A cheerful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22
There are difficulties in life that we all have to get through. Some stressful moments go down easier with a little humor.
“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” – Robert Frost
“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Author unknown
I have found that many people can snap out of their crappy attitude if they could just laugh a little. My wife is one of those people. One day when my wife was chemically challenged due to life’s natural cycles, she lost touch with reality. We had agreed, during a sane moment, that this emotional overload came each month about the same date. We picked up an over-the-counter remedy that proved itself to be very effective.
The problem I encountered was that when she got mad, and things got bad, she felt it was “all my fault” and not a chemical issue. My greatest challenge was to get her to take “the pills” when they were needed.
One day during an “encounter,” I recognized it was my duty to recalibrate her, so I got up and headed to the medicine cabinet for the known remedy. I was pursued violently with the words, “If you bring me one of those pills I will cram it up your *beep*.”
I did what any young, reasonable, newly married man would do in that situation. I went quietly into the kitchen, drew a glass of water and returned to the room with the pills. Without saying anything, I set down the water and pills, turned, dropped my drawers, and bent over exposing the intended location. Humor took over and I was spared the procedure.
Sometimes moments of laughter are exactly what we need to endure life’s trials. My actions helped her cross the treacherous canyon of her anger and frustration by providing a bridge of laughter.
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning to do afterward.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
I hope sharing my story helped you giggle a bit, and even laugh out loud. Try a little humor. I guarantee it is good medicine.