In Norman Cousins’ classic bestseller Anatomy of an Illness is Perceived by the Patient, he describes how he overcame a debilitating disease by using, among other things, high doses of laughter.
He did that by watching funny movies and television shows to increase the amount that he would laugh because that was shown to have a pain reducing effect on the body.
Right now, many of you are experiencing some of the emotional pain of life in times where we’re isolated and we’re not sure exactly what’s going to happen in the future.
At those times you may be less likely to think of laughter as an antidote to how you’re feeling at the moment, but I can highly recommend Norman Cousins approach.
There is something about creating laughter that makes you feel happier and can also discharge some of the anxiety you have as a result of what’s going on right now.
It’s not just that laughter is the best medicine: It doesn’t require a prescription, and it’s free!
Question: What are you doing to bring more happiness/laughter into your life right now? Who are your favorite comedians or things that make you laugh?