Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Best Medicine

"Elder Neal A. Maxwell once said, 'We are here in mortality, and the only way to go is through; there isn't any around!' I would add, the only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache."
— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

I have also heard that crying releases endorphins. Other studies have shown that tears shed during times of high emotion (versus crying because you got dust in your eyes) have a much higher hormone content; researchers concluded that means a good cry can get the stress out of your head- literally- and make you feel better.

Some have said that laughter is the best medicine, but in my opinion the winning formula is a combination of fervent prayer, laughing often, crying when appropriate, and Tylenol as needed.

And during the rare moments when something makes you laugh so hard you cry- take a picture!


tiff snedaker said...

Yeah, I think tears with meaning have a few more hormones behind them. I can't even fathom how much you must miss Lee. You are definitely right when you talk of a combination of emotions. Laughter, I'm sure is the best and that picture - definitely says laughs. :) Hang in there.

Marianne said...

Ha Ha, I want to spank those cute little bums. Is that weird? I love that quote by Sister Hinkley.

By the way, we've literally been sick for the whole last month, but as soon as we're all better, I'm inviting you over!

Karen said...

SMILE!! Love those kiddos! My inner bum monster wants to come and get those little bums!

Amber said...

amen and amen.
I actually watched Sense & Sensibility the other night (I'd never seen it before), and just sobbed at the end. It had been a long time since I'd cried that hard. And it did feel really good.

Melissa Durtschi said...

Thank You so much for the validation. Being a single parent so stinks.....huh? And you have to treasure every picture that makes you laugh til you cry.

love your guts!!! (and the rest of you too!!!)

Erin said...

You tell Jana that I fed her fish. Every last one of them. :) And give yourself a hug from me. A little awkward to do, I know, but sometimes it just needs to be done.

Melinda said...

Haha, I LOVE it!