[For this blog post, i am thankful to Karyn Buxman for allowing me to share some images and information from her website]
Since my birth I have been hearing “Laughter is the best medicine”. As a kid I never believed it. Whenever I got ill, instead of convincing me to laugh, my parents made me drink all sort of crazy syrups.
Now that I have my own kids, I do the same to the kids, but at the same time encourage them to develop a strong sense of humor. Of course by laughing or smiling your fever won’t go away but it will make your suffering bearable.
Studies have shown positive results of smile / laughter on your health. By laughing, we manage to reduce a stress harmone in our bodies called “Cortisol”, while the level of “Endorphins” increases which creates a chemical rush that fights negative feeling and stress. It also eases muscle tension which is good for rheumatism and so on. I think those days are not far away when your doctor will be prescribing a heavy dose of daily laughter and smile along with the pills for most of the diseases.
Take for example diabetes. Karyn Buxman, full time professional speaker, writer, consultant and the publisher of the renowned Journal of Nursing Jocularity, has written the first in a series of books for patients with chronic illness: What’s So Funny About Diabetes? A Creative Approach to Coping With Your Disease
There is nothing funny about this serious disease. According to a recent report the number of diabetic patients worldwide has skyrocketed to 230 million. In Pakistan there are 7.1 million people suffering from diabetes whereas this figure could go up to 11.5 Million by 2025. In US, currently one in 10 adults has diabetes, but those numbers could go as high as 1 in 3 by the year 2050.
But when it comes to handling diabetes, there is after all something funny about it. No wonder based on its therapeutic value, laughter is indeed the best medicine even for diabetes. Humor and laughter have been shown scientifically to have positive benefits for diabetic patients. Laughter has been shown to lower blood glucose in diabetics, as well as decrease hormones that can be harmful.
Karyn’s book shows how you can incorporate humor in your daily life to better manage your diabetes. The books provide useful information not only for diabetic patients but also for the ones who are taking care of them.To read more about the book, please visit Karyn’s own page
To learn more about diabetes in Pakistan you can also join National Association of Diabetes Educators of Pakistan.
To learn more about Karyn Barynx click here