Pain Relief from Kindness and Laughter

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Have you ever suffered from searing pain that…

  • drained the blood from your body and almost made you pass out?
  • kept you up all night?
  • made you feel depressed, hopeless, and scared that it will never get better?

It was exactly this time of the year last year that I was living in this nightmare. A year ago, I couldn’t walk without being in excruciating pain. Simple activities such as sitting, standing, and sleeping made me anxious and worried from the unexpected shooting pain. Both unfortunately and fortunately this painful episode lasted for about one month. While it was unfortunate that I experienced intense pain, it was fortunate that I saw a glimpse of what life was like for people living with chronic pain and importantly able to see firsthand the healing power of two unlikely techniques— an act of kindness and an act of laughter.

Dismal with Disability

What led to my temporary disability is still unknown to me.  I was in great shape last year! I had a personal trainer and worked hard at keeping my weight within a reasonable range. I felt good about myself, I had great energy, and I enjoyed seeing my favorite clothes falling nicely in areas that they were supposed to. To this day, I cannot pinpoint the very moment when it started. Over and over I asked myself.

Was it working out too hard and not stretching long enough?

Was it the way I slept?

Was it my new high heels I wore to match my holiday dress?

 Who knows? All I know was I was in pain and I felt miserable!

The Pain

I always took pride in having a high tolerance for pain but this one was nothing like I’ve ever experienced. I thought I knew what pain was. I’ve had plantar fasciitis on both feet as I worked 12 hour shifts as a nurse. I’ve had shooting sciatica pain from my pregnancies that would have me gripping the furniture or walls around me so I didn’t fall down. Lastly, I endured natural deliveries twice because my childbirth labor always came fast. But this holiday pain felt like a perfect storm of angry sciatica pain, tight hamstring muscles and back pain. The jolt of spasm would catch me so unexpectedly that I would gasp with pain and feel cold, sweaty, and pale from a head rush of blood, making me feel as though I was going to pass out.

Natural Cures

Although I am a nurse, I always went for natural cures before going to the doctors. Years of learning over a dozen proven Complementary Alternative Medicine techniques and Positive Psychology provided me with an array of modalities and techniques to try. I tried everything I had in my natural tool-box such as: Reiki, hot and cold compresses, muscle rubs, homeopathy, and magnets. I went for weekly chiropractic adjustments and deep tissue massages. Little by little I started to feel better but my recovery didn’t start to sky rocket until I did something different. That something different was doing something for someone else. I found that doing something good for someone else help me stop ruminating on my self-pity and suffering. It helped me think of someone else who I cared about and this made me feel better and better.

Doing Good to Feel Good

One day during my one of my more painful afternoons, I decided to do something to get my mind off my pain. I decided to contact an old friend, who had been going through a divorce. Because we had not been in contact for awhile I wasn’t sure how he was doing. When I did reach him, I told him that I was going to give him a special present that I called “7 Days of Cheer.” I explained to him that I was going to send him one pun per day for a week. Knowing that he was very busy, sending him daily puns was a great way for him to know I was thinking him and wishing him well. He agreed to play along and I started. Every day, I looked for puns that I loved; ones that made me laugh so hard that I couldn’t wait but send to him. The puns were silly but hilarious.

Happy Inside and Out

I loved reading the puns during the day because they made me feel happy inside and out. This new found idea was exciting and made me feel good. Each day I looked forward to finding just the perfect pun to send him. The more I sent him, the more I noticed I felt better and better. I noticed something profound that I had been teaching all along in my stress management and wellness workshops for busy professionals.  I noticed that doing kind deeds for someone else does boost your own happiness, decrease feelings of depression, and reduces pain levels.  Further, I noticed the very same thing with laughter as well. As a laughter yoga teacher for professionals, seniors, and cancer survivors, I knew that laughter also provides the same positive benefits. I was amazed at how laughing and doing kind deeds helped reduce my pain.

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Positivity for Pain Relief

Acts of kindness and laughter, although a very unlikely pairing, provide powerful doses of positivity that are sure to help with pain relief. Our natural pain killer hormones called endorphins are secreted within our brain and nervous system when acts of kindness  are done and with deep hearty laughter. Endorphins, our bodies’ natural pain killers, are similar to morphine that is prescribed by doctors for severe pain. What seemed like a great idea to distract me from pain while cheering up a good friend, quickly became a main source of pain relief. It was as if my inner physician knew what I needed to help me feel better, and I am grateful that I listened to her. It was no surprised that his 7-day gift became a 14-day gift. Not only did my friend enjoy my gift, I was able to experience the pain relief that both kindness and laughter had to offer. It was a holiday that I will always remember.

More on Kindness and Laughter

Both acts of kindness and laughter have much in common. They are known to:

  • decrease pain
  • boost levels of happiness
  • decrease levels of anxiety
  • lead to faster healing

Gifting the “7 Days of Cheer”

Are you or someone you know suffering from any sort of physical, mental, or emotional pain?

Would you like to try something that doesn’t cost anything except your time and energy to feel better?

Are you interested in applying simple techniques that can make you feel better whether or not you are suffering from pain?

I invite you to try the “7 Days of Cheer” with anyone of your family or friends. It’s a fun and unique way to feel good as you do something good for someone. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Here’s how you can start.

  1. Pick a family member or friend that you want to give a special gift to.
  2. Contact that person and let him or her know about what you want to do.
  3. Decide on the length of time you want to do it.
  4. Use the internet for funny images, quotes, or video clips.
  5. Begin.
  6. Notice how you feel.
  7. Repeat as necessary.
  8. Have fun.

Next time you feel miserable from physical, mental, or emotional pain try taking care of it by doing something positive for someone else. It will help you to put a stop to focusing on what feels bad and instead direct you towards what feels good. Remember that your body has the capacity to help you feel better by releasing natural feel-good hormones.

Got other natural and proven ways to reduce pain? Please comment below and share it with us.

Homeopathy

Have you ever heard of the word “homeopathy”? Well, what may seem like a new buzz word in the health and wellness department of the grocery store, it really isn’t.

In fact, many famous people both past and present use it for health and healing. Please read below to get more information about this wonderful healing system that has been around for over 200 years.

As the Health & Happiness Specialist™ and one who has studied Classical Homeopathy, it is my intention to bring awareness of this healing modality to help you gain a basic understanding of its power to heal.

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*Please note: this newsletter is solely informative in nature and not meant to replace your current medical regiment.

Did you know that Homeopathy is considered to be the fastest growing system of medicine in the world?

In this day and age where natural healing modalities are becoming widely accepted, I am hearing more and more people asking about homeopathy and what it is. Homeopathy seems to be becoming a “fad” word in the health and wellness world and I believe it deserves some attention to educate the public.

As a graduate student of the Teleosis School of Homeopathy in Cambridge, MA., I have come to respect the power of this medicine from 4 years of studying various case studies of people overcoming mental-emotional and even physical disabilities and ailment from the use of the right homeopathic remedy. Homeopathy has become such an important part of my life that I never leave home without it. I am a firm believer in its effectiveness to help people feel better.

As mentioned in my newsletter a few years ago when my oldest son went away to college, I gave him his very own homeopathic first aid kit. I rejoiced when he would call and tell me that he is recovering from a cold or flu after taking the remedies I instructed him to take in his kit. I have given homeopathy to my husband after he slammed the garage door on one of his fingers one summer right before leaving for our family vacation. Minutes after taking the remedy, we were on our way to our family vacation without so much as an inkling of pain from him. I have given a remedy to my one of the painters that was working on my house (with his permission of course) who was suffering from food poisoning that resulted in his co-worker in being hospitalized from dehydration and discomfort, within minutes of taking the remedy, my painter was whistling Dixie from feeling better. I have taken remedies for days when I feel so exhausted that I can’t think straight. There are so many uses for the right homeopathic remedy that the possibilities are endless. Of course, one must understand that only a trained practitioner will know what the right remedy is and that is why people are encouraged to see treatment from a professional homeopath in order to gain the healing and relief that they seek.

What is homeopathy?

Here is a definition of homeopathy according to Merriam Webster Dictionary.

ho·me·op·a·thy

: a system for treating illnesses that uses very small amounts of the substances that would, in larger amounts, produce symptoms of the illnesses in healthy people

Homeopathy was discovered by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s. He based this form of natural and vibrational medicine on treating “like with like.” This theory is based on an idea that a condition can be cured by a substance that produces the same signs and symptoms in a healthy person. Further, from his studies and experiments, he found that a highly diluted form of a natural substance can become more potent and effective.  The dilution process is repeated so many times that one will no longer be able to detect the chemical properties of the original substance under a microscope. In fact what is left is the energetic property of that substance. Homeopathy treats according to the presenting symptoms and not the name of the disease or ailments.

Don’t call it alternative medicine in Europe!

Homeopathy is so widely accepted and used in Europe that for it to be called an Alternative Medicine can be insulting to some Europeans. This form of medicine is an integral part of European mainstream medicine. There are homeopathy clinics that sells homeopathy to the public and the practicing physicians. The British Royal Family has used and supported homeopathy since 1830s and has a longstanding presence in Britain’s national health care system. In the past there were 22 homeopathic medical schools in the US, including Boston University, University of Michigan, New York Medical College just to name a few.

It’s been proven to work.

There is research data that supports the efficacy of this medicine. It’s been proven to be effective in treating infections, wound healing, hay fever, rheumatoid discomfort, mental or psychological disorder, and digestive system ailments. More information can be read from The British Medical Journal. **

Many famous people use it.

Here is the list of famous people who benefited from homeopathy they are:

Louisa May Alcott, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry David Thoreau, and Harriett Beecher Stowe, Gandhi, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Pamela Anderson, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Cher, Cindy Crawford, etc.

Who can use it?

Under the treatment of a trained practitioner, Homeopathy is said to be very safe and effective for anyone. Infants, elderly people, people with ailments, pregnant women, etc. have benefited from homeopathy.

What does it look like?

Homeopathic remedies come in lactose white round pellets or pastille from manufacturers. It can also be prepared by the homeopath or the clinic in a liquid form. Regardless of how it is provided always read the direction, do your research, and consult with a professional before taking it.

Next time you walk down the organic section of your local grocery take a look at the health and wellness section and see just how many homeopathy remedies or medicines that are being sold. If you have any questions about the remedy seek the help of your local homeopath to gain the best guidance and treatment.

*Disclaimer: This newsletter is not meant to replace medical treatment or a prescription for you to start using homeopathy. You are always encouraged to seek professional advice and care before using any of these homeopathic remedies.

** J. Kleijnen, P. Knipschild, G. ter Riet, “Clinical Trials of Homoeopathy,” British Medical Journal, February 9, 1991, 302:316-323.