I don't think I've ever taken myself too seriously, and upon learning my diagnosis, that didn't really change. Yes, there are times in life when laughing isn't an option, but I like to think smiling and sharing the humor in life, helps with some of the dark moments. Whether you have Crohn's disease like I do, another disease, cancer, or are dealing with any other incredibly challenging curveball life throws your way, a little belly laughter can help ease those tough times. I've found positivity in general is a mindset. Upon waking, I truly try and focus on positive and happy thoughts. It can help dictate the path of your day. I know that some people with IBD are offended by poo humor (and I certainly understand that perspective), but for as many times "poop" is brought up in this household, there better be some pretty epic funnies going on too. Look at it as a bit of a coping mechanism. After all, keeping stress levels down is key to keeping symptoms at bay. I think that not only goes for people with IBD, but also mirrors everything in life. High stress can cause sleep deprivation, lethargy, hair loss, depression, anxiety.....and the list goes on. Do me a favor and tell someone a joke and see how it both makes you feel. Surround yourself by happy and funny people and see what it does for your mental health. Don't take everything too seriously. Life is too short. Be silly once and awhile. The serious stuff will always be there, but make your prominent smile be the thing that overcomes that. By the way this picture was taken on our honeymoon in 2014. If you've ever been to Florence, you might recognize this little shop near the Duomo.
Laughter Really is the Best Medicine
Updated: Jan 6, 2020