Corny as it sounds, sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. Scientific study has proven that it benefits the heart, and the immune system, by reducing the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Of course when bad things happen, there’s nothing to laugh about. Although those are the times we need it most.
I didn’t see anything funny when I was diagnosed with cancer. I was doing too much crying to think about laughing.
I don’t remember exactly when it changed. Maybe it was seeing my 7 year old son parading around in one of my long wigs. Maybe it was the Woody Allen standup comedy routines my ex-husband sent me to listen to in the car. Maybe it was when I realized that my battle with cancer would end my battle against headlice, which naturally I caught around that time… and one day during chemo I discovered the only thing remaining on my bald head was one stubborn little bug.
I do remember how I felt. Powerful. Just to be able to laugh at something that terrified me. I realized if I could laugh at cancer, I could laugh at anything. And I’ve used humor as a weapon in every crisis ever since.