Saturday, January 3, 2009

Laugh therapy

Today I stumbled across the Web site of L.A.U.G.H. with OCD, a support group in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Its home page presents a powerful and important message: Having a good sense of humor can help people with anxiety disorders overcome their fears.

When is the last time you had a really hearty laugh, in which you burst into tears, snorted, or couldn't catch your breath? If it hasn't been awhile, call a funny friend or watch one of your favorite comedies. When we're laughing, we're not caught up in all these useless fears and anxieties, at least for the moment. And the more joy we can introduce into our lives, the less anxious we'll be.

6 comments:

Bookworm said...

I checked out Compeer and it looks really neat. Unfortunately they don't have a chapter in Toronto, which is where I live. Is there one where you are? If so, let me know what it's like if you decide to participate. Have a good day! :)

D said...

Hi, Bookworm. There is probably some sort of networking program for people with mental illnesses in Toronto, so look around. There is a Compeer program near me so I'll let you know how it goes :)

Alula Dela Cruz said...

Thanks I have anxiety too and I believe laughing helps a lot.

D said...

Hi, Alula. I agree! I'd rather be laughing than anxious :)

mrs. anonymous said...

I love those kind of laughs. It's my favorite thing next to double fudge chocolate chip cake. :)

D said...

We definitely need more of those...and more cake :)