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Is Laughter the Best Medicine? | Rohini Rau | TEDxIIITBangalore


A hospital is not a place where you would usually find laughter. It’s said that children laugh at least 700 times a day and in adults, it reduces to just 15. But in hospitals, it becomes zero. It is important to focus not only on the physical pain that comes with an illness but also the mental state of the patient. Research proves that Hospital Clowning can help reduce the use of sedatives and help patients face treatment with a positive attitude. More than entertainment or laughter therapy, clowning involves restoring the patients’ control over themselves in the hospital environment. Introducing India’s former top woman sailor. She created history by winning India’s first international gold medal by a women’s youth team at the Asian Sailing Championship in 2004. She has participated in 8 World Championships and numerous international events winning 6 international medals and 32 National Medals including 8 consecutive national titles in the Laser Radial.
She is currently pursuing her MSc Internal Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and is working as a Senior Medical Officer at Kauvery Hospital, Chennai.
A 2009 TEDIndia Fellow as well as India’s first ‘medical clown’ who has worked with The Little Theatre’s Hospital Clowns Troupe, she actively does sessions at the government children’s hospital every week.
In 2018, she was a Facilitator for 4 International Design Thinking projects in Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore and Kenya. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx