Can Humor Be Hazardous To Your Illness?

Many of you might be too young to remember the story of Norman Cousins. The 60-second variant: When diagnosed with a degenerative disease (ankylosing spondylitis) he checked himself into a hotel across the road from his hospital, and with assistance from his physician and his buddy, Allen Funt (Host of Candid Camera-are you too young to keep in mind that, too???) , he basically laughed himself into remission.

Did you know?

He wrote a book about his experience, Anatomy of an Illness, and a brand new era-psychoneuroimmunology began. Scientists started to study the healing power of humor and affirm that there really is truth to the saying,”Laughter’s the best medicine.” Benefits to your cardiovascular system, your respiratory system, your musculoskeletal system, your immune system, your endocrine systemyour nervous system, your digestive system-the evidence grows leaps and bounds each day! But here is my suggestion: Don’t wait for additional proof.

Do This

Do a little self-experimentation. Incorporate humor into your everyday routine. Make comedy a custom and enjoy a healthier you! Norman Cousins produced a comedy habit by viewing reels and reels of Candid Camera (which was before VCRs and TiVo). I believe everyone ought to learn at least one joke. Something short, easy to remember, and non-offensive. But better than jokes are tales. What’s most personal is universal.

Those who understand and love me will understand why I enjoyed the story sent to me by my angel, Jim Brown. I hope you like it half as much as I did! Sweetheart,” I stammered. (I always call her love, particularly in times like these.) “I left my keys in the car and it has been stolen.” There was a period of silence. I thought the call was dropped, but then I heard her voice. “Are you kiddin’ me? I dropped you off at the resort! I convince this cop I did not steal your car!