Humor And Healing

Robert Fettgather
2 min readFeb 18, 2024

Robert Fettgather, Ph.D. is a counselor, educator, writer and activist residing in Grass Valley, California. He holds a doctorate in psychology and master degrees in both psychology and education. Robert Fettgather’s writings have been published in the Transactional Analysis Journal (Translated to French per the Centre Pour La Formationet L’intervention Psycho-Sociologiques), Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, and Lifelong Learning

This essay explores the therapeutic effects of laughter and humor, shedding light on their profound impact on individual and collective health. These are stressful times. Humor serves as a powerful antidote to stress, activating the relaxation response and lowering cortisol levels. Chronic stress can have detrimental effects on the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to illnesses. Laughter, however, acts as a natural stress reliever, promoting a positive mood and enhancing the immune system. Research suggests that a hearty laugh can increase immune cells and antibodies, providing a protective shield against infections.

Laughter is a social activity that fosters connections between individuals. Shared laughter creates a sense of unity and strengthens social bonds, promoting a supportive and positive community. In group settings, laughter can diffuse tension, enhance communication, and create a more collaborative and cohesive environment. A community that shares humor is likely to experience improved collective well-being.

On a psychological and emotional level, humor serves as a coping mechanism and promotes resilience. As we navigate the complexities of life, embracing laughter and humor may just be the remedy we need for a healthier and more fulfilling existence!

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Robert Fettgather
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Dr. Robert Fettgather holds a PhD in psychology, master’s degrees in psychology and special education, and a bachelor of arts in psychology.