The Heart of the Matter: The Effects of Humor on Well-Being During Recovery From Cardiovascular Disease

Nicholas L. Lockwood, Stephen M. Yoshimura

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

This study examines the uses of humor among cardiovascular patients to test the associations between humor use, satisfaction with companion relationships, and health during recovery. Self-report data were collected from members of two national support groups for patients recovering from cardiovascular disease. As expected, general humorousness associated with social and psychological well-being. Several specific functions of humor in cardiovascular recovery were identified and linked with health perceptions. Antidote humor increased social and psychological health perceptions, whereas conversation regulation humor and distancing humor were negatively related to perceived social and psychological health. Relationship satisfaction mediated most effects. The findings offer new insight into the variability of humor effects, particularly following cardiovascular treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-420
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Communication
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'The Heart of the Matter: The Effects of Humor on Well-Being During Recovery From Cardiovascular Disease'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this