2 Interpersonal Communications: PowerPoint Presentation By Jessica BaiN Humor and HealingInterpersonal Communications:PowerPoint PresentationBy Jessica BaiN
3 Humor and Healing“A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22, New American Standard Bible)
4 Physical Benefits: Benefits of Laughter Boosts immunity Boosts circulationLowers stress hormonesDecreases painRelaxes your musclesPrevents heart disease
5 Physical Benefits cont. Enhances oxygen intakeStimulates the heart and lungsTriggers the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)Eases digestion/soothes stomach aches(Smith, Kemp, & Segal)
6 Laughter provides exercise by increasing heart rate, stimulating blood circulation and breathing and improving muscle tone.You can double your heart rate by watching a Laurel and Hardy movie. It has been calculated that 100 laughs equal ten minutes on a rowing machine. It is called "inner jogging“, (Bottari).
7 Mental Health Benefits: Benefits Of LaughterMental Health Benefits:Adds joy and zest to lifeEases anxiety and fearRelieves stressImproves moodEnhances resilience(Smith et al.)
8 Strengthens relationships Attracts others to us Enhances teamwork Benefits of LaughterSocial Benefits:Strengthens relationshipsAttracts others to usEnhances teamworkHelps defuse conflictPromotes group bonding(Smith et al.)
9 Laughter TherapyLaughter therapy, also called humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort. (“Laughter therapy”)
11 Laughter TherapyFor years, the use of humor has been used in medicine. Surgeons used humor to distract patients from pain as early as the 13th century. Later, in the 20th century, came the scientific study of the effect of humor on physical wellness. (“Laughter therapy”)Therapeutic laughter fitness originated in India in the 1990s when Dr. Madan Kataria, a believer in the healing powers of laughter, took a group to a public park to laugh. (Phinney, 2006)
12 Adverse Effects of Laughter Therapy The only adverse side effect of humor therapy is that it can cause mental hurt, sadness, and alienation in persons who are not receptive to it, or if it is used insensitively (Wells, 2005).
16 ReferencesBottari, A. C. (n.d.). Humor and healing. Retrieved March 13, 2010 from Kataria, M. (n.d.) Minnesota Laughter Yoga. Retrieved March 13, 2010 from Laughter therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved March 12, 2010 from Phinney, S. (2006, March 14). Humor has fans in medical circles. Seattle Pi. Retrieved March 13, 2010 from Smith, M., Kemp, G., Segal, J. (n.d.). Laughter is the best medicine. Retrieved March 12, 2010 from Wells, K. (2005.) Humor Therapy. Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. Retrieved March 12, 2010 from
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