Posted by: Idioma Extra | September 27, 2010

Monday´s News

“Risoterapia” Used At Costa Rica’s Cervantes Hospital To Heal Patients


Risoterapia or Laugh Therapy is the latest tool being used by the Hospital Blanco Cervantes in San José. The director of the state geriatric hospital decided to adopt the therapy following a visit by Patch Adams almost two years ago.

The program, with the support of a group of specialists, went into practice last week and although there are no figures to measure the results, it has proven to cheer the spirits of the patients, including the mood of the hospital staff.

Risoterapia uses laughter to heal or at least make patients feel better, helping them out of depression or anguish.

Why laugh?

Experts say that healthy, non-ridiculing and connecting laughter provides physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits you probably never realized or imagined. We are born with the gift of laughter – it’s being serious that we learn.

So, learn to laugh, and live, all over again.
Here are just three reasons to laugh…. and keep laughing:
1. It strengthens your immune system.
2. It makes your cheeks sore.
3. It actually increases your intellectual performance and boosts information retention.

Laughter…who needs it?

We all do!

Word of the Day

Pronunciation: \ˈchir\
Origin: Middle English chere face, cheer, from Anglo-French, face, from Medieval Latin cara, probably from Greek kara head, face — more at cerebral
First Known Use: 13th century

1: a
obsolete : face b archaic : facial expression
2: state of mind or heart : spirit <be of good cheer — Matthew 9:2(Authorized Version)>
3: lightness of mind and feeling : animationgaiety
4: hospitable entertainment : welcome
5: food and drink for a feast : fare
6: something that gladdens <words of cheer>
7: a shout of applause or encouragement
Transitive Verb
1a : to instill with hope or courage : comfort —usually used with up b : to make glad or happy —usually used with up
2: to urge on or encourage especially by shouts <cheered the team on>
3: to applaud with shouts
Intransitive Verb
1 obsolete: to be mentally or emotionally disposed
2: to grow or be cheerful: rejoice —usually used with up
3: to utter a shout of applause or triumph
— cheer·er noun

More Vocabulary
Adopt: v. to take up and practice or use
Boost: v. increase or raise
Geriatric: adj. of, relating to, or appropriate for elderly people
Immune system: n. the bodily system that protects the body from foreign substances, cells, and tissues by producing the immune response and that includes especially the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, special deposits of lymphoid tissue (as in the gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow), macrophages, lymphocytes including the B cells and T cells, and antibodies:

Love those Phrasal Verbs

Go into: to undertake as one’s study or work

  • Clair chose to go into medicine instead of law.


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