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Why Funny Cat Videos Are Good for Your Brain

Why Funny Cat Videos Are Good for Your Brain

Finally, science confirms what we all already knew in our hearts—videos of cats unrolling (and then re-rolling) toilet paper are good for our brain health!

In fact, anything that makes us laugh is good for our brains. According to new research from Loma Linda University in Southern California, a big fit of laughter (you know, the kind where you think you might pee your pants?) gives your brain a great workout.

For the study, researchers measured brain activity in participants while they watched a laughter-inducing 20-minute video. And from it, they pinpointed the optimal laugh for the brain—30-40 hertz frequency, which matches brain wave frequencies seen in people who reach a “true state of meditation.”

“This allows for the subjective feeling states of being able to think more clearly and have more integrative thoughts,” explains study co-author Lee Berk. “This is of great value to individuals who need or want to revisit, reorganize, or rearrange various aspects of their lives or experiences, to make them feel whole or more focused.”

And that’s not all. The participants who watched the funny video also scored higher on memory tests than those who didn’t watch it, and they also had a significant decrease in cortisol, a stress hormone that can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

And on that note, have you seen the video of the cat in a shark costume on a Roomba? (You’re welcome!)

 

Read more: Fun, General Health, Health, Life, Mental Wellness

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5:49AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

I always love a good kitty video that makes me smile, or laugh out loud.

Laughing is 100% better than crying!

3:52AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

I agree with Sally S.

7:42AM PDT on May 24, 2014

Thank you!

11:50AM PDT on May 22, 2014

Makes sense - happy people are healthier than miserable people.

5:19AM PDT on May 22, 2014

Absolutely awesome...Love them...

5:19AM PDT on May 22, 2014

Absolutely awesome...Love them...

6:44PM PDT on May 21, 2014

How many of us already know that laughter is the best medicine?

And comming in at second place is people who get grants or educational kudos for pointing out the obvious - smile
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5:27AM PDT on May 17, 2014

Grazie.

9:24PM PDT on May 16, 2014

love it

5:59AM PDT on May 15, 2014

Funny cat videos are always good. Even if the videos do not help the brain it is worth it just to put a smile on our faces.

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