According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter activates and relieves your stress response and can stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation. (Mayo Clinic, April 2016)
Laughter releases endorphins, hormones that can promote social bonding and encourage communal activities. (Medical News Today, June 2017)
Some research groups are studying how the usage of nostalgic environments may soothe patients in long-term care facilities. The work of one popular method has “much in common with improv comedy, following the same rules: Never say no to the reality you’re given; say ‘Yes, and,’ building on whatever the other person said; don’t ask questions.” (The New Yorker, October 2018).
Humor care can be as effective as some drugs in managing agitation in dementia patients, according to Australian research. (HealthDay, 2011)
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