MG 1102 2063

Laughter is Good Medicine

Bob’s oncologist gave him up to 14 days to live; his bi-weekly blood transfusions were no longer effective at keeping him from severe debilitating fatigue.

Bob had the sense of humor of a healthy man and an upbeat acceptance of his prognosis as if he had a whole life ahead of him. Bob chuckled, “Well, I never have to do laundry again! When I am done wearing something I’ll just toss it in the trash.”

Laughter is potent medicine for stress, pain and conflict. A good laugh can bring the mind back to focus, can lighten mood, and deepen connections between people. Studies have shown than laughter has beneficial effects on the body to include increased oxygen use which leads to better circulation, reduced pain, increased pain tolerance and relaxation.

It is always one of my goals to make my hospice patients and families laugh. Bob made reaching this goal easy. Of course there are times when laughter would be inappropriate, but opportunities for a chuckle often present themselves.

Laughter enhances the quality of life, don’t use it sparingly.

  1. Audrey Michele
    Audrey MicheleApril 23,13

    I would like to learn more about Laughter in Hospice. I am a Certified Laughter Leader and have done programs in alzheimers’dementia wards at conv homes. However, while I have done programs for Hospice caregivers and fund raisers, I have not worked at all with patients in Hospice.

    • Mary Landberg
      Mary LandbergApril 27,13

      Hi Audrey, I sure would like to learn more about what a Certified Laughter Leader is all about! I don’t have any sort of agenda, I just keep an eye out for the opportunity to chuckle. Tell me more about what you do. Mary

  2. KAT
    KATJanuary 14,17

    Hi! I am a hospice volunteer and would like to learn more about ways to bring more laughter and joy into the lives of those I visit. Thank you.

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