May 04

Laughter IS Good Medicine!



It’s been said “Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper—it doesn’t permanently solve any problems, but it does make things more acceptable for a while.”

How long has it been since you had a good laugh?

There’s nothing funny about cancer, but every time we laugh, it reminds us we’re still alive and that feels really good. I believe that we all need to keep—or—get a sense of humor even in the shadow of illness.

Laughter is good for the body. Science is just figuring that out, but the Bible told us that a long time ago. Proverbs 15:30 says: “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news makes for good health.” Proverbs 17:22 reiterates the point: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”

For some people, the ability to laugh comes easily, but for others—especially those going through trials—it takes a more effort. If your funny bone could use some strengthening today, here are some suggestions from Endurance with Jan & Dave Dravecky:

  1. Start your own comedy collection of jokes and cartoons. (Do an Internet search for “clean jokes” or read the daily newspaper and you’ll find some funny ones. Post them at your desk or on your fridge so you can remind yourself to laugh.)
  2. Get your groceries and a chuckle by reading some of the tabloid headlines while standing in line. (Pick a long line so you’ll have time to read about things like aliens with anorexia and manure as a miracle cure for arthritis!)
  3. Hang out at greeting card racks and enjoy reading funny cards. (You’ll get a kick out of them yourself and you also can buy one and send it to someone who hasn’t had anything to laugh about for a while.)
  4. Become a humorous people “groupie” by hanging out with funny people. (Either you’re a funny friend or you need one!)
  5. Make the most of embarrassing moments. (Share your foibles with a trusted friend and have a good laugh together about things like how your wig blew off your bald-from-chemo head.)

Laughter is healing medicine, so please take a full prescription of it!