Humor is a powerful anecdote to pain.
A 1995 study demonstrated that a significant increase in pain tolerance was seen in the groups being shown a humorous film compared to the other groups that were not.
In 2011 research led by Oxford University’s Robin Dunbar conducted experiments in the lab and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to discover laughter's effect on pain. They found that genuine laughter releases endorphins in the brain - chemicals that activate pain-killing effects. There was also a "dose-related" response to laughter, meaning that people who laughed more felt less pain late on.
In 2013 it was reported, at The European Pain Federation Congress, that humor can increase pain tolerance and improve quality of life. According to Thomas Benz (RehaClinic Zurzach, Switzerland), targeted humor interventions should be part of pain therapy.
So humor activates the release of endorphins and it also helps lessen muscular tension, meaning its effect on pain is both mental and physical.
"As a result, humor helps to reflect pain, thus helping both the patients as well as their carers to deal better with stress," said Professor Willibald Ruch, Zurich University. "Humor can be used specifically as a cognitive technique, for example in terms of a distraction to control the pain and increase pain tolerance."For your laughing pleasure we have included a collection of jokes relating to Fibromyalgia.