Since the World Seems So Dark Lately — Let’s Laugh More!
Laughter is definitely great medicine
“In today’s stressful world, we need to laugh as much as we can. Laughter lifts us up during tough times, and can sometimes help carry us through the day. We all need a daily dose of laughter.” — Dr. Cheryl Carver
I am in a satire writing group now called MuddyUm. It is a new publication similar to MAD MAGAZINE. It has been a lot of fun for many writers to publish here. It is a lighthearted publication that pokes fun at Medium, life and ourselves.
It helps people let off some steam from what is a very heavy world — through humor and laughter. I’ve met new writing buddies and we laugh a lot together. You can read more about our Publication here.
Many of us seem to wanna laugh more these days since the world seems so crazy and dark.
A friend Carolyn wrote that laughter has proven to be her best medicine lately. Since her beloved brother died about a month ago she was feeling deep sadness and grief, but she joined our new group MuddyUm around that time— and now she’s having a blast reconnecting with her humorous side.
By just writing lighter sillier pieces it has brought her much relief and peace.
Yay for writing humor!
Another writer who just signed on as a contributor to MuddyUm said she’s never thought about writing funny or light pieces. But, now that she has it‘s really changed her life for the better. She looks forward to composing her humorous satirical pieces now, even in the midst of her life challenges.
Laughter as a Healer With Patients
Nurse Cheryl Carver, LPN, writes about the healing power of laughter in her article The Power of Laughter Can Help Heal All Wounds:
“I’ve been known to dance, sing, rap, and even do a cartwheel in the hallway when a wound has been given the status “HEALED.” Why do I do this? No, I am not really crazy. I am just a passionate and caring wound nurse that has experienced both sides of the coin. Of course, you can’t just chuckle away your medical condition or heal your wound by laughing. However, there is a good deal of scientific research to support the idea that laughter can indeed improve our health and contribute to healing.” — Dr. Cheryl Carver.
Therapeutic Indications for Laughter in Medicine
Research has proven there is a long list of health care benefits. Laughter therapy has been shown to:
- Boost your immune and circulatory systems
- Enhance oxygen intake, while stimulating the heart and lungs
- Relax muscles
- Trigger the release of endorphins
- Ease digestion, and soothe stomach aches
- Relieve pain
- Balance blood pressure
- Improve mental health
- Reduce stress/tension and promote relaxation
- Improve sleep
The Use of Laughter Has Been Used in Medicine For Years.
The ancient Greek physicians prescribed laughter for their patients by visiting the hall of comedians.
Early Native Americans used clowns to work with their witch doctors. They too realized the powerful effects of humor and laughter in healing.
In the 13th century, surgeons used humor to distract patients from pain and many in the Jewish Community after WW2 turned to comedy to help them heal their angst. (I’ve written about this before in my article Why Do Jews Go into Comedy?)
Today more than ever, people are turning to humor for therapy and healing. Laughter yoga and other types of laughter therapy are becoming more complementary to clinics and hospitals.
Medical journals now acknowledge laughter therapy is improving the quality of life for patients with chronic illnesses.
Dr. Cheryl said, “Laughing becomes therapeutic for both the patient and the health care professional. I encourage you to make laughter a part of your everyday routine. We all need a prescription from our physician: Rx: A heaping cupful of belly-aching laughter daily!”
Happy Monday all. I know it’s Monday but can you try to find something to laugh about today? I’m gonna look for something right NOW! Ohhh my cat has turned upside down…Yea, there’s always something.
Thanks for reading!