Friday, January 29, 2010

Laughter as Therapy

In order to retain their licenses, nurses have to take continuing education classes. Once I took a class titled, “Laugh! Jest for the Health of it: Therapeutic Benefits of Humor. I actually got credit for this hysterical class. It was taught by a nurse who was a certified clown. Here is one of the quotes from her handouts: "The arrival of a good clown exercises a more beneficial influence on the health of a town than twenty asses laden with drugs.” - Thomas Sydenham, philosopher from the Middle Ages.

An ass laden with drugs – that’s what I was when I was on hep C treatment. Perhaps I should have tried some clowning around first?

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