. / Cultural perspectives on laughter and health. 於: Taiwan Journal of Public Health. 2008 ; 卷 27, 編號 4. 頁 282-291.
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