Laughter yoga class, a neuroscientist stand-up comedian, and Chris Gethard on depression.

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

The Peabody Award–winning show from PRI.
Sept. 28 2017 4:02 PM

Does Laughter Yoga Work?

Sure, laughing makes us feel good in the moment. But could it have enduring health effects?

Laughter yoga class.
A laughter yoga class.

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Is laughter the best medicine? Kurt Andersen and Mary Harris, a health reporter at WNYC, go to a laughter yoga class to find out. We also hear from a neuroscientist who studies laughter and moonlights as a stand-up comedian. Comic Chris Gethard explains why he resisted getting help for his depression out of fear of losing his humorous edge—and how treatment transformed his career. And we find out when medical humor is—and is not—just what the doctor ordered.

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(Originally aired July 14, 2016.)

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