GeneFo to Host Free Webinar on Humor and Laughter for Symptom Management

GeneFo to Host Free Webinar on Humor and Laughter for Symptom Management
GeneFo will be hosting a webinar next week by Yvonne deSousa, a chronic patient and humorist, to teach patients how to integrate humor into their daily lives as a way of coping with chronic fibromyalgia. The free webinar will take place at 1 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2017. Interested individuals can register here to attend the live online event or to receive a video recording of the event by email. Despite the continuing increase in medicines to treat or help manage pain in patients with fibromyalgia, there can still be pain and stress associated with living with a chronic condition. Multiple studies have shown that a patient’s emotional state can affect their health and the ensuing course or outcome of their disease. Therefore, researchers have investigated whether mood-altering alternatives, such as implementing humor and laughter, can help control symptoms, decrease pain, and increase a patient's quality of life. Interestingly, in a recent study conducted on fibromyalgia patients, 75 percent reported that sometimes laughing works as well as pills in reducing pain symptoms. Reflecting this observation, GeneFo is hosting an online lecture to help guide chronic disease patients and provide advice on “how to find ‘the funny’, de-stress and enjoy a good laugh.” The lecture will teach patients how adding humor to everyday life can help better manage symptoms, improve emotional well-being, and the ability to cope and manage social and work interactions related to the disease. There is a scientific basis for laughter providing a benefit to human health, as it has been shown to improve immunological and endocrinological responses, increased pain tolerance, and
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