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Reply with quote  #16 
If it were not for my weird sense of humor, I don't think I could have survived! I've often said, "I have to laugh to keep from crying"!  It certainly helped me cope!
Reply with quote  #17 
I just have to put in a good word for laughter. Here is a passage on the value of laughter from my book on caring for caregivers of difficult aging parents. We really do need to laugh, even when we don't feel like it. People whose professions deal with dire situations develop a gallows humor to survive. Many caregivers exist in dire situations.

"The concept of laughter as healer has been around a long time.
*Ancient Greeks practiced gelotology (gelos means laughter), by sending patients to comedy shows.
*In the Bible, Proverbs 17:22 says, 'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.'
*Native American shamans used clowns in their healing rituals.
*In the 1960s, Norman Cousins defied imminent death by watching Marx Brothers movies and his book, Anatomy of an Illness (1979), launched the practice of humor therapy.
*The real Patch Adams documented in the epynomonous movie, founded the Gezundheit Institute which heals through laughter and humor.

Studies show that laughter increases circulation, skin temperature, blood oxygen and endorphins (those feel-good chemicals that chocolate, red wine and exercise stimulate to action) while decreasing blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol (a chemical that debilitates the immune system). Some hospitals include laughter therapy in their treatment programs. There is even an American Association for Therapeutic Humor. Things like corny jokes, clowns and Whoopee cushions get the guffaws going.

Maybe the only laughter you can generate comes from the darkness of your situation. No matter. The body doesn't distinguish between gallows, corny or hilarious laughter."

Laughter is contagious and you can make yourself laugh just by forcing it. After a few minutes or less, it will become involuntary and you will feel better. Let's all try it right now. Pretend your difficult elder just sat on the Whoopee cushion you hid in the elder's favorite seat and imagine the look on his/her face. Hee, hee.
Reply with quote  #18 
personally, I love to laugh, and now I know why - thanks Carol.

It feels so good. Do any of you remember the last time you got a fit of the giggles, you know, the kind where you can't stop? Remember how good that feels??? AHHHHHHHHH.

My husband and I got a fit of the giggles last night over something regarding some music we were listening too, and our kitten. It wasn't the kind of fit where we couldn't stop, but it was close. It felt GOOD.

Reply with quote  #19 
Laughter is contagious! This video is so adorable. Makes me wish I could have another baby! LOL

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