Don’t let life get you down!
Laughter really is good medicine. “I come from a long line of funny women” says Becky. “Even as a young teen, when something embarrassing would happen, I’d think, ‘Ah! Material for the family reunion!’ Humor always greased life’s skids for me. Diagnosed with a painful disease from which he was not expected to survive, Norm Cousins discovered that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter would give him at least two hours of pain-free sleep. (He went on to live another 36 healthy years, teaching others about the healing power of laughter.) A recent study showed that laughter therapy was as effective in lessening agitation in elderly patients with dementia as the best medications, with nothing but good side effects.