We found several attempts to find results about the use of humor as therapy. Some of the queries were therapeutic humor, use of humor, and humor laughter therapy.
We couldn't resist taking up the challenge to find a result that would make us smile. Here are some thoughts on the topic of searching (not laughing):
- Putting "therapeutic" first is likely to turn up lots of results that are not at all humorous. Because SearchMedica focuses on medicine, results about therapy are likely to arise in searches as a matter of course. In the Mental/Nervous tab, you'd expect most results about laughter and humor to relate to therapy anyway.
- "Use of" is so generic that it's useless.
- "Humor" attracts many ophthalmologic results from PubMed and the general medical journals. We want to exclude those with "NOT aqueous."
Look what turns up with the query humor laughter NOT aqueous. These reviews describe not only the clinical uses of laughter but the biological basis for its benefits.
RESULT: Laughter prescription
Canadian Family Physician | Oct 1, 2009
RESULT: Functional anatomy of humor: Positive affect and chronic mental illness
Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences | Oct 1, 2003