Late one fall evening, Marcus Engel, a freshman in college, was on his way home from a hockey game. He never made it home. A drunk driver, traveling twice the legal speed limit, plowed into the side of the vehicle Marcus was in.
When he awoke to a world he would never again see, Marcus faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles: survive hundreds of hours of reconstructive facial surgery, adapt to blindness and find happiness in a world changed forever. It is our honor and privilege to talk with Marcus, author of I’m Here: Compassionate Communication in Patient Care, and amazing motivational speaker.
JNJ: Reading through your book, Marcus, it seems that there are two clear messages that you’d like to share with nurses. The first is that little things – gestures, conversations, a quiet moment — can mean so much. The second is really a call to remembrance: a directive to hold onto the fact that patients are people too. (more…)
Happiness expert, world renowned author of several books, including Shift Happens! and the forthcoming Be Happy, Dr. Robert Holden is the founder of The Happiness Project. He is one of the pioneers and innovators in the field of positive psychology, and is dedicated to helping people realize their own authentic success.
Robert recently joined the JNJ team to discuss what happiness truly is, and how we can all enjoy more happiness in our personal lives.
JNJ: Let’s begin right at the beginning. Your work is so well known. I’m very curious about how you got started and what drew you to this work. How did you become an expert on happiness? (more…)
“You’ve absolutely got to have a sense of humor if you’re a nurse.” So says Dave Barry, renowned humor columnist and author of countless funny books, including Boogers are My Beat. He joined us recently for a discussion about health care, humor, and what makes us laugh. (more…)
Pam Wener is a certified Laughter Leader with Radiant Laughter. Laughter leaders are trained to share the many benefits of laughter with others, helping them tap into the power of laughter to improve circulation, strengthen the immune system and elevate the spirit. The JNJ team was thrilled to talk with Pam about her work and sharing laughter with patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
JNJ: Laughter has so many benefits for our patients. But there are benefits for the caregiver – nurses and family members – as well. (more…)
“I believe that everyone has a sense of humor. In some of this, that sense of humor was nourished and supported by our families. In others, that may not be the case.” Mary Kay Morrison is an expert on humor and education, and was recently the co-chair of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor’s wildly successful conference, The Biology of Hope. “I like to compare developing your sense of humor with physical fitness: it’s something we have to work at until it becomes so natural it’s an everyday part of our lives.” (more…)