Healing With Humor: It's Actual Science. “Laughter is the best medicine.” How many times have you heard that one? It’s easy to associate the concept with wooden signs at craft stores and captions on Instagram pages. But in reality, this is actual science. Healing with humor is real, and it works.
Understanding the Mind - Body Connection
Thanks to the mind-body connection, when you laugh, your brain actually starts to produce chemicals that give you more energy, lowers your stress, improves your heart’s ability to work efficiently, and most importantly, helps you make sense out of the emotions you’re experiencing.
Understanding the Power of the Human Connection
The power of humor goes beyond even just our emotional capacity. It has proven in scientific studies to decrease stress, muscular tension, and even physical pain. So when we say “healing through humor”, it’s not a light hearted tip of the hat to funny skits that provide a fleeting moment of joy. We’re talking about a real way that veterans can heal from pain, suffering, and trauma. We did a series recently at VET Tv called Veterans Laughing Together that is showcases just how effective humor can be in the healing process.
If you want to see living proof of the correlation between humor and mental health, look no further than our interview with Dr. Michael Terry.
Introducing Dr. Terry
Dr. Terryis a Clinical Professor and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 50 years of experience in the mental health field, particularly with post-secondary trauma and PTSD.
He is also a former clown. Yes, a clown. He explains the way his experiences with humor tie into his experiences in mental health.