Healing Power of Humor
- by Silvia C.
The calendar in my computer room
just taught me something today... It said: ""A cheerful
heart is good medicine." King Solomon (Proverbs 17:22).
It's so true, too. After my son died and for many years after
Nicky was born, I was incapable of watching any TV show that
was too dramatic, it was only Friends & Seinfeld for me,
and I loved Jay Leno! I simply felt the NEED to laugh. My goal
during bandage changes for Nicky ever since he could understand
is to make him laugh at least once, more if I am successful!
I do this every time because my son seems so much more relaxed
and enjoys this tense time with me when I do this, even though
he is in pain.
Humor is very healing in many
aspects of our lives. Comedy helps our psyche and well being,
and many studies show that scientifically it does even more than
that! According to recent studies, laughter produces endorphins
which lessen pain, increases production of T-cells, interferon
and immune proteins called globulins and even significantly lowers
cortisol levels and returns the body to a more relaxed state.
It even boosts your immune system! Dr. Cousins, who in 1964 was
diagnosed with a crippling and extremely painful inflammation
of his body, stated that: "I made the joyous discovery that
ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect
and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep."
Dr. Cousins later recovered from
his condition and spent the next 20 years teaching about the
merits of laughter and humor in healing.
It should come of no surprise then
when watching 'Last Comic Standing' that two of the initial semi-finalists
of this season had some sort of disability. One guy had Cerebral
Palsy, while one of the gals had a pronounced Lisp. They were
both hilarious and were audience favorites. They made fun of
themselves and I cannot think of a better way to handle their
condition! I often hear from School Bus drivers, teachers and
others who come in contact with Nicky how funny he is, and I
am so glad!
What can you do to find humor
in your life? Anything can be funny, as I found out when I was
forced to find something to make my son laugh during bandage
changes. Keep funny pictures of family and friends around you,
anything that will make you smile will do! If you like jokes
or funny, subscribe to some of those! You like comedies? Rent
or watch those exclusively. Think of something funny or embarrassing
that has happened to you or a friend/relative and have a good
The world is so serious, and
it does not need to be. Adding humor to your life will allow
your child to grow into a fun and light-hearted person, one that
will never know the meaning of 'depression'. The end result might
very well be that laughter will help everyone in your family
live longer, too!