A DIGITALLY ENHANCED PHOTOGRAPH TITLED; “LAUGHTER TABLETS - EFFECTIVE MISERY RELIEF” – AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE HEALTH PROMOTION INITIATIVE
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To ascertain from delegates at the International Union for Health Promotion and Education [IUHPE2022] conference and from participants at a photographic exhibition whether they considered that this photographic idea conveyed the message that laughter is good medicine and whether they consider alternative sustainable options such as laughter therapy where there is evidence. A literature search review was conducted using the PubMed MeSH Browser; "Laughter"[Mesh] AND "Laughter Therapy"[Mesh]. A photograph that was taken was digitally modified/enhanced with Adobe Photoshop. It shows a Doctor’s prescription pad and some round chocolates with a smiling/ laughing mouth that have fallen from a medicine bottle. On the bottle, it says; Laughter tablets – effective misery relief. A link to a typeform survey gave some people access to a brief survey while others were given paper surveys. The results of the literature review were that 56 results were retrieved. Seven people completed the short typeform or paper survey. Everyone considered that alternative sustainable options such as laughter medicine, yoga, pilates, or other non-medicine-related modalities should be considered where there is evidence in support of benefit. The majority of respondents considered that the photographic idea very much conveyed the message that laughter is good medicine.
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