Humor for Healing

Laughter Truly is

the Best Medicine 

Studies declare the psychological healing aspects of humor.


Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, conflict, and depression. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded and focused.


With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.


Laughter is good for your health:

·       Laughter relaxes the whole body - a good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.

·       Laughter boosts the immune system - laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

·       Laughter triggers the release of endorphins - the body's natural feel good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

·       Laughter protect the heart - Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.


One of the most unforgetable movies was the Robin Williams portrayal of Patch Adams check out the real Patch Adams in a video on this Gesundheit Institute website link  
Humor for Healing  - a therapeutic approach

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                                                                              Doctor Doctor 
Doctor, Doctor I think I'm invisible. Yes I can see you're not all there. 
Doctor, Doctor No one believes me. What's the real reason you came here?
Doctor, Doctor Everyone keeps ignoring me. Next Please 
Doctor, Doctor I feel like a spoon. Well sit there and don't stir. 
Doctor, Doctor I think I'm a bell. Take these and give me a ring in the morning. 
Doctor, Doctor Can I have a second opinion? Of course! Come back tomorrow. 
Doctor, Doctor I have a split personality. Well the two of you please sit down

Mental Health Test 
During a visit to Dorothea Dix Hospital, Guy asked the Director what the criterion was that defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

'Well,' said the Director, 'we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.'

'Oh, I understand,' said Guy. 'A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or teacup.
'No.' said the Director, 'A normal person would pull the plug. . . . . would you like a bed near the window?'

Two Psychiatrists
Two psychiatrists in Cherry Hospital were walking down a hall. One turned to the other and said, "Good Morning." The other one thought, "I wonder what he meant by that."

If nothing sticks to Teflon how do they get Teflon to stick to the pan? Why do Drive-Thru ATMs have braille on them? Why do we drive on the Parkway and park on the Driveway? Psychiatrist says to his nurse, "Please only say we're busy, don't say it's a madhouse in here. There is no cure for being normal.

Feeling Guilty
Sheri, the pert and pretty nurse took her troubles to a resident psychiatrist in the hospital where she worked. "Doctor, you must help me," she pleaded. "It's gotten so that every time I date one of the young doctors here, I end up sleeping with him. And then afterward, I feel guilty and depressed for a week.""I see," nodded the psychiatrist. "And you, no doubt, want me to strengthen your will power and resolve in this matter." "NO!!!" exclaimed the nurse. "I want you to fix it so I won't feel guilty and depressed afterward!"

Manic Depression 
The psychology instructor had just finished a lecture on mental health and was giving an oral test.
Speaking specifically about manic depression, she asked, "How would you diagnose a patient who walks back and forth screaming at the top of his lungs one minute, then sits in a chair weeping uncontrollably the next?"

A young man in the rear raised his hand and answered, "A Wolfpack basketball coach?"

Absurd Knock-knocks
Knock knock, who's there? Boo. Boo who? Don't cry it's only a joke. 
Knock knock, who's there? Repeat. Repeat who? who who who who who - Knock knock, who's there? Hoo. Hoo Who? What are you an owl? 
Knock knock, who's there? Police. Police who? Police stop telling me these awful knock knock jokes. 
Knock knock. Come on in the door's open!

Opposite of Woe
The aspiring psychiatrists were attending their first class on emotional extremes. "Just to establish some parameters," said the professor to the student from Arkansas, "What is the opposite of joy?" "Sadness," said the student. And the opposite of depression?" he asked of the young lady from Oklahoma. "Elation," said she. "And you sir," he said to the young man from Texas, "how about the opposite of woe?"The Texan replied, "Sir, I believe that would be giddy-up."

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