Humor can protect against symptoms of anxiety and depression, study finds

The use of positive humor is associated with increased optimism and lower anxiety and depression, according to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology.Previous research offers evidence that humor plays a role in mediating anxiety, depression, and optimism. This new study wanted to further explore this dynamic using a mathematical model, hoping to gain a better understanding of whether or not humor protects against mental health issues. They also wanted to look at a Spanish population and consider differences in age, sex, education, and location.For the …

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