Does Laughing Have a Stress-Buffering Effect in Daily Life? An Intensive Longitudinal Study

Zander-Schellenberg, Thea and Collins, Isabella Mutschler and Miché, Marcel and Guttmann, Camille and Lieb, Roselind and Wahl, Karina. (2020) Does Laughing Have a Stress-Buffering Effect in Daily Life? An Intensive Longitudinal Study. PloS one, 15 (7). e0235851.

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Positive affect is associated with alleviating mental and physiological stress responses. As laughter is a common physiological operationalization of positive affect, we investigated whether the effects of experiencing a stressful event on stress symptoms is lessened by frequency and intensity of daily laughter. Using an intensive longitudinal design, we ambulatory assessed the self-reported experience of stressful events, stress symptoms and the frequency as well as the intensity of laughter in university students' daily lives. Our hierarchical ecological momentary assessment data were analyzed with multilevel models. The results support the stress-buffering model of positive affect: We found that the frequency of laughter attenuated the association between stressful events and subsequent stress symptoms. The level of intensity of laughter, however, was found to have no significant effect. Future studies should use additional psychophysiological indicators of stress and straighten out the differential contributions of frequency and intensity of daily laughter.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Lieb, Roselind and Wahl, Karina
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Public Library of Science
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