Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Die Laughing

I have not been posting much in the last couple of days because it has been days filled with personal pain and pain for people that I love. A couple days ago a dear friend fell through the roof of an attic landing on a cement garage floor. She has been in ICU and has had some major surgeries and while celebrating that she should be able to walk again she is in unbelievable pain. My Dad has torn a muscle and has been in horrible pain. He saw the doctor today and was given shots and told to spend the week on bedrest. I also have been in terrible pain and ended up in urgent care for a shot in the back of my head for intense nerve pain and even now want to curl up in a ball and not move because I hurt all over. These are the times it's hardest to laugh and yet the times it's most important to. I am going to stray from my usual posts and instead include an encouraging article for anyone that knows pain:

Die Laughing-

Where did we come up with the term "die laughing"? How many chuckle fatalities do you suppose there really are?
As a matter of fact, I hear more studies every day that indicate the exact opposite. Studies show that a good belly laugh lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system. That means that people who laugh more get sick less. They're better able to fight off illness. Laughter has been found to help the circulatory and respiratory systems as well. It helps chemically with stress levels, too. It even helps a person deal with pain better.
Of course, I wouldn't necessarily suggest giving this information to a woman in labor- especially if you're the husband. It's amazing how strong a woman in labor can be. No, I don't think laughing away labor would be a good suggestion for a husband who would like to leave the hospital without having to be admitted himself. And I doubt we'll ever replace "hee hee hoo" with "ha ha ha."
But if you're in the midst of some of that non-labor kind of pain, it might be just what the doctor ordered to have a little chuckle. It may seem unnatural to be laughing through pain of any kind. But since laughter helps with physical, emotional and mental health, maybe we should stop fighting it and let ourselves laugh when the time is right. I love Proverbs 17:22: "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength." (NLT) Doesn't that mean we should stop fighting the giggles and take our medicine?
Incidentally, you might be interested to know that a good belly laugh burns a few calories, too. It's medicine and it's practically aerobic! One more reason to laugh, and one more way to be inspired to work toward a merry heart. A merry heart will add "life" to your life. So go ahead. LIVE laughing!

1 comment:

Beka said...

Your ability to trust God and still be joyful even in the middle of pain is a testimony to those how are believers as well as those who I pray will be some day.

You are in my prayers!