We’ve all heard it said that laughter is the best medicine. Turns out, it’s true. Having a sense of humor in the face of a serious life challenge, such as being diagnosed with, living with and fighting a disease such a breast cancer, can go a long way to improving your overall well-being.
According to research, the physical health benefits of a good belly laugh are many. It is found to boost immunity, lower stress hormones and decrease pain. Hearty laughter relaxes the whole body for up to 45 minutes, increases blood vessel strength and improves blood flow. Emotionally, it eases anxious and fearful feelings, while increasing one’s ability to bounce back from life-altering events with a sense of hope.
Comedian and cancer survivor Laura Bartlett knows this to be true.
“My cancer, tongue cancer, was so unpopular, we didn’t even get an awareness campaign!” says Laura, “Where’s my ribbon? My bracelet? My 5-K Tongue Run? We couldn’t even have a bumper sticker. That’d just be stupid. TONGUE CANCER: TOGETHER, WE CAN LICK IT!”
Currently, Laura is the producer and a cast member of the all-female comedy troupe, “Four Funny Females”, sharing the stage with Jodi Hadsell, Sherry Belle, and headliner, Linda Stogner. Dubbed “four of the funniest ladies in North Texas by WFAA Channel 8’s Good Morning Texas, and “A Don’t Miss” event by Texas Monthly Magazine, the ladies bring the funny back to the McKinney Performing Arts Center on November 19th at 8:00 p.m.
“Four Funny Females is laughter therapy,” says Laura, “People leave our comedy show happier and lighter. It’s like a weight has been lifted.”
If you’re in the process of dealing with a cancer diagnosis of your own, or other health related challenge, it might not be such a bad idea to get Laura’s prescription for a night of comedy filled. Remember all those good things I talked about a couple of paragraph’s up? Turns out, that, when folks laugh together, all those physical and emotional benefits increase even more. Not to mention it’s just plain fun.
“Having a sense of humor about cancer helped my recovery,” says Laura.
And I believe, it can help yours too. Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele