A 15-Year Follow-Up Study of Sense of Humor and Causes of Mortality: The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study

20 Apr 2016Romundstad, Solfrid MD, PhD; Svebak, Sven PhD; Holen, Are MD, PhD; Holmen, Jostein MD, PhD

The cognitive component of the sense of humor is positively associated with survival from mortality related to cardiovascular diseases and infections in women and with infection-related mortality in men. The findings indicate that sense of humor is a health-protecting cognitive coping resource.

Cohort Study
4 effects
15 years
53556 subjects

Reported Outcomes

CausesOutcomeCertainty

Humour Selfcare risk & protective factor
Humour
Selfcare

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Decreased risk of Mortality
Musculoskeletal system

High evidence
-48.0%

Humour Selfcare risk & protective factor
Humour
Selfcare

Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular outcome
Decreased risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular system

High evidence
-73.0%

Humour Selfcare risk & protective factor
Humour
Selfcare

Sepsis Lymphatic outcome
Decreased risk of Sepsis
Lymphatic system

Low evidence
-80.0%

Humour Selfcare risk & protective factor
Humour
Selfcare

Immune system Lymphatic outcome
Increased risk of Immune system
Lymphatic system

Low evidence
80.0%