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Anthony Ackroyd explains the neurological effects of laughter in trading

Australian comedian Anthony Ackroyd explains how laughter and other positive emotions can stimulate the cingulate cortex and enhance traders' skills in recognising and duplicating patterns in their trading activities.

Reading time: 31 minutes

Trading level: Beginner


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Trading is considered a serious business. However, laughter is considered a positive therapy in psychology circles. Researchers have found that it's one of the activities that encourages personal wellbeing and can induce a state of flow.

Plus, it can even help decrease emotional and physical pain symptoms. I've invited Anthony Ackroyd into the hub to discuss this topic.

Anthony Ackroyd is one of Australia’s best-known comedians. He rose to fame writing and performing on TV shows like I Hate Saturday and The Midday Show.

Before his involvement in the TV comedy series The Comedy Company and ABC’s Big Gig, he was a team captain on the original Good News Week.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian newspapers acknowledged Anthony as one of the best comedians of his generation. Anthony is now the CEO of his own company, Feel Betterer, and is considered a leading expert on using humour and laughter to our advantage in our personal and professional lives.

In this interview, you'll learn the benefits of laughter and why it may assist traders. You'll also understand the importance of intention when seeking to create more laughter and happiness.

Anthony Ackroyd…


  • Neurologically, what happens to somebody when they're laughing and what impact does that have on our wellbeing?
  • Did you use the information that you have about neurology to assist you in overcoming your nerves?
  • Are you familiar with the Norman Cousins case where he decided to watch funny movies to help him through Guillain-Barre? And what are the other benefits that you think we can explore through laughter?
  • What would you say would be the main tools that we could use as traders to create more laughter and happiness in our lives so that we can stress less and laugh more?
  • Can you share an example of the actual neurological effects of laughter?

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