AN INDIVIDUAL CURE FOR THE BLUES?
By Mr. William
“A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.” (Will Dursens)
One of the popular phrases that I like to use is – ‘A Day without Laughter, is a Day Lost’ – because I do believe that everyone can be helped with laughter or a bit of humor in their day.
While most agree that a good sense of humor can not cure all ailments, data from many studies has mounted positive results of what laughter can do.
Did you know that laughter or humor in your day may supply several short-term benefits and these are not just lightening your mental load.
Some studies say that laughter can stimulate many of an individual’s organs such as:
- Your lungs as laughter can many times enhance your intake of oxygen rich air.
- Laughter can stimulate your heart and muscles as well as it increases the endorphins released by your brain.
Laughter can relieve a persons response to stress. Have you ever found that a belly busting laugh can cool down your current response to stress which in turn will increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure.
Another effect of laughter for which I have found in my life travels is the way it can soothe tension.
Anyone that knows me has seen me use laughter (or as some would call it – sarcasm) aid in keeping my heart rate down and my muscles relaxed during moments of high stress or tension.
In my readings I have found that some claim that laughter can even improve an individual’s immune system. These studies say that laughter may ease pain by causing ones body to produce its own natural painkillers.
Other ways that laughter may help ones travels is the way it helps increase personal satisfaction during difficult coping situations, and it may improve an individual’s mood which is important for those days of blues we face fighting a chronic illness.
I for one do believe in laughter and can say that humor and laughter has helped pull me through many moments, days, weeks, months of stress or uncomfortable life happenings.
In fact, I begin my day, and I mean every day, with a touch of humor as supplied by comic strips.
Each morning when I am spending my day starting 10-minute stretch on the nebulizer breathing in meds to help clear out my lungs for the day – I look for the humor and laughter that is supplied by three of my favorite comic strips, B.C., Zits, and Pickles.
The comic strip B.C. is a long-time staple in the comic pages and always seems to supply a bite of sarcasm of current day happenings from the look of the days of cavemen.
The comic strip Zits is a delightful humorous and sarcastic look at life with a teenage son and how he and the parents deal with life and all its twists and turns. After having raised five children through teenage years and participating in eight grandchildren going through or in the process of being teenagers, I can almost always find the humor, the laugh in the days presentation of Zits.
Now the comic strip Pickles hits a bit closer to home as it follows the daily routines and life of an elderly couple, Earl and Opal Pickles, living retirement and coping with life, age, and a grandson named Nelson. Sometimes the humor and laugh found in a daily venture with the Pickles can make me laugh while also cutting remarkably close to home.
My routine of finding laughter continues as I look toward television shows over the years that have given me much stress relief from my day, shows like ‘The 70’s Show’, ‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘Young Sheldon’, ‘Mom’, and ‘The Neighborhood’ that run now as well as reruns of old timers such as ‘Andy Griffith’, ‘The Carol Burnett Show’, ‘Hogan’s Heroes’, ‘I Love Lucy’, ‘Leave It To Beaver’, and ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’.
Do I find laughter as a release and help in dealing with my major chronic illness issues of severe Asthma, COPD, heart issues and depression – absolutely.
As a layperson do I recommend others work at making sure humor is part of their lives within their daily travels – absolutely.
Like I previously mentioned, anyone that knows me, knows that I can find some humor in nearly any situation and have been known to have a good touch of sarcasm when needed.
Today is a good example as I spent a few moments on my three favorite comic strips early on, then caught a couple of rerun episodes of ‘Friends’ before a couple of rerun episodes of ‘The Wild, Wild West’ before even hitting the computer keys.
Did I need all that for my day, yes and no, but it does pretty much guarantee I will have a better attitude for the remaining hours of my day.
One thing I do know is, when I find humor in my day and my mood relaxes, so does the level of worry that ‘Lenny’ will flare up and mess with my day at all.
So, for now, this is where ‘Lenny and Me’ are at for today, thankfully ‘Lenny’ is not causing any issues today to complicate my routine issues any more than I already have.
Now is the time for the QUESTION OF THE MOMENT.
QUESTION OF THE MOMENT TODAY IS:
- Do you have within your daily, weekly routines some time for laughter or humor?
- If you do, what makes you laugh and how does it help in your battle with your own chronic illness?
A REMINDER – Do you have any comments or questions about my postings, then feel free to leave a comment on either at this blog, at the email address of firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/copdtravels/.
ALWAYS REMEMBER (because I have COPD and severe Asthma) – If you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings, and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or Asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer medical founded information.