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A Merry Heart Really is Good Medicine

Audience: designed for the American Heart Association

Research confirms the positive impact laughter and humor play in cardiovascular health.1

"The ability to laugh-either naturally or as a learned behavior-may have important implications in societies such as the U.S. where heart disease remains the number one killer," says Michael Miller, Director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center. There is now proof that humor and laughter have a positive impact on health-especially cardiovascular wellbeing.

Join internationally recognized therapeutic humorist, Kathleen Passanisi, and discover why laughter and humor are the best antidote to the epidemic of the day-STRESS.

Kathleen's style is both lighthearted and heartwarming.

During "A MERRY HEART REALLY IS GOOD MEDICINE" you will be rolling in the aisles discovering how a "lighthearted" approach to life's aggravations can actually ease the burden on your mind, your body, and your relationships. Participants learn to use laughter and humor to:

  • improve physical health, strengthen the heart and improve circulation
  • reduce the negative side-effects of anger and frustration
  • cope with everyday aggravations by "reframing"
  • strengthen family and team cohesiveness
  • add joy to the present moment

A perfect program for heart health professionals or anyone who wants a healthy heart.

Kathleen Passanisi is a licensed medical professional. Most of her presentations qualify for CEU/CME credit.

1. Center for Preventative Cardiology - U. of Maryland

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A Merry Heart Is Good Medicine


A Merry Heart Really is Good Medicine Feedback:

The luncheon (Women & Heart Health) is an effort by the American Heart Association to raise the awareness of heart disease as a women's health concern & to provide valuable information to more than the 600 attendees. Her significant talents as a presenter were showcased not only in her keynote address, but also in her interviews conducted with the media. Ms. Passanisi was a guest on a live broadcast of Good Morning Texas on the Dallas ABC affiliate, was featured in the medical report of the FOX affiliate newscast and was interviewed by print journalists as well. In all cases, she promoted the efforts of the American Heart Association while effectively communicating the relationship between humor & health.

Karen Waggoner
District Executive Director
American Heart Association

It was very clear to us, the attendees and especially us board members, that you had done your homework on us before agreeing to come and be a major portion of our program. Your preparation was on target; your presentation was professional; and your execution was worthy of imitation. We got lots of pointers on the value of stress reduction, and how to re-frame real-life situations in such a way as to either lessen the sting, or deflect it with dose of humor. In the world of healthcare, my world for the past 27 years, I can tell you we need a potion to deal with the vicissitudes of life, and you were just the tonic! Too many of us take ourselves far too seriously; and as our heart statistics demonstrate, with chilling, as in killing, results.

E. David Gibbons
Chairman of the Board
American Heart Association
Mid-Atlantic Affiliate