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MAGAZINE / Jan - Feb2007 / Laughter: Medicine for the Heart

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Laughter: Medicine for the Heart

By Jane E. Maxwell

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Then as we turned on the TV and radio to some of his old favorites — “I Love Lucy,” “Abbot and Costello,” “All in the Family,” and “Mayberry RFD,” along with the music we grew up with, we began to laugh. Tensions faded, muscles relaxed, pain was lessened and we reconnected. Laughter reminded me that one is much more than his or her illness. We are all persons first, still alive and able to enjoy levity. Joy is still possible for the patient and the caregiver.

Try keeping a journal of humorous things you see, hear or read. Place cartoons on your refrigerator or bulletin board. They will be there when you need them. Avoid negative people. Don’t put yourself down. Call someone today to arrange to meet for a few hours to renew your spirit. It truly will be medicine for your heart.“

A sense of humor can help us overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable.” —Moshe Waldoks



Jane E. Maxwell is a Registered Nurse and hospice volunteer. She has cared for hundreds of patients over her forty-year career, many with terminal illness. She was a caregiver for her husband and other loved ones for several years. She is the author of the book, “Lifelines for Caregivers.”

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