I recently appeared on an afternoon program before a group of nurses with Dr. Sharon Yoder --- an expert on the healing properties of humor. According to Dr. Yoder, many hospitals now have Humor Rooms which patients visit soon after their operations. Laughing at old time Laurel and Hardy movies activates some healing chemical in their bodies, and they go home three days earlier than anyone ever thought possible.
The following week Dr. Hall was enthusiastically telling me about unbelievable doings at our own Pen Bay Medical Center. "We can't believe it," he exclaimed. "People are putting on their clothes and going home from the hospital three days earlier than we ever thought possible."
"You've got one of those new humor rooms," I said knowingly.
"No, we doubled the room rates."