Laughter . . . the BEST Medicine April 12, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, People.
Tags: Anatomy of an Illness, Health, Humor, Laughter, Norman Cousins
Leaving the dentist office this afternoon, I saw a woman sitting on a bench by the door to the parking lot.
She held a cane and a brown paper bag.
I don’t know what was in the bag. I didn’t ask. That would have been nosy.
I paused, hand on the door, “Everything OK? Is someone meeting you here?”
“No. I’m just resting before walking out to my car.”
“Oh. Do you need help? I’ll wait and walk out with you if you like. I’m in no rush.”
“Aren’t you sweet . . . ”
I grinned, “Well . . . I have my moments.”
With that admission, she laughed and grinned up at me, “Thanks. I needed that! I feel tons better.”
I started to push open the door, “Laughter is the best medicine.”
“So they say.”
“This time, they are right. Laughter eases pain, improves our immune system, helps us sleep so our body can heal itself . . .”
I told her how Norman Cousins had defeated a fatal illness by laughing at the Marx Brothers.
Laughing for 10 minutes gave him 2 hours of pain free sleep at a time ~ sleep his body needed to heal itself.
He survived and lived to tell the tale in Anatomy of an Illness.
She listened with interest. She learned something of value. Now, she just needs to remember to laugh.
Have you laughed today?
We do not laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.
Aah . . . that’s better!