Therapeutic Use of Humor in Recovery. “ Jest for the Fun of It ” Lori Green, DNP, RN, CASAC FADAA/FCCMH Annual Conference Thursday July 7 , 2014. WHO AM I???.
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Therapeutic Use of Humor in Recovery
Lori Green, DNP, RN, CASAC
Thursday July7, 2014
Increased blood pressure
Adrenalin floods blood stream
Increased muscle tension
Digestion slows down
Increased heart rate
“The shortest distance betweenTwo people is a smile”
Humor combats fear
Humor reduces pain
Humor Boosts the Immune System
Humor reduces Stress
Humor Speads Happiness
Humor cultivates optimism
Humor helps Communication
Laughter helps with replacing losses by:
•See new perspective
•Reducing internal stress
•Helps gain control over situation
•Helps to diffuse anger
•Enhances group activities
• Laughter is universal
• Decreases prejudice
• Reveals connections of all
• Balances mind, body and soul
• Helps towards obtaining
Memorize and be able to tell at least one short joke or story.
Movies/ Music/ cartoons
Websites and blogs
Collect & use humorous memos, signs, posters, bumper stickers, etc.
Keep a humor journal
Start a humor library
Have Fun……. Be ‘In The Here and Now’/ mindfulness
Have Friends Over More Often
Have a Regular Game Night
Step back/Prioritize/Let things go
1. List 5 things you love to do, that you feel joyful when you do them,
that you haven’t done in the last several months. (I.E. lying in the sun,
taking a cruise, getting a message, reading a good book, dancing, going
to a humor talk, etc.)
2. Now, besides each of these things list what stops you from doing it –
something either inside (your feelings) or outside (lack of money, time)
that keeps you from doing it.
3. Take two things on your list that hold the most joy and think of one
step you can take toward bringing it into your life.
4. Make your calendar with a date and time that you will bring each of
these joyful activities into your life.
Anxiety decreases the ability to engage with patients and decreases retention of information(Parrot, 1994)
“Nurses have to deal with a lot of heavy stuff….humor keeps us grounded and ready for more”.
“Nurses generally become a part of people’s lives during difficult times…humor should be incorporated into every healthcare setting as appropriate”
Will you incorporate humor into your nursing practice? How?
Benefits of Laughter:
…and laugh more this year!!!