Humor theories and the physiological benefits of laughter.

  title={Humor theories and the physiological benefits of laughter.},
  author={Julia Wilkins and Amy Janel Eisenbraun},
  journal={Holistic nursing practice},
  volume={23 6},
There are 3 main theories used to explain the functions of humor: (1) the relief theory, (2) the incongruity theory, and (3) the superiority theory. While these theories focus on the specific role that humor plays for people in situations such as dealing with misfortune, making sense of rule violations, and bonding with others, we propose that underlying each of these theories are the physiological benefits of laughter. We draw on findings from empirical studies on laughter to demonstrate that… CONTINUE READING
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