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CHI Memorial looks to laughter for health benefits

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff

Some say laughter is the best medicine. CHI St.Luke's Memorial Hospital in Livingston is putting that saying to the test.

The hospital hosted it's first ever laugh cafe. The event was hosted by surgeon Frank Walker. On most days Walker can be found using robotic technology to perform surgeries in Lufkin and Livingston. Walker said he has found laughter also helps with patients' medical statuses.

"The positive thing I push about medicine is what you can bring to the table," Walker said. "A lot of people think you can automatically make things better but you have to work with it," Walker said.

Walker told the crowd that laughter is like anything else; you have to work at it.

"It is kind of counter intuitive that you have to work at laughter but you do," Walker said. "By working at laughter you improve at it and it is a positive for your health."

According to Walker, by laughing, you increase the amount of oxygen your brain takes in which means you can have increased brain activity and a better immune system.

Walker said over the years he has become a pro at laughing. He said as a child it did not take long to start practicing.

"If they made fun of me I had to laugh with them or laugh at them. so I learned very early on if I could laugh at everything I was on top of anything," Walker said.

The event was considered a success by those in attendance and the hospital staff said they will look at doing more in the future.

"It's just a way to start the day off with friends, have a cup of coffee and pick up a little humor," attendee Ben Ogletree said.

For those that came out it was a chance to meet new people and share a good laugh.

"We have a lot of people here with many, many problems and we just need to keep laughing," Nina Dobyns said.

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