Southern California based, Certified Humor Professional and Recreation and Humor Therapist Roberta Gold’s Laughter for the Health of it programs for hospitals, healthcare organizations and nursing associations was developed as the result of studies such as those conducted by the American Psychological Association. Specifically, research has begun to clearly illustrate that:
“..researchers have known that behavioral and psychological events can influence the immune system. But now new research shows that the immune system sends signals to the brain “that potently alter neural activity and thereby alter everything that flows from neural activity, mainly behavior, thought and mood,” said Maier, professor of psychology at the University of Colorado.
In a real, true sense, stress makes you physically sick,” explained Maier. “In addition, many of the changes over time in mood and cognition from day to day are driven by events in the immune system of which we are unaware.”
In addition, the emerging science of studies in the field of psychoneuroimmunology reinforce these findings. Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), is defined as:
Health care today is not what it was ten years ago. Today’s market is ever changing, with managed care and health care reform; hospitals are in a mode of constant change. This can add extra stress to the already stressful job of patient care. The effects of these changes are felt at every level, from the housekeeping staff to the CEO, and most of all to the patient. Health care is complicated and very competitive. In order to stay on top you have to have an edge, something that will make people remember you and want to use you, as well as recommend your services to others.
Laughter for the Health of it can offer a way to help satisfy everyone and give that something extra people want and come to expect. Training for employees and management will help them reduce stress and increase productivity. Learn ways to make coming to work a pleasure instead of just a paycheck. Learn techniques for direct patient care staff on how to use appropriate humor with their patients.
As an employee of several mental health facilities, Roberta had the pleasure of working hands-on with a variety of patients and unfortunately, of seeing the burnout of many staff who also work directly with patient care. She knows how humor and a positive attitude help prevent this effect.
Roberta could be your resource for utilizing Humor Therapy for staff as well as starting a Humor Therapy program for clients. With the first hand experience of creating Humor Rooms and Humor Carts, or conducting workshops, or consulting on a regular, on-going basis. Laughter for the Health of it could also be used as a marketing tool and sent to referral sources to provide programs for their staff or clients.
Laughter for the Health of it focuses on laughter and humor since these are the most universal and visible forms of positive emotions that human beings can express. The importance of being able to laugh in the face of stressful and challenging situations such as those often present in hospitals, medical organizations, and the healthcare field as a whole, is gaining worldwide recognition. We know conclusively that we cannot change a situation we find ourselves in, nor can we change another person or their behavior. But we do have control over how we choose to look at life, and response to stressors.
There is humor in most situations. If you can identify it, and bring it to light, you can begin to cope with stress brought about as the result of your work in demanding fields such as healthcare that create stress in your life. This is crucial because stress is linked to so many health related issues. Laughter for the Health of it, can help you to find your own “Humor Bone” and use it to reduce stress, and enjoy a healthier life.