Health care professionals learn stress reduction through laughter

Stress is America’s No. 1 health problem, according to the World Health Organization. Seventy-five percent of Americans report feeling stressed at work, and those who work in stressful environments, like health care professionals, may face even higher levels of stress.

Health care professionals will learn the secrets to successfully managing stress and rejuvenating their body and mind on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the 21st annual Strategies: Educational Excellence for Health Care Providers at the Nittany Lion Inn. Keynote speaker and humor consultant, Joe Cardone will demonstrate the importance of laughter as a stress reliever and its positive effects in the workplace.

“Laughter and a keen sense of humor are empowerment tools,” said Cardone. “They are important for facing daily and routine problems that are often threats on both mind and body. If we can use our sense of humor when facing a problem, we have reduced the threat of that problem on us physically and mentally.”

Most health care professionals understand the importance of their jobs and work to ensure the safety of their patients at all times. To deal with the stress of acting and thinking quickly on their feet, many in the health care industry know the power of comic relief.

“Laughing at yourself is important because then you can relieve the tension you feel,” said Jackie Soltis, RN and OBGYN Supervisor at Mount Nittany Hospital. “You’re then able to go back to how you started the day -- fresh.”

The keynote speech, Mind and Body Rejuvenation through Humor (Sense of Humor for Quality of Life), will include discussion on attitude, humor skills to relieve stress, the comedic formula and the value of learning to have a sense of humor.

Cardone is familiar with the stresses of health care. A former comedian and educator, Cardone works as a volunteer at St. Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ helping doctors, nurses and patients to alleviate tensions felt in a hospital setting.

Cardone hopes health care professionals in attendance will come away from his presentation understanding laughter is a natural stress reliever; laughter and a sense of humor are social lubricants in our relationship with others; and, laughter has a positive impact on both body and mind.

Information about the conference is available here online, at http://www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/strategies-for-excellence.

Penn State Conferences plans and manages more than 300 programs each year, with enrollments of nearly 45,000. Conferences is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

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Emily Pasi

Last Updated November 03, 2011