Laughter is Cheap Medicine
By Steve Goodier
I know a couple who works in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a
sales representative and she is a pharmacist. When asked what
they do for a living, he is quick to reply, "She makes drugs and
I sell them."
I believe it was Lord Byron who said, "Always laugh when you can.
It is cheap medicine." And they're finding that to be true -
A woman diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis wrote to me and
talked about how painful the disease had become. Debra said that
no drugs would touch the devastating pain. "At times I prayed to
die because I did not think I could go on this way," she said.
But in two and a half years she weaned herself from most of her
medication, which had reached a high of 21 pills a day. This is
how she did it.
"I began seeing a doctor who gave me the most important
prescription that I ever could have received," she said. "He
excused himself from the room. I watched him walking back and
forth in the hall; he seemed to be in deep thought."
The doctor came back in with this prescription: he told Debra to
get some funny movies and to begin laughing. If she didn't feel
like laughing, then she should smile. If she didn't feel like
smiling, she should smile anyway! He said that it would increase
endorphins in her brain and help with her pain.
She did just as he suggested. She smiled constantly. Her children
teased her about the fake smile, but she told them that it was
going to get rid of her pain. And it did. Of course, not all of
her pain is gone, but her newly acquired habit of laughing and
smiling has made it manageable without all of the drugs.
Today, Debra is never seen without her smile. She says that she
would not even feel normal without it.
Laughter really is cheap medicine. And it's a prescription you
can fill right now.
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