Presented by: Karen Fink, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, LMT, CLL
In our stress-filled work and personal lives, health professionals are called to promote self-care. As we fill our mind, body, and spirits, we can be present as the instrument of healing for our clients and colleagues. Evidence supports the use of laughter in many forms to promote health, physiological benefits, positive effects on the mood and emotions, building of community, increasing self-efficacy, enhancing patient care, and improving quality of life. Gelotology, is the study of laughter and links with the fields of psychoneuroimmunology and positive psychology and shines a light on “simulated laughter” versus “spontaneous laughter.
This presentation is a combination of didactic, experiential laughter exercises, group collaboration, and reflection on the holistic self-care, in the context of Pender’s Health Promotion Model. Participants will formulate a self-care plan/contract and an action plan to disseminate the knowledge, techniques, and skills to their client/patient population and peers.