Wooten Patty BSN RN CCRNHolistic Nursing Practice: January 1996 Stress And Self-care Revisited: PDF Only Abstract Humor and laughter can be effective self-care tools to cope with stress. An ability to find humor gives us a sense of perspective on our problems. Laughter provides a physical release for accumulated tension. The article reviews research on the effect of humor and laughter on our immune function and resilience to stress. Resources for finding humor are included. © Williams & Wilkins 1996. All Rights Reserved.