Laugh, laugh, laugh – whether you feel good or not
It is said that laughter is the best medicine. There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease. Current research shows that our brains can make us healthier and happier, and laughter is one of the strategies used bring this about. For more information click here and view the video on laughter yoga.
Dealing with breast cancer can be the toughest hurdle in many of our lives. And laughter can be furthest from our minds.
Some people will say that there is nothing to laugh about, why me, life sucks, just got fired, am struggling with illness, there is no one to take care of me, chemo sucks, lost my hair, cannot go on like this, and on and on.
For the billions on the planet, each thinking person can come up with one or more excuses as to why there is nothing to laugh about – which means that there would be almost 6 billion excuses, a statistic which could already generate lots of laughter, I believe.
But the most important thing is this. Whether we believe, know, are totally convinced that there is nothing to laugh about, we can still trick the brain to believe that we can laugh at anything. Forced laughter or real laughter, the brain does not know the difference.
The saying “If you think you can, you can; if you think you can’t, you can’t” really underscores the fact that it is up to us to decide on what we can and cannot do.
I would urge all women dealing with breast cancer, yours truly included, to laugh. I would recommended any kind of laughter, whether it is forced or real, as the benefits are the same – the brain does not know the difference.
And that is the fun in laughter therapy.
Laugh, through whatever is happening.
In my earlier blog on ordinary women are celebrities dealing breast cancer I called on women with breast cancer to join us in making a documentary. For more on the documentary please follow this link.
Women with breast cancer who would like to join us in laughter therapy can let us know by leaving a comment.