Is Laughter Good for Your Health?

For this episode of Studio 360, Kurt Andersen and Only Human host Mary Harris go to a session of laughter yoga to find out about the health effects of laughter. We trace the origin of laughter with researcher Robert Provine, and look at laughter’s effect on the brain with neuroscientist Sophie Scott. Chris Gethard talks about the positive effect that comedy has had on his struggles with depression, and doctors talk about when it’s OK to laugh with patients (and when it’s not).

I came up with the concept, wrote the treatment, booked and prepped the interviews, and provided sound design and scoring for this hour.