GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) It’s been said laughter is the best medicine, but there may be more to that. Dr. James Fahner, division chief for hematology and oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, says laughter has powerful healing power.
Laughter has been noted to release positive endorphins, stimulate and strengthen the immune system, and stabilize blood vessels. Medical researchers and experts may disagree on the mechanism, but few can argue with the results laughter makes you feel so much better.
Laughter is a common language that brings people together at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. It gets people through difficult days of sad diagnoses and energizes and focuses them on the common purpose of caring for children and families.
Dr. Fahner says despite the intensity and emotionally demanding environment of the children’s hospital, it is impossible to go very long without hearing–or sharing–the reassuring and normalizing sound of laughter coming from patients, families, and staff.