Pre-Health Professions

Second Annual Dinner Event Teaches the Value of a Good Laugh

July 01, 2015

Second annual celebration of the Brownback Anders Pre-Health Society and the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students was hosted on March 19.

It’s the truth: laughter really is the best medicine. That was the message that keynote speaker Clifford C. Kuhn ’63 M.D., aka The Laugh Doctor, shared with alumni, faculty, students and friends of the college who gathered for the second annual celebration of the Brownback Anders Pre-Health Society and the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students. The event, held Thursday, March 19, brought together more than 70 attendees, who had the opportunity to mingle, enjoy dinner and listen to Kuhn’s uplifting presentation.

Kuhn spoke about the heavy toll that stress places on the human body, resulting in diminished energy, depleting the immune system and ultimately leading to chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. He then challenged the audience to embrace humor in their lives by filling their “HA HA HA Prescription” and offered a few key methods for doing so. Kuhn is an award-winning professional speaker, trainer, personal coach, doctor and author, as well as a professor of psychiatry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

The evening also featured opening remarks from Interim Dean and professor of Biology Peter Small, who introduced the college’s planned Innovation and Discovery Center and took attendees of the event through a video tour of the proposed facility for the sciences. Students, Ina Hysko ’15, Alvin Varghese ’15, president of the Minority Association of Pre-health Students and Rachel Philip ’15, president of the Brownback Anders Pre-Health Society, also spoke at the event.

For more information about Dr. Clifford Kuhn and his methods for leading a happier, healthier life, visit his website www.drcliffordkuhn.com or read his latest book, It All Starts with a Smile: 7 Steps to Being Happier Right Now.

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