Sample Healthcare Reflection Paper on Humor


I am seated at the lounge of a mental hospital worried about a friend that has been mentally unwell. Suddenly, a man approaches me and asks, “Are you mad?” Bewildered, I ask, “why?” In response, he says, “because I am mad and I need a mad person to play with.” The response astonishes me and I wonder why he chose me of all the people if he wanted a mad man to play with. As if reading my thoughts, he goes ahead to ask, “If you are not mad, why is your hair uncombed?” Suddenly, it strikes me that I forgot to comb my hair. This scenario reminds me of situations we encounter every day, even in politics whereby politicians regularly accuse each other of abhorrible acts. What motivates such calls? Do people unconsciously project themselves to represent the very things they abhor?

This humor helps to liven up the audience and open their scope of thinking. Conventionally, humor is not just a way of making people laugh, it also enhances attentiveness. A nice humor statement used in opening a speech can make people want to hear what is in store, and hence become more attentive. More often than not, a good opening humor is indicative an interesting speech to come. This makes it an attention grabber. Further, it should elicit interest, why the humor and how is it related to what the speaker intends to convey? Such questions from the audience sub-consciously improve their concentration, attentiveness, and understanding of the information conveyed during the speech. The laugh elicited by a humor also creates a conducive and active environment necessary for delivery of a speech effectively.