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What’s So Funny About Nursing?

Happy Nurses Week!

I hope you’ve been having the best Nurses’ Week ever. It’s been great to see a really healthy amount of humor as part of Nurses Week celebrations this year. Some of the best stuff I’ve seen has been on SomeeCards – go check it out, and if you see one that would make your favorite nurse laugh right out loud, send it to them. It’s free, and the gift of humor is one that will make your friend happier and healthier.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I have to admit to liking, “Happy Nurses Week to all the nurses with friends too cheap to go to the doctor!” Raise your hand if you know more about your closest friend’s gastrointestinal system than you ever hoped to. And people are really willing to stretch the definition of friend when they need medical advice…if they went to the same high school you did, t(*cough*) years ago and haven’t seen each other since, that’s a close enough connection to solicit your opinion of their small bowel resection!

As nurses, using humor is one of the best things we can do to help each other – and ourselves – be happier, healthier people. Laughter is an all-natural way to control stress, keep blood pressure low, and improve your energy levels. Whether you’re the air traffic control in a world of frequent fliers or facing another day with Dr. Crankypants, laughter provides the emotional resiliency nurses need to hang in there.

Learn more by reading What’s So Funny About… Nursing?: A Creative Approach to Celebrating Your Profession. It makes a great Nurses Day gift for the nurses you work with everyday – or for yourself!

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What’s So Funny About Diabetes? Now Available on Amazon!

PhotobucketIt’s the most wonderful time of the year – no, not the time we get to break into Santa’s stash of sugar-free candy canes (although that’s pretty awesome too!) It’s book release season! I’m super excited to tell you that my latest book, What’s So Funny About Diabetes? A Creative Approach to Coping With Your Disease is now available!

What’s so funny about diabetes?

Maybe nothing. Then again, maybe everything.

Especially if you understand the premise that so much of our humor comes from pain and discomfort—our own, or somebody else’s. And let’s face it; if you’re a diabetic, you’ve got more than your fair share of pain and discomfort.

Currently one in 10 US adults has diabetes, but those numbers could go as high as 1 in 3 by the year 2050. A long-term solution can only come from getting people to change their lifestyles: better diets, exercise and coping mechanisms to deal with this serious illness.

The good news: Humor and laughter have been shown scientifically to have positive benefits for diabetic patients. Laughter has been shown to lower blood glucose in diabetics, as well as decrease hormones that can be harmful. Humor is recognized as a healthy coping mechanism. And humor has also been proven to increase the retention of information.

For these reasons, and more, author Karyn Buxman has written the first in a series of books for patients with chronic illness: What’s So Funny About Diabetes? When you’re a diabetic, you need to arm yourself with all the tools that you possibly can to become the healthiest person that you can be. You need a large repertoire of skills. Humor isn’t the be-all, end all; it’s not meant to replace your medical regime, but rather to be a complement to all the efforts you’re already making.

Now Karyn Buxman shows you how you can strategically use humor everyday to better manage your diabetes and live a healthier and happier life. And you don’t need to be funny. You just need to be able to see funny.

“If we took what we now know about laughter and bottled it, it would require FDA approval,” says psychoneuroimmunologist, Dr. Lee Berk. The perfect gift for yourself or someone you love, this book is filled with wise, witty, and life-saving advice. Whether you are a diabetic, a pre-diabetic, or the cheerleader for a diabetic, there is something in this book for you.

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But I’m Not Funny!

You don’t have to BE funny to SEE funny — which is great news if you’re searching for a nursing job. The health benefits of humor manifest no matter the source of the laughter! One way to take advantage of this fact is to be a humor collector.

A humor collector pays attention, keeping a watchful eye for the funny side of life. You never know where humor may surprise you. It could be the little sign on the Labor & Delivery door that says Push. Push. Push. It could be the old man who shushes you at the bowling alley, telling you he needs to hear a pin drop. It could be the funny picture you found posted on your friend’s Facebook.

Save those moments. Collect them! Some people do this with a journal or blog — If I find a funny news story, I Tweet* about it so the people who follow me can share in the humor as well. One quip, funny story, or funny cat picture at a time, you can accumulate quite a bit of funny stuff. Accumulation is important. You want to be able to return to the things that made you laugh on those occasions when you, like everyone else, gets discouraged. A humor collection is a valuable resource to shore up sagging morale, boost your spirits, and sometimes, just keep you going out there another day.

Best of all, unlike many other collectibles, humor is free. There’s no price tag on laughter. You can build a great collection without spending a dime, simply by being in the moment and open to the humor that happens all around us, each and every day.

*Twitter Users check out @NurseTogether @KarynBuxman; @FunnyNurse,

Yours in laughter!

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