The Effects Of Humor At The Cellular Level And On The Immune System

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One definition of humor is "that which lends itself to laughing, smiling or amusement" (Davis-Evans, 2013). The effects of humor at the cellular level and on the immune system report positive effects on physical and mental health (Davis-Evans, 2013). Humor in nursing is about nurses relating to patients. There 's a bond created between people that laugh together, a bond when one makes another smile. Research suggests that laughter increases pain tolerance; improves respiration and breathing; improves mental functioning, including alertness, creativity a memory; and decreases muscle tension (Davis-Evans, 2013). These benefits can be short term and/or long term. Laughing can be compared to a mild workout, it increases circulation, decreases blood pressure and stress hormones, improves sleep patterns (Thaik, 2014). In this setting there can be an anxious tension. There is a feeling of TENSION in many patients, clients, aunts, uncles, niece 's nephews, grandparents, and neighbors going to their medical checkup, surgery, or in emergency situations. Seeking medical assessment and treatment to understand their current situation they are people seeking help from other people they trust. They look to confirm their health or better their condition. It is the nurses JOB to help address the patients concerns from a professional caring well learned POINT OF VIEW. The patients depend on the nurse accurate in their assessment. The patients may also need more than assessment, diagnosis, a plan of treatment and evaluation. The patients may need a feeling of ease before they leave or as they continue their stay in their particular healthcare setting. A patient may not always be susceptible to humor or need it at the moment, but if they may need it... ... middle of paper ... feel like you are both on the same page and that you take their feelings seriously as well as their medical concern. Patients may use their funny stories to EASE the pain of their fractured leg showing that their leg may be broken but their spirit is not (Snow, 1936). Being a receptive nurse, one can sit and listen, laugh out loud keeping the mood lighter, and actively by telling a joke: “A man walks into a Doctors. He has a cucumber up his nose, a carrot in his left ear and a banana in his right ear. "What 's the matter with me?" he asked. "You 're not eating properly." replied the Doctor.” (Lopez, 2011) Similar to the experiences of the nursing student, a receptive patient can use humor in their daily lives to relieve apprehension about situations they encounter such as vocalizing a new medical with their healthcare provider (Story, Butts, Fart, Readon, 2010).

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