How many calories do you burn while laughing?
Asked by anonymous on Nov 11, 2008 in Alternative & Integrative Nutrition

I laugh a lot because I am amused easily!  Does that play a part in how many calories I burn in a day? How many calories do I burn if I laugh for a minute straight?


A hearty guffaw will burn more calories than a nervous titter, but researchers at Vanderbilt University found adults burn an average of 1.3 calories per minute while laughing with their friends.  That’s about the same number of calories you burn while taking notes in a classroom or standing and talking on the phone.  But laughter has other benefits besides burning calories, including relief of emotional stress and a  workout for the muscles of the diaphragm, abdomen, back, and shoulders.  Read about the benefits of laughter from the Guide to Stress Management at

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