A 7-Year Prospective Study of Sense of Humor and Mortality in an Adult County Population: The Hunt-2 Study

07 Jul 2010Sven Svebak, Ph.D., Solfrid Romundstad, Ph.D., Jostein Holmen, Ph.D.

Sense of humor appeared to increase the probability of survival into retirement, and this effect appeared independent of subjective health.

Cohort Study
9 effects
7 years
66140 subjects

Reported Outcomes

CausesOutcomeCertainty

Humour Selfcare risk & protective factor
Humour
Selfcare

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Decreased risk of Mortality
Musculoskeletal system

High evidence
-27.0%

Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular outcome
Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular system

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Strong increased risk of Mortality
Musculoskeletal system

High evidence
528.0%

Cancer Lymphatic outcome
Cancer
Lymphatic system

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Strong increased risk of Mortality
Musculoskeletal system

High evidence
386.0%

Diabetes Lymphatic outcome
Diabetes
Lymphatic system

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Strong increased risk of Mortality
Musculoskeletal system

High evidence
386.0%

Type 2 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome
Type 2 Diabetes
Lymphatic system

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Strong increased risk of Mortality
Musculoskeletal system

High evidence
386.0%

Type 1 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome
Type 1 Diabetes
Lymphatic system

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Strong increased risk of Mortality
Musculoskeletal system

High evidence
386.0%

Cognitive Activity Brain outcome
Cognitive Activity
Brain system

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Decreased risk of Mortality
Musculoskeletal system

Moderate evidence
-33.0%

Smoking Contaminant risk & protective factor
Smoking
Contaminant

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Increased risk of Mortality
Musculoskeletal system

High evidence
71.0%

Sedentary Lifestyle Selfcare risk & protective factor

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Strong increased risk of Mortality
Musculoskeletal system

High evidence
110.0%