9 Ways Humor Can Heal


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9 Ways Humor Can Heal

9 Ways Humor Can Heal yellow Smiling faces

When life has you feeling weighed down, laugh a little and feel your heart lighten.

By Therese J. Borchard

Of all my tools to combat stress-especially the stress of dealing with my illness or someone else's--humor is by far the most fun. And just like mastering the craft of writing, I'm finding that the longer I practice laughing at life (especially at its frustrations) the better I become at it, and the more situations and conversations and complications I can place into that category named "silly."

G. K. Chesterton once wrote: "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." And Proverbs 17:22 says that "a happy heart is good medicine." I'd add that human beings and their caretakers can heal and find joy again if they learn how to laugh. Here are just a few ways a dose of humor might transform something ugly and stressful to slightly entertaining, and, well, a tad less catastrophic.

Get the first health benefit of humor.

Therese J. Borchard writes the Beyond Blue blog for Beliefnet.