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BAD HAIR DAYS! The healing power of laughter
Ever had one of those days? The kind of day when your hair isn’t quite right no matter how much gel you use and the shirt you really wanted to wear has a huge stain from breakfast.
We all have days like this. Things don’t seem to work out as well as we had planned and it feels as though life is conspiring against us.
When you are trying to juggle your own needs along with the ever changing needs of a family member with ALS, these BAD HAIR DAYS may happen more often than you wish. You try to juggle lots of different obligations but sometimes things just feel overwhelming.
What do you do? Do you let your funny hair or messy shirt determine how your day is going to be? Do you let out a big sigh, lower your shoulders and drag yourself off into your day or do you choose something lighter? What if you laughed at your spiky hair, put a sweater over your messy shirt, and danced off into your day, instead.
There is much research on the power of a positive attitude and the healing power of laughter. In the movie, Patch Adams, a doctor single handedly uses laughter, joy and creativity to transform the culture of a hospital. He puts on a funny red nose and creates giggles of glee in children with cancer. This movie is the true story of a doctor committed to bringing more fun and laughter into the lives of people with a wide variety of illnesses and challenges. He created an entire facility called the “Gesundheit Institute” (bless you!) that has medical staff of all types lining up for years to work there. Patients and family, alike, are encouraged to find the positive and playful side of life, despite their challenges.
Norman Cousins wrote several books on the mind body connection and called laughter “internal jogging.” He found that patients who watched 30 minutes of a funny sitcom every day for year had a significant increase in their immune function and in their feeling of wellbeing as well as a lowering of their blood pressure and fewer heart attacks. All that from a little laughter!
The benefits of joyful laughter and a playful, positive attitude are many:
So, how do you bring more laughter into your life in the midst of challenging circumstances? What if you simply don’t feel like laughing? Here are a few ideas:
And, as Charlie Chaplin said,” In order to laugh you have to play with your pain.”
© Written by Margaret H. Evans R.N. B.S.N. C.P.C.C.
Registered nurse, Certified professional life coach