Laughter Raises Happiness Levels

Laughter Raises Happiness Levels

Laughter is the best medicine:

Content Dear Readers: Laughter may not cure depression, but it can go a long way in preventing it or sustaining treatment.

Many years ago, Norman Cousins wrote a book called “The Anatomy of An Illness.” He had suffered from collagen disease. To treat it, he took massive doses of vitamin C and then locked himself up in a hotel room for two weeks. During his stay, he rented a supply of the funniest videos he could find. Laughter gave him periods of pain free sleep.

He got well and the book chronicles his recovery, using laughter as a part of his healing routine.

To get started I’d like to recount a silly event in my life.

In the 1980s, I was involved in community theater, playing the role of the vocal teacher in “The Night of the Iguana.” Now this woman is a real “beatch” and I couldn’t capture the essence of the part. So the night of the first performance, I decided to do a bit of character acting. I sat in the greenroom for about 10 minutes thinking about the one person in my life who could really push my buttons, my father. When it came time for me to go onstage, I ran out screaming out my first line – “The bus is coming!”

The prompter dropped her book, screaming “You scared the —-out of me!” I was to run after the leading man, wielding a purse and a sweater. As I came out, his eyes nearly crossed in terror. We both forgot our lines so we meandered around the stage saying heaven knows what until the prompter finally found the book along with her wits. I finally got my lines back as she screamed them to me. The leading man later told me he thought I was going to kill him and director said: “I don’t know what you just did, but do it again for the next three nights.

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