Effects of Laughter on Patients and Caregiver

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Laughter can be a powerful therapy for most patients and the caregivers. There are many benefits from the effects of humor and laughter on the body, mind, and spirit; the patient during recovery from illness; and the health professional during delivery of care. Most experienced caregivers have discovered that attention to only the physical body during treatment will render a partial or temporary recovery. The patient's emotional responses, belief system, and support network may effect …

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…get through threatening situations. Looking at life's situations with a sense of humor and laughter provides perspective and helps keep things in balance when life seems unfair. Resources and References 1.Wooten, P. (1997) Laughter as Therapy. PULMONARY REHABILITATION. 2.Klein, A. (1989) Healing Power of Humor. Los Angeles, CA: Tarcher. Jacksonville, FL: Headwaters Press 3.Lefcourt, H. (1990) "Humor and immune system functioning". International Journal of Humor Research, Vol.3, No. 3 4 Lefcourt, H. (1986) Humor and Life Stress. New York, NY: Springer-Verl