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 (Lubinska-Welch, 2015). 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 (Mora-Ripoll, 2010). 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” (Chang, C., Tsai, G., & Hsieh, C., 2103). 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.
- Participants will be able to explain the process of simulated laughter, evidence-based concepts and benefits of laughter.
- Participants will be able to discuss their abilities, barriers, self-efficacy, and sources of internal/external support in incorporating laughter therapy in their self-care regimens, in the context of Pender’s Health Promotion Model.
- Participants will be able to design a customized group laughter session, acting first as a participant and then as a novice laughter leader, as well as design laughter self-care plans and self-care contracts.
- Participants will be able to design action plans for incorporating laughter therapy into their practice and will contract with a peer to follow up in 1 month to discuss the success of their action plans.