Many people that choose to receive care in my office are suffering from challenging health problems. Two that come to mind have extremely challenging health problems. What I admire about both of these extraordinary people is how they use humor to help them through their healing process.
I have seen first hand how important humor is, not only to help navigate through health challenges, but to help enjoy life to its fullest. One of the stories I remember when I began chiropractic school was that of Norman Cousins, author of “Anatomy of an Illness”. In short, Norman, who was an editor for the Saturday Evening Post, developed a denegerative disease while on a trip to Cold War Soviet Union in the 1960’s. He was given a prognosis of a few months to live. He decided to cure himself by taking large doses of Vitamin C and watching television shows such as Candid Camera, Marx Brothers movies and Three Stooges. “Miraculously”, he made a full recovery.
How are you using humor and laughter in your life? Personally, if I do not experience laughter at least ten times a day, I am not living. Humor is a major part of my day. Are you surrounding yourself with funny people or funny situations? Are you able to laugh at yourself out loud? Do you find humor easily in life? If you are answering “no” to any of these questions, I challenge you to make it a point to bring more laughter into your life.
Laughter will help you get through the challenging times in your life.
Laughter will enrich the fun times in your life.
Laughter will help others around you live a happier life.
Laughter will provide more energy for you.
Laughter will help your digestion.
Laughter will help you focus on more important things in your life.
Laughter will help you sleep better.
Give it a try. I am sure once you begin to bring laughter more into your life, you will never turn back.
If you are challenged, you can see me and I will give you a “prescription” for ten belly laughs a day.