Laughter Is the Best Medicine
Stress Release for Frazzled Families
Heather and Adam, first-time parents of three-month-old twins, have felt overwhelmed since their kids were born. “I know that if I didn’t laugh when things seemed crazy that I would just constantly cry,” said Heather, who claims she’s had only three hours of sleep tops since their twins were born.
Adam said he has always been able to get through really difficult times due to his sense of humor. He credits this to his father, who often made him and his brothers laugh when they were young.
“I try to make my wife see the funny side of things whenever she looks really stressed, which these days, is about 20 times a day,” he said. “Just the other night, both babies were crying, and my wife started to cry as well because she was so overwhelmed. I then got up and began to do what I call my ‘silly disco dance,’ which managed to cheer her up and get her laughing right away.”
Lonnie Zeltzer, director of the Pediatric Pain Program at the Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California, says, “If you’re laughing, you feel better in general. And since it elevates your mood, it should do something physically to your body to create that feeling of well-being.”
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