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Pilot Study of A Novel Biobehavioral Intervention's Effect on Physiologic State, Perceived Stress and Affect: An Investigation of the Health Benefits of Laughter Yoga Participational

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59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States

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Background Military members and their families are suffering from the consequences of the stresses associated with the past 16 years of war. McEwen s allostatic load model delineate show chronic stress up-regulates the sympathetic nervous system causing physiologic and psychological sequela. Conversely, yogic breathing has been shown to up-regulate the parasympathetic nervous system due to the diaphragmatic stimulation of the vagus. Fredricksons Broaden and Build theory explains how positive emotions can facilitate development of factors associated with psychological resilience. These theoretical premises laid the foundation for the search for an innovative and cost effective means of mitigating the effects of stress and promoting psychological resilience and provide the basis for this pilot investigation.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology
  • Psychology

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