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Published on June 17, 2007

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HUMOR AND HEALTH:  HUMOR AND HEALTH by Alleen Pace Nilsen and Don L. F. Nilsen CLEARWATER, FLORIDA:  CLEARWATER, FLORIDA At the Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida there is a clown school. Graduates of the clown school patrol the halls of the hospital and give out smiley faces, joke books, and little clown babies. (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 143) DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA:  DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA In Durham, North, Carolina, there is the Carolina Ha Ha organization dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle through humor and entertainment. Ruth Hamilton is the director, and she works closely with the Duke University Medical Center Humor Project, which has donated the 'Laugh Mobile' for use by cancer patients. (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 143) LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY:  LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY The Oasis Room at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky has a player piano, humorous books, cartoon albums, and Nintendo game sets for patients and family members to use together. (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 143) NEW YORK, NEW YORK:  NEW YORK, NEW YORK In New York City, there is a Clown Care Unit of the Big Apple Circus that sends clowns to the pediatric units of several hospitals. (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 143) PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA:  PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA The Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia has a humor cart with a six-foot-high clown on the front. In the cart there are comedy tapes, squirt guns, yo-yos, whoopee cushions, slinkys, kaleidoscopes, Mr. Potato Heads, etc. (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 143) Slide7:  Almost every major hospital in the United States now uses clowns, pets, clergy, and humor intervention as a regular part of their care systems. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS:  ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Sometimes the tone gets too heavy in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, so humor is often used to transcend the moment and attain a broader perspective. Slide9:  One member told about how she she used to be always drunk or hung over, but she tried to be what society expected her to be. She volunteered to help with the Boy Scouts, and they were making moccasins. 'I remember sewing it, honest to God I can still feel it, onto my finger.' Slide10:  Telling about the humor in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, one member recounted a story about about another member backing his car out of his driveway while he was drunk. 'He accidently ran over his wife. And everybody laughed. Even his wife was there, sitting in the front row, and she was laughing. She limped a little bit, but she was still laughing. What a crazy place.' (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 144) HOSPITAL HUMOR:  HOSPITAL HUMOR Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, says that the more hierarchical is a working environment, the more likely are people in the middle to be frustrated. Nurses are caught in the middle, so they often joke and clown around with their patients, often at the expense of doctors and hospital administrators, thus destroying the hierarchy that exists in hospitals. (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 143) PATCH ADAMS:  PATCH ADAMS In Patch Adams the movie, Robin Williams plays the part of an unconventional medical student who upsets the hierarchy by playing a clown and ordering around the doctors and the hospital administrators. The nurses and the patients approve of this behavior. Slide13:  One of the funniest episodes in the Patch Adams movie was when the inmates at a mental hospital take over a therapy session. In this session, each of the patients is asked to contribute to a group joke. (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 142) THE BIBLE:  THE BIBLE 'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.' (Proverbs) (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 142) NORMAN COUSINS:  NORMAN COUSINS If it’s possible to have a psychosomatic illness, then it is also possible to have a psychosomatic wellness. In 1979, Norman Cousins published Anatomy of an Illness. Cousins had developed a serious collagen disease that affected the connective tissue of his spine and joints. The disease was life-threatening, his pain was intense, and the doctors gave him little hope for a full recovery. Slide16:  Cousins was frustrated by the hospital routines and his slow progress, so he checked himself out of the hospital and into a nearby hotel. Here he used 'humor-intervention therapy.' He read humorous books, watched funny movies, and watched tapes of 'Candid Camera.' He found that the more he laughed, the longer his body was without pain. (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 142) WILLIAM FRY:  WILLIAM FRY In 1971, Dr. William Fry of the Stanford University Medical School started doing empirical studies on the effects of humor and laughter on the healing process. His results are now widely published. (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 143) VERA ROBINSON:  VERA ROBINSON In 1977, Vera Robison published the first edition of her Humor and the Health Professions. This was a very influential book. PATTY WOOTEN:  PATTY WOOTEN Patty Wooten has been president of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor. Dressed as a clown named Nancy Nurse, Wooten makes fun of doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and even patients. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Because we don’t want to overstate the health benefits of humor, we decided to offer some warnings: 1. People have individualized senses of humor, and what makes one person laugh might annoy or insult someone else. Slide21:  2. Even if it is true that people with a good sense of humor live longer, the sense of humor might not be the cause. Perhaps these people are happy because they are healthy and things are going well in their lives. 3. Also, it could be that pleasant patients with a sense of humor just receive better health care than do the grumps. Slide22:  4. Although a hearty laugh does pump adrenalin and other 'good' chemicals into people’s blood streams, there are other things that have the same effect. Pets and members of the clergy also have a positive effect on health and healing. 5. If laughter enhances the immune system, then what about implant patients. A stronger immune system for them will cause them to reject their implants. !THEREFORE, A CAUTIOUS CONCLUSION:  !THEREFORE, A CAUTIOUS CONCLUSION One critic compared hospital humor to changing a baby’s diaper. 'It doesn’t permanently solve any problems, but it makes things more acceptable for a while.' (Nilsen andamp; Nilsen 143) !!HUMOR AND HEALTH WEB SITES:  !!HUMOR AND HEALTH WEB SITES AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THERAPEUTIC HUMOR http://aath.org/ CAROLINA HEALTH AND HUMOR ASSOCIATION: http://rtpnet.org/~cahaha/ HOSPITAL CLOWN NEWSLETTER (SHOBI DOBI): http://hospitalclown.com/Past%20Issues/Vol%201-6FinalNew.htm HUMOR HORIZONS (DAVID M. JACOBSON): http://www.humorhorizons.com Slide25:  !!!HUMOR AND MEDICINE (GREG KUHN): http://www.natural-humor-medicine.com HUMOR THERAPY (ELAINE LUNDBERG): www.humortx.com HUMORx (KAREN BUXMAN): www.humorx.com JESTHEALTH (PATTY WOOTEN): http://www.jesthealth.com THE WHOLE MIRTH CATALOGUE (ALLEN KLEIN): http://www.allenklein.com Slide26:  References # 1: Adams, Patch. Gesundheit! Bringing Good Health to You: The Medical System, and Society through Physician Service, Complimentary Therapies, Humor and Joy. Rochester, NY: Hewaling Arts Press, 1993. Buxman, Karyn, and Anne LeMoine, eds. Nursing Perspectives on Humor. Staton Island, NY: Power Publications, 1995. Cousins, Norman. Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient. New York: W. W. Norton, 1979. Derks, Peter, Lynn S. Gillikin, Debbie S. Bartolome-Rull, and Edward H. Bogart. 'Laughter and Electroencephalographic Activity. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research 10.3 (1997): 285-300. Slide27:  References # 2: Fry, William F. 'The Biology of Humor.' HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research 7.2 (1994): 111-126. Fry, William, and Waleed Salameh eds. Advances in Humor and Psychotherapy. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press, 1993. Gibson, Leslie M. Healthy Humor. Clearwater, FL: Morton Plant Hospital, 1988. Kerkkanen, Paavo, Nicholas A. Kuiper, and Rod A. Martin. 'Sense-of-Humor, Physical Health and Well-Being at Work: A Three-Year Longitudinal Study of Finnish Police Officers.' HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research 17.1-2 (2004): 21-36. Slide28:  References # 3: Klein, Allen. The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying. New York, NY: Tarcher Putnam, 1998. Klein, Allen. The Healing Power of Humor. Los Angeles, CA: Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1989. McGhee, Paul E. The Laughter Remedy: Health, Healing, and the Amuse System. Randolph, NJ: The Laughter Remedy, 1991. Martin, Rod A. The Psychology of Humor: An Integrative Approach. London, England: Elsevier, 2007. Martin, Rod A. 'Sense of Humor and Physical Health: Theoretical Issues, Recent Findings, and Future Directions.' HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research 17.1-2 (2004): 1-20. Slide29:  References # 4: Moody, Raymond A., Jr. Laugh after Laugh: The Healing Power of Humor. Jacksonville, FL: Headwaters Press, 1978. Morreall, John. 'Chapter 3: 'Laugh for the Health of It.' Humor Works. Amherst, MA: HRD Press, 1997, 49-58. Nilsen, Alleen Pace, and Don L. F. Nilsen. Encyclopedia of 20th Century American Humor. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2000. Robinson, Vera M. Humor and the Health Professions. 2nd Edition. Thorofare, NJ: Slack, 1991. Slide30:  References # 5: Salameh, Waleed A., and William F. Fry, Jr., eds. Humor and Wellness in Clinical Intervention. New York, NY: Praeger, 2001. Saper, Bernie. 'Humor in Psychiatric Healing.' Psychiatric Quarterly 59 (1988): 306-619. Svebak, Sven, K. Gunnar Götestam, and Eva Naper Jensen. 'The Significance of Sense of Humor, Life Regard, and Stressors for Bodily Complaints among High School Students.' HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research. 17.1-2 (2004): 67-84. Wooten, Patty. Compassionate Laughter: Jest for Your Health. New York, NY: Commune-a-Key, 1996.

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