For patients in tough situations,
sometimes the best thing is Humour


Daily Life, Humour, Laughter


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When i was studing to become a nurse and now some 20 years later is still ask my patients: “How are you doing?”. One day a young woman replied “I’m killin’ it !!”. “Killin’ it?” I echoed. “Yeah—I’m killin’ it, because otherwise, it’s killin’ me,” the woman replied. This exchange set the tone for my nurse-patient relationship for the next few days. Even as Icould see the side effects of chemo setting in, this woman kept up their inside joke, feeding an easy sense of trust between us.

Humour: an Antidote for Stress – Part 2


Daily Life, Humour, Theoretics


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Humour is a quality of perception that enables us to experience joy even when faced with adversity. Stress is an adverse condition during which we may experience tension or fatigue, feel unpleasant emotions, and sometimes develop a sense of hopelessness or futility. Nurses work in stress-filled environments that place demands upon their physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

Humour: an Antidote for Stress – Part 1


Daily Life, Humour, Theoretics


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Humour is a quality of perception that enables us to experience joy even when faced with adversity. Stress is an adverse condition during which we may experience tension or fatigue, feel unpleasant emotions, and sometimes develop a sense of hopelessness or futility. Nurses work in stress-filled environments that place demands upon their physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

Practise with a Smile


Healing, Humour, Laughter, Patients


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Humour is thought to serve a wide range of positive functions in health care. This includes providing comfort to patients and reducing anxiety in difficult situations, serving as a means of raising difficult topics that might otherwise be taboo, offering an outlet for negative emotions such as frustration and anger, enhancing working relationships by relieving interpersonal tension and challenging and maintaining the structure of professional relationships.

Humour & Healing


Healing, Humour, Theoretics


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If we do not address the heart, help to support the spirit and coping elements of the patient, we may ‘heal’ a short term medical problem but have ignored the patients emotional resolve to have long term success. When things don’t go the way we expect, we have to laugh! If you go into a patient room to do the initial assessment, you want to be sure to assess the entire patient. In documenting the assessments, a clock model is used to reference the location of wounds, scars, devices etc. An actual clock does not work with only one hand nor does the body work without key body parts. If we do not address the heart, help to support the spirit and coping elements of the patient, we may ‘heal’ a short term medical problem but have ignored the patients emotional resolve to have long term success. Socrates knew his …

How to Be Naturally Funny


Daily Life, Humour, Jokes, Way of Life


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People who are naturally funny in social situations experience many benefits. Numerous studies have shown that humor reduces social anxiety, helps to ease tension, and has a number of positive emotional and psychological effects. In addition, it has been shown that funny people may be more successful. However, it is important that being funny comes across naturally in a laid-back and spontaneous fashion. Having humor come across as forced and awkward can have a negative impact upon social situations.