Laughter is the best medicine (by: Sara Walker)

Behavioral medicine is a field that uses both psychological and medicinal treatment of disease.  

In this clip, Patch Adams is a doctor who uses laughter (a psychological mechanism) and medicine to treat the children in the hospital.  In this clip, he makes the children laugh to help them get better.  Patch believes that “laughter boosts the immune system and helps the body fight off disease, cancer cells as well as viral, bacterial and other infections. Being happy is the best cure of all diseases!” Patch Adams uses behavioral medicine to cure his patients.

  1. #1 by yellowgirl28 on June 5, 2012 - 10:55 AM

    I really enjoyed this clip and agree completely with this concept. I have heard that when you laugh your brain releases some chemical to your body that can lengthen your life. Whether that is true or not, I definitely believe that laughter and being happy creates huge benefits physically and mentally and makes it easier to recover from illness and stay healthy.

    Liz Ammons

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