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Laughter, mental health and cancer: a case study of Ros Ben-Moshe

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posted on 2023-04-21, 02:56 authored by Rosalind Ben-MosheRosalind Ben-Moshe, Freda Gonot-Schoupinsky

Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to meet Ros Ben-Moshe, a cancer survivor – or rather thriver – and lecturer in positive psychology at La Trobe University, describes how she uses laughter to boost levity and mental health. Design/methodology/approach – This case study is divided into two parts: an autoethnographic life story of Ros Ben-Moshe, followed by 10 questions and answers. Findings – Regular laughter is an enjoyable way to stimulate the feel-good chemicals dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins. A laughter mindset is an important tool for overall wellbeing. It can help build connections and re-frame negative situations. Research limitations/implications – This is a personal narrative and gives the perspective of one person who harnessed the benefits of laughter following a cancer diagnosis. Practical implications – Laughter can be used strategically to reset our internal mindset and prime ourselves towards optimal mental health and wellbeing, even while struggling with serious health issues. Research into how and when to prescribe laughter for mental health and overall wellbeing is therefore of interest. Social implications – Social laughter is important and rewarding. For those anxious about social laughter, finding people to laugh with who do not judge you is recommended, as are affirmations to lessen anxiety. Originality/value – To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first case study and interview with a cancer survivor on the topic of laughter, cancer and mental health 


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