Laughter Is the Best Medicine: 7 Medical Puns to Get You Through the Day

Advance Health Education Center and MEDRelief Staffing would like to encourage you to take a moment to laugh this weekend for World Laughter Day and International Day of Happiness. Merriam-Webster defines Laugh as “to show emotion (such as mirth, joy, or scorn) with a chuckle or explosive vocal sound.” According to an article of the New York Times, laughter triggers the production of endorphins through the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which reduces stress and can relieve muscle tension.

Laughter uses different parts of the respiratory system and contracts the diaphragm, resulting in increased oxygen levels and blood flow. Some studies have even proven laughter can increase the number of antibodies and t-cells and can also reduce pain in the long run. Fake laughter will create the same effects because your body can’t tell the difference—the same muscles are being used, so it wouldn’t hurt to force a laugh at your coworkers’ cheesy jokes. We recommend watching your favorite comedy movie, binge all 8 seasons of Scrubs (we don’t talk about season 9), or watch funny cat videos on YouTube to keep your mood lifted. For those working this weekend, here are a few jokes we hope would bring some joy to you and your colleagues.

  1. Statistically, nine out of ten injections are in vein.
  2. Dogs can’t operate an MRI machine but CAT-scan.
  3. Coronavirus, the flu, and common cold walk into the room. I asked, “What is this? Some kind of sick joke?”
  4. Never lie to an X-ray technologist. They can see right through you.
  5. Why do nurses bring red markers to work? Just in case they need to draw blood.
  6. I tried playing hide and seek in the hospital, but they kept finding me in the ICU.
  7. A doctor was looking at a patient’s X-rays

Doctor: This is exactly what I was afraid of.

Patient: What is it, doctor?

Doctor: Skeletons.

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