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The Beneficial Effect Of Laughter On Your Health

I stumbled upon the article ‘Laughter: gender-specific variations’ in Revista Clínica Española (‘Spanish Clinical Journal’) and I can’t help thinking about the need for taking this into account to improve doctor-patient relationships. The text can actually be read as a guide to understand how every person laughs and how to use it in clinical practice.

Table 1. Laughter effect on health

Physiological Psychological
Excercise and relaxe muscles Reduce stress and depression/anxiety symptoms
Improve respiration Boost state of mind, self-esteem, hope, energy
Lower stress hormone levels Improve memory, creative thinking and problem-solving skills
Stimulate blood circulation Improve social interaction
Boost immune system Increase cooperation, solidarity and teamwork
Elevate pain threshold and endurance Promote psychological well-being
Improve neurological function Improve doctor-patient relationship and quality of life
Increase contagious laughter

Just take a look a the abstract: “Contrary to other high-cost therapies, laughter can be easily implemented and prove cost-effective in daily clinical practice”.

So why is pulling a long face still such a popular attitude in our medical staff?

* This post was originally published in Spanish at Salud con costs *

*This blog post was originally published at Diario Medico*


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