Living With An Autoimmune Disease: Find Some Time To Laugh Every Day

24716340_MThere’s so much about having an autoimmune disease that’s serious. It’s sad and disheartening and heavy. So we have just one question for you today: Have you taken some time to laugh today? Have you at least cracked a smile?

It is so incredibly important to take some time to enjoy yourself every single day. This is even true for those of us who have an autoimmune disease! So if you have answered, “No,” to our question about laughing today, we need to change that. We truly believe that life is too short to be serious and sad all the time. Plus, there are some truly great benefits that can come from taking some time every day to laugh a little.

There are some serious health benefits that can come from laughter.

According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, laughter can bring stress relief, soothe the tension you’re feeling, and release endorphins into your brain. This very simple act of having a good time can really help all of us, regardless of the health problems we’re dealing with.

Having an autoimmune disease can be really stressful. Most of us are always looking for ways to relieve that stress and help us feel better about our situations. Have you considered laughter as a way to ease this stress and tension? Experts say that it just may be able to help.

Your autoimmune disease should never stop you from finding humor in life.

We know that it’s a scary, trying time. But your diagnosis doesn’t mean that nothing will ever be funny to you again. You definitely know this to be true if you have kids or best friends. It’s important to make sure that you’re still taking the time to enjoy life and laugh at it. It’s even okay to laugh at the hand you’ve been dealt with this disease.

If you can’t automatically think of something to laugh at, you don’t need to give up. You can watch a comedy movie or tv show, tell funny jokes with your kids or friends, or listen to a humorous comedian or podcast. There are so many different ways you can find something to laugh at.

Here are some jokes to help you get your laughs in today.

These are some jokes we wanted to share with you, courtesy of Reader’s Digest:

1) Q: What do George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Christopher Columbus all have in common?
A: They were all born on holidays.

2) A dog walks into a butcher shop and the butcher asks, “What do you want?” The dog points to steak in a glass case. “How many pounds?” The dog barks twice. “Anything else?” The dog points to some pork chops and barks four times. So the butcher wraps up a two-pound steak and four pork chops, and places the bag in the dog’s mouth. He then takes money from a purse tied around the dog’s neck, and sees him out.

A customer, who has been watching in amazement, follows the dog to a house several blocks away, where it rings the doorbell to be let in. As the owner appears at the door, the customer says, “What a remarkable dog!”

“Remarkable?” snorts the owner. “This is the second time this week he’s forgotten his keys.”

We hope you take some time today to laugh! It’s good for your health and for your soul. No matter how serious your autoimmune disease is, there’s always time to laugh a little.



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Katie Cleary is founder of  She lives with her autoimmune conditions and her family in Austin, Texas.

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