This week I did a presentation and facilitated a Laughter Workshop for http://www.nacthpc.org.uk/ (National Association Of Complementary Therapists In Hospice And Palliative Care) at a meeting at Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds. Running regular laughter sessions at Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield can be challenging with the varying degrees of abilities but so, so hugely rewarding. Laughter has enormous benefits for those with chronic illness and their carers and not forgetting the staff and volunteers that support them too. The focus being on uplifting emotions, connection, relieving the stresses and anxieties that come with having a chronic, life limiting illness and the opportunity to release any painful emotions through laughter. Not forgetting improving sleep, strengthening the immune system and diffuse tension. Of course, there are many other benefits too which are an added bonus.
Here is an abstract on a publishes article in NCBI on “Humor and laughter in palliative care: an ethnographic investigation.”