Laughter is the Best Medicine

Looking for Laughter

Our visits, I was learning, had more of an impact on Mom than was obvious to us.  She didn’t usually know who we were; we had no meaningful conversation; and we were all exhausted from trying to keep up with the mayhem.  Mom had not had much of an appetite for 7-10 days.  Dad said it had been hard to get her to eat anything, but on this day…something was stirred.  She was happy – and she was hungry!

We stopped to eat lunch, and while we were waiting for our food, she smoothed her paper napkin out on the table in front of her, where her plate would soon be placed.  I watched her pick up her fork and knife and begin to try to cut her napkin, as if it were a piece of meat.  Interesting.  Her brain played tricks on her – transforming ordinary things into other things.

Mixed Up Memories & Laughter

On our way home, we passed a little, old store that sold wonderful, unique gifts and great potted plants.  She and I had bought many flowers here over the years to plant in her yard, but we didn’t have time to stop that day.

I pointed it out as we drove by and asked her, “Mom, do you remember that store?”

She looked.  “Oh,  I was always afraid the hogs were going to poop on me in there!”

My niece, riding in the back seat, said, “Oh!  I guess she did grow up on a farm! I always wondered.”

Mom laughed and said, “Yes!  She did grow up on a farm!”

Laughter filled the car, and it felt so good to be surrounded by it!  For the most part, only confusion and frustration filled our space, so we welcomed the change!  Little bits of joy along the way…we grabbed them whenever we could and laughed every chance we got.

Laughter is the best medicine

There are several scientific articles online regarding the health benefits of laughter – boosts immunity, lowers stress hormones, decreases pain, relaxes muscles, prevents heart disease…plus so much more!

The links below are great articles about laughter – it’s important for us to bring more of it back into our lives, even when we feel overcome by worries and fears.  Laughter really IS good medicine!

Laughter is Good Medicine

How a Simple Smile Benefits Your Brain and Body

The Bible says it best:

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”  Proverbs 17:22

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