It’s okay to laugh

When terrible things happen, one of the first things to disappear in the chaos is laughter. Somehow all the smiles and giggles that once filled the day get tossed to the wind and pushed aside giving other things more important. Things like fear, anger, sadness and worries.

For many people, laughter just doesn’t fit with all that’s happening in their crazy, mixed up world. I mean, how can anyone laugh when their life is falling apart. It just seems impossible…absurd…oh, so wrong.

Laughing does not mean a person is ignoring their reality. It does not mean they are being careless, ignorant or naive. It just means that they are putting down all those weighty, life altering thoughts for awhile in order to rest and build up the strength needed for the upcoming journey.

No one knows how long a difficult time will last. It could be hours, days, years or a lifetime. And laughter is one of those things that simply makes the steps lighter and easier to make. I, myself, have been known to laugh through tears. That’s kind of like those times when it’s raining outside while the sun is still shining. Seems impossible, but it happens.

Over the years living with a progressively worsening chronic illness, I have discovered that laughter is the very thing, the glue, that holds life together when tragedy strikes. Once laughter is gone, all else falls apart so much faster and harder.

Laughter is important. It’s needed. It’s what puts that little bit of sanity into the insane. It brings out the rainbow and butterflies, and chases away the clouds.

Never apologize for laughing and don’t ever feel guilty for enjoying life in the struggle. The person that can enjoy the journey regardless of the potholes, ditches and mud puddles is a rare breed. Be that rare breed.

Don’t let the things you are facing today take away your ability to laugh. Wear a smile through the tears, go against the flow and allow yourself to laugh, really laugh…and keep on laughing.

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About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

6 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Yes it has been hard to realize you have lost the joy to laugh. I’m trying to get it back (like my mojo) an start at least enjoying what I have been left with. It is important to see funny things around but not to put them down.
    Since 1990 I have been slowly stripped off my laughter so I figure it’s time to get it back in some form.
    Thankyou Penelope it seems you know some of what I fl like.

  2. Judy
    Judy says:

    Laughter brings on endorphins which are produced naturally by the body. Movement and exercise do this too. Smiling helps, even if you don’t feel like it!

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