Whether we snort, cackle, chortle, or have a wild, weird little giggle, you have a “laugh print,” a personal signature that’s too, too you.

Laughter is so basic to humans; we barely notice it—unless it totally pleases or absolutely annoys us.

But laughter has power—the power to energize the hum-drum, add levity to the everyday blah-blah-blah.

Laughter is a fantastic ability that God gave us all. In the middle of one of my mighty life-earthquakes, I had to remind myself that my life had changed, not ended.

When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and then two years later with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, all autoimmune diseases, laughter packed her suitcase and left my house. Things that would have been funny before my diagnosis wasn’t funny anymore.

We find it very easy to slip into despair and often hedged in by our illness and loss. Pain is ever-present, siphoning away our joy. Stress depletes our ability to cope.

There are many benefits of laughter. It reduces stress and boosts our immune system. When you laugh, you eliminate toxins and increase the number of lymphocytes in your blood, protecting you from disease. Laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body.

You would think laughter would never abandon us, especially when we need it most, yet this abandonment is real.

Be gentle and kind to yourself. Laugher will return when you are ready for it too.

I hope the joke that follows will make you smile, giggle, chortle, or burst into a belly laugh. Perhaps it won’t evoke any of those responses, and that’s OK too.

The bad news is, I accidentally took the wrong medication today. The good news is, I’m now protected from heartworms and fleas for the next three months.

I look for laughter; it’s still harder to find than I would have expected. I find myself rolling my eyes or shaking my head, but I’ll keep searching for laughter regardless.

What things make you laugh, a pet, a grandchild…let me know. I’ve got to figure out how to laugh more and could use some ideas.

Let’s celebrate with laughter along the journey.

Sandy

 

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