How much better I feel after watching a funny movie or spending some time with friends and having a good laugh. Even watching my pet’s antics gives me a giggle and brings me joy. (I have guinea pigs – some may even get a laugh out of that.) Somehow this lifts my spirits and takes my mind off my problems.
Norman Cousins found this out first hand. He had a very painful, life threatening condition called ankylosing spondylitis. Doctors held little hope for him, so he checked himself out of hospital and into a hotel. He watched Marx brothers films and TV sitcoms, and found that 10 minutes of belly laughter gave him 2 hours of pain free sleep.
If I ever go to the dentist again, instead of getting out the Panadol, I think I will break out my funniest DVD’s!