A giggle a day can help you to cope and even reduce your pain because it promotes relaxation. Further, laughter releases feel-good endorphins that people living with pain really need.
Recent research has found that laughter holds great benefits for people who live with pain and illness. But, as you know, living with illness and pain isn’t fun and finding reasons to laugh can be difficult.
Here are nine ways to laugh and be joyful despite chronic illness.
- Don’t take life too seriously. Chronic illness can bring with it challenges that can get the better of you. When you start stressing about your challenges, it is hard to find solutions. If you focus on not taking life and challenges too seriously by laughing rather than stressing, you give yourself a confidence boost that can help you overcome hurdles. Smile, laugh and don’t be too critical of yourself.
- Find humor during tough times. There will always be situations that are hard and are no laughing matter. But most situations are only as complex as you allow them to be. So, the next time you find your stress getting the best of you, allow yourself to laugh over the things you have no control over. By doing so, you give yourself the opportunity to see humor and blessings all around you.