Study links sense of humor, survival
[ 2007-03-20 08:56 ]
Laugh and the world laughs with you.
Even better, you might live longer, a Norwegian researcher reports.
Did you laugh
Adults who have a sense of humor outlive those who don't find life
funny, and the survival edge is particularly large for people with cancer,
says Sven Svebak of the medical school at Norwegian University of Science
He released his study of about 54,000 Norwegians, tracked for
seven years, at the American Psychosomatic Society meeting.
At the start, patients filled out questionnaires on how easily they
found humor in real-life situations and how important a humorous
The greater a role humor played in their lives, the greater their
chances of surviving the seven years, Svebak says. Adults who scored in
the top one-quarter for humor appreciation were 35% more likely to be
alive than those in the bottom quarter, he says.
In a subgroup of 2,015 who had a cancer diagnosis at the start, a great
sense of humor cut someone's chances of death by about 70% compared with
adults with a poor sense of humor, Svebak says.