I am just so glad to be back, after these past few months of silence! I believe wellness is slowly knocking at my door …and that is definitely so welcoming!
Smiles are all around me these days…
I started laughing regularly, which I find is important to do, but very hard at times when you live with RA that’s not funny.
Finding humor isn’t easy when battling a systemic illness. Most people’s reactions to pain and the idea of their immune systems attacking them run along the lines of fear, sadness, grief, and even disgust. I’ve been there myself, make no mistake of it. For some patients with autoimmune arthritis, the physical pain is so agonizing and sapping that it is hard to focus on anything else.
How powerful, then is a smile or a laugh in the face of those low moments…I can vouch for it. I have been there and implemented it. What great strength there is in moments of transcendence, those moments when I say ”listen you may have my joints and muscles but you cannot have my attitude today… not today? Actually, this is nothing but talking to your inner self positively.
At that very moment I can see a smile or a laugh becoming more than something light, free and easy…and an inner force to reckon with.
The release of these beta endorphins also causes the adrenal glands to manufacture cortisol, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and is brilliant for arthritis.
Although there’s no scientific explanation, its widely known that one of laughter’s most therapeutic characteristics is that it is extremely contagious.
Personal laughter prescriptions remain largely speculative, but existing research indicates that efficacious laughter “treatments” typically happening, such as individual sessions as brief as 15 minutes, can still have a positive impact. Intensity remains an open-ended question. It remains unclear how much, or with what amounts of enthusiasm, one’s laugh leads to emotional and physical benefits.
I can watch a stand- up comedy and laugh myself throughout the session, forgetting my pain. I realized this off late that whenever I entered home after an extensive day, my daughter would switch on the comedy tv channel and I instinctively sit to watch and laugh through the episode with her, not realizing she too has seen what humor does to her Mama’s pain. The simple fact is that for a person to be happy they need a network of healthy emotional relationships with a group of people who care about them and for whom they care.
We all would agree that there is not much to loose in laughing. With no hitches, side-effects or perils, maybe it is time to contemplate on laughter seriously.
Either you join a laughter club or watch comedy, whatever makes you laugh ..just do it…and keep smiling and laughing and watch the pain glide through the window!
God Bless us all on our journey back to health and happiness….keep laughing!