Last winter, housebound and often in bed, I watched the video above many times every day. Who knows why it makes me laugh out loud—though I will admit, dogs and food rank as two of my favorite things.
At any rate, more than 123 million YouTube views say I am not alone. I am pretty sure I accounted for a healthy portion of that number.
Let me just say that it’s a downer struggling to recover from a disease that affects your mind, your body, your family life, your career, and your bank account. Sometimes you just have to look to humor to get by.
To my daily task list (swallow pills, infuse IV drugs, inject blood thinner, follow steps to detox, rest, exercise (baby steps), rest some more, and eat loads of vitamin-rich food), I have added: laugh.
Followers meet for regular sessions. They start with a forced laugh or two and allow the mood to spread contagiously from person to person. Pretty soon the gleeful, feel-good sound is cascading around the room.
Dr. Kataria offers this tip: “Fake it ‘til you make it.” All around the world, people are gathering together for laughter therapy and better health.
Want to give it a try? You don’t need to join a group, just click on these links:
- Enjoy this irresistible video of a laughing baby and notice how you feel.
- Check out this how-to video by a certified laughter-yoga teacher.
- Giggle by yourself with a lesson from Dr. Kataria.
Trust me. Sometimes, laughter really is the best medicine.
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