Humor in Medicine

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “ Laughter is the best medicine?” Surprisingly, that’s true, so let me help you discover some of the things laughter can do for you. Norman Cousins is generally credited with starting the scientific study of humor some 20 years ago. Anatomy of an Illness tells how watching comical movies helped him recover from an illness that was predicted to be fatal. Norman made it his mission to laugh 100 times a day. With this he recovered and taught us about the healing effects of humor. Medical studies indicate that laughter boosts levels of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Studies also show that laughter increases the cells that attack viruses, foreign cells and cancer cells. Plus it decrease your stress level and fights depression. Laughter exercises your heart by raising and lowering your heart rate and blood pressure. It also makes your lungs stronger and gets your blood flowing going. One doctor says that 20 seconds of hard laughter gives your heart the same workout as 3 minutes of hard rowing. Let us think about t Continue...


Laughter benefits both patients and nurses, plus it is fun too. Norman Cousins writes in his book about how he would play jokes on his nurses just to get in a good laugh. Since children get hundreds of laughs everyday it's only appropriate that we let them make us laugh. "I'm free! I'm free!' he shouted "SO WHAT, said a little girl, "I'M FOUR! . I hope you'll be seen giggling in the halls this afternoon, but more importantly have a sense of humor and encourage others to laugh. We could all benefit from a little bit more laughter. Now that you've discovered how good laughter can be and how much you need it. By alleviating their depression with humor we could make hospitals less of a scary place to people like you and me. his for a moment, you could laugh with friends for 20 seconds or work up a sweat on a rowing machine. A man escaped jail by digging a hole from his jail cell to the outside world. Which would you choose Healthcare workers with a sense of humor also benefit from reduced stress and have a better understanding of their patients. In fact adults laugh approximately 15 times per day, while children laugh about 400 times a day! By the time you reach adulthood you've lost a few hundred laughs a day. Besides, who wouldn't enjoy a kid size case of giggles Perhaps Cousins could have recovered from his illness a little bit faster if he could have chuckled during a clown visit. It is a known fact that children laugh more than adults. By learning to smile and laugh again, more easily and often you could have a profound and positive effect on our health and well-being.