I have been using laughter therapy as a way of coping with all of my chronic disorders and diseases. While it has not been able to keep my mind completely off of the intense chronic pain and health problems I’m battling, it still has in many ways relaxed my body. To laugh during such a difficult time in my life has helped me in more ways than I could ever imagine. It would be hard for me to list them all. I would say that it has saved my life. I have been chronically ill with fibromyalgia for almost 15 years, depression disorders, and various other illnesses that completely ravaged my body making it impossible for me to control how my body reacts and functions.
I discovered that laughter has really helped me to keep my emotions in check to a degree and I feel a little better about myself. Laughing has helped to keep my mind off of my fibromyalgia pain and side effects of my prescribed medications. There are times, such as now where my pain is incredibly high and I’m unable to find suitable assistance, I have found laughter therapy to still be a beneficial tool and a coping mechanism through all of the difficult battles I have dealt with over the years. There are various well-documented medical research done on the effect of using laughter as a therapy tool. The power of laughter is that it’s an antidote to relieving stress, problems and yes even pain. Humor has the ability to bring much needed balance in the person’s life and lightens up their load too.
Benefits of laughter:
- Reduces stress hormones such as endorphins, adrenaline and cortisol
- Fights against respiratory infections and boosts the body’s immune system
- Prevents heart disease
- Expands the person’s views on situations reducing overwhelmed feelings
- Improves the person’s overall mood
- Add joy and excitement
- Strengthens relationships with others
- Defuses difficult situations
- Attracts others to us and encourages unity amongst one another
- Improves memory, alertness, and creativity
- Increases memory and learning capabilities
- Lowers blood pressure
- Gives the diaphragm, and abdominal region a good workout including respiratory, facial, back, and leg muscles
Ideas of where to find something funny to laugh at?
- YouTube videos are a wonderful option as many videos are a few minutes long and can provide a much needed release. My favorite type of videos to watch are primarily animal-based videos such as cats, dogs and wildlife getting themselves into the most interesting case of circumstances.
- Reading online comic strips and cartoons. Both of these can easily be found anywhere online, especially on Facebook. I follow many online comics strips Facebook pages providing me exactly what I need each day.
- Funny TV shows and movies are still the best options of watching something that appeals to you and will get you in the right frame of mind.
- Search for comedians and people in general who will make you laugh. Attending a comedy club is the perfect way to get yourself in the laughing mood.
- Do something silly and what that entails for me is making funny faces in the mirror. Eventually I will laugh. Sometimes it takes time for me to laugh but I will chuckle a little in due time.
So please keep in mind that laughter is truly the best medicine.