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  • “For practitioners to implement credible programs and effectively teach self-management techniques, further empirical research on the physical, psychosocial, debonafide [sic], and placebo effects of humor and laughter needs to be conducted”
    (MacDonald CM. A chuckle a day keeps the doctor away: therapeutic humor and laughter. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2004;42(3):18–25)
    “The most positive claim that researchers seem willing to make is that “current research indicates that using humor is well accepted by the public and is frequently used as a coping mechanism. However, the scientific evidence of the benefits of using humor on various health related outcomes still leaves many questions unanswered.”
    (Bennett MP, Lengacher CA. Humor and laughter may influence health. I. History and background. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2006;3(1):61–3.)
    “The relationship between humor and health is a complex one. Groucho Marx once noted that ‘A clown is like an aspirin, only he works twice as fast.’ Patch Adams, the founder of the Gesundheit community, where laughter therapy is a daily medical routine, would no doubt agree. Both men, to do their work, require a community—the former as an audience and the latter to magnify the power of the healing response. After all, half of the fun in laughter, as well as healing, is sharing it.”
    (Balick MJ, Lee R. The role of laughter in traditional medicine and its relevance to the clinical setting: healing with ha! Altern Ther Health Med. 2003;9(4):88–91)
    „Medical practitioners could begin to help patients get more laughter in their lives. Following the announcement of a study of the benefits of laughter on endothelial function,Dr Michael Miller, one of the study’s authors, said he envisioned a time when physicians might recommend that everyone get 15 to 20 minutes of laughter in a day in the same way they recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise. Although physicians’ advice about health-promoting behaviour might have a limited effect in some cases, it can certainly be a catalyst for change."
    (Miller M, Mangano C, Park Y, Goel R, Plotnick GD, Vogel RA. Impact of cinematic viewing on endothelial function. Heart. 2006;92(2):261–2; Eden KB, Orleans CT, Mulrow CD, Pender NJ, Teutsch SM. Does counseling by clinicians improve physical activity? A summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(3):208–15; Kreuter MW, Chheda SG, Bull FC. How does physician advice influence patient behavior? Evidence for a priming effect. Arch Fam Med. 2000;9(5):426–33)
    ”Yet, research might not be ready and able to measure and understand the complexities of how laughter works, particularly when laughter occurs in a group environment, such as laughter clubs. “The prevailing medical paradigm has no capacity to incorporate the concept that a relationship is a physiologic process, as real and as potent as any pill or surgical procedure.”
    (Lewis T, Amini F, Lannon R. A general theory of love. New York, NY: Random House; 2000. pp. 80–1.)
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