Laughter In A Health Care Setting

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Humour is often found in a health care setting being used by both the nurses and the clients. Although in such a setting humour may seem unacceptable at times many positive effects have been found with the use of humour. The health care setting can be a stressful place whether a nurse or a client. Although individuals often have no control over stressful events that happen in their lives, they have a choice in how they respond to those events.

Laughter has many benefits on an individual; it can improve the immune system, pain, cardiovascular and respiratory function (McCreaddie & Wiggins, 2008). It strengthens the respiratory system, it creases the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, it increases the heart rate and accelerates breathing
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