Answer Key: Laughter

Lesson Plan:  The  (Much Needed) Healing Power of Laughter

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. enlightened |inˈlītndenˈlītnd| adjective having or showing a rational, modern, and well-informed outlook: the more enlightened employers offer better terms.
  2. Humor |ˈ(h)yo͞omər| (British humour) noun  the ability to express humor or make other people laugh: their inimitable brand of humor. 2 a mood or state of mind: her good humor vanished | the clash hadn’t improved his humor.
  3. cardiovascular |ˌkärdēōˈvaskyələr| adjective Medicine relating to the heart and blood vessels.
  4. turbulent |ˈtərbyələnt| adjective characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion; not controlled or calm: the country’s turbulent 20-year history | her turbulent emotions.
  5. belly laugh |ˈbelē ˌlaf| noun a loud, unrestrained laugh.
  6. resilient |rəˈzilyənt| adjective (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions: babies are generally far more resilient than new parents realize | the fish are resilient to most infections.
  7. deflate |dəˈflāt| verb • reduce the level of (an emotion or feeling): her anger was deflated.
  8. healing |ˈhēliNG| adjective tending to heal; therapeutic: a healing experience | the healing process. noun  the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again: the gift of healing.
  9. reaffirm|ˌrēəˈfərm| verb [reporting verb]  [with object] confirm the validity or correctness of (something previously established): the election reaffirmed his position as leader.
  10. humanity |(h)yo͞oˈmanədē|  noun  humaneness; benevolence: he praised them for their standards of humanity, care, and dignity.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary 

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 1-is

Having a good sense of humor is an excellent way to relieve stress.

II – 2-laugh

Dr. Miller prescribes one good belly laugh a day for his patients.

III -1-  are

Some kinds of joking are potentially destructive.

Identify The  Speakers

  1. Dr. Michael Miller, a cardiologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Humor is not just a distraction from the grim reality of the crisis, said  It’s a winning strategy to stay healthy in the face of it.”
  2. Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist at University College London. “…laughter has also been shown to reduce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline and increases the body’s uptake of the feel-good endorphins.”
  3. Dr. Gurinder Singh Bains of Loma Linda University. There also appear to be cognitive benefits from watching a funny video.”
  4. George Bonanno, a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University.“Perhaps most relevant today, possessing a sense of humor also helps people remain resilient in the face of adverse circumstances.”
  5. Paul Osincup, the president of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.  “Write down all of the most difficult and annoying things about quarantine…See if you can find any humor in your situation.”
  6. Megan Werner, a psychotherapist in private practice. During group therapy sessions, she has the teenage gang members she works with interact with “Irwin,” a life-size Halloween skeleton, to encourage them to confront their dangerous lifestyle head-on.”
  7. Mary Laskin, a nurse case-manager at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. “This pandemic is like a tiger creeping toward us, a huge slow-motion stressor that makes the experience of pain worse. Humor helps my patients relax and release their grip on pain,”