A few months ago, my son was in a terrible car accident. Now, he can’t work, can’t workout, can’t type, and has trouble reading. While he is expected to make a full recovery, he is pretty disappointed while he waits. He is fighting depression.
This morning, he told me that he was going to start each day with comedy. “I think it will cheer me up”, he told me.
I was immediately reminded of Norman Cousins’ book, The Anatomy of an Illness. In the 1960’s Mr. Cousins was diagnosed with a degenerative disease. He was given a few months to live. He decided that if he was going to die, he was going to die laughing.
He started watching as many funny movies as he could find.
Sure enough, he didn’t die. Instead, he recovered, went back to work, and ultimately told the story in The Anatomy of an Illness. The book remains a classic.
You can watch a short clip of Norman Cousins speaking about this here: http://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/norman-cousins-a-laughterpain-case-study/
Turns out, laughter might be the best medicine after all. So, with that in mind, watch this:
Have a happy Saturday!
P.S. How many bureaucrats does it take to change a lightbulb? Two. One bureaucrat assures everyone that all is going to be fine. Everything is going to be okay. Meanwhile, the other bureaucrat screws the new lightbulb into the kitchen faucet.
P.S.S. Why does NASA no longer send dogs into space? Their faces kept burning off on re-entry.
How does Harry Potter come down hills? He walks. J.K. Rolling.
Okay, okay. I’ll stop.
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