Let Loose. Lets Laugh.
December 18, 2008 12:58am CST
Many years ago, Norman Cousins was diagnosed as terminally ill. He was given six months to live. His chance for recovery was one in 500. He could see the worry, depression and anger in his life contributed to, and perhaps helped cause, his disease. He wondered, If illness can be caused by negativity, can wellness be created by positivity He decided to make an experiment of himself. Laughing was one of the most positive activities he knew. He rented all the funny movies he could find - Keaton, Chaplin, Fields, the Marx Brothers. (This was before VCRs, so he had to rent the actual films.) He read funny stories. He asked his friends to call him whenever they said, heard or did something funny. His pain was so great he could not sleep. Laughing for 10 solid minutes, he found, relieved the pain for several hours so he could sleep. He fully recovered from his illness and lived another 20 happy, healthy and productive years. (His journey is detailed in his book, Anatomy of an Illness.) He credits visualization, the love of his family and friends, and laughing for his recovery. Some people think laughing is a waste of time. It is a luxury, they say, a frivolity, something to indulge in only every so often. Nothing could be further from the truth. Laughing is essential to our equilibrium, to our well-being, to our aliveness. If we're not well, laughing helps us get well; if we are well, laughing helps us stay that way. Since Cousins' ground-breaking subjective work, scientific studies have shown that laughter has a curative effect on the body, the mind and the emotions. So, if you like laughing, consider it sound medical advice to indulge in it as often as you can. If you don't like laughter, then take your medicine - laugh anyway. Use whatever makes you laugh - movies, sitcoms, Monty Python, records, books, New Yorker cartoons, jokes, friends. Give yourself permission to laugh - long and loud and out loud - whenever anything strikes you as funny. The people around you may think you're strange, but sooner or later they'll join in even if they don't know what you're laughing about. Some diseases may be contagious, but none is as contagious as the cure. . . laughter. You agree........
20 Dec 08
I agree to this 100%.I never ever show a long face, grumble or cynical.I am a happy go lucky guy who wants to cherish every moment of life which is too precious for spending on negative feelings.I always know that being happy is the most healthy thing one can do to his body and soul.A smiling face is always like a sun beam that lights up and brightens everything on it's way.Nice discussion Daffodil.
• United States
19 Dec 08
Hi my dearest daffodil! Again, you just never cease to amaze me! How one so young can be so caring and intelligent and know the ways of the world and life so well already! You know things that have taken others a lifetime to find out and some that have never found out on their journeys to the end! You are so right about laughter! I do believe that it can cure just about anything as this gentleman did prove! I have never heard his story before, but I would be most interested now to read about! I love to laugh and wish only that I would do it much more often. I love when silly things happen and can laugh hysterically with friends or by myself! I can watch my kittys do something silly and just laugh out loud at them! I do believe that laugher, as they do say is the best medicine! And since it has be proven to be so I will try to get my daily doses more often! So my dear daffodil, stay as brilliant and wonderful and caring as you always are! Your are such a gem to behold! Your biggest fan, Opal
19 Dec 08
Hello my sweety Opal. Thankyou so much for thinking so kindly. I received it in my email and thought of posting it here because it gives out such a positive and optimistic message. Even if the results are not so big at least laughter can never harm ones psyche. Its a harmless way to try and heal. I knew you enjoy and love to laugh. The feel of positivity and cheer is always there in the way you respond Opal! But you can laugh hysterically with friends or by yourself is such a gift you have. What I feel is people who are clear in their conscience and love others equally dearly are the ones who can easily laugh heartily. I include myself too. Hahahahahaha. If I am a gem then you are a star. You rock! I am so grate to Mylot for the wonderful gift it has given to me. Merry Christmas!!
18 Dec 08
That's so true. I could truly relate to this since I found that those who are always grumpy and angry at the world tend to have more illnesses than those who are always smiling. I guess life's cures only depend on our ability to keep it light, keep it cool.
• United States
18 Dec 08
Yes, wholesome laughter is extremely healthy. There is another kind of laughter, however, that is quite destructive, and more and more we see attempts to draw people into that one. Laughter that is sarcastic or done at the expense of another human being is not healthy, not for the intended victim or the perpetrator. People need to have laughter in their lives, but they also need to think a bit.