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25-Laughter truly is the best medicine

Brianne has always been an amazing teacher. Everywhere she taught, her students adored her. Her current kindergarten class was no exception and they dearly missed her. So it wasn't a surprise that her students wrote her various cards and letters throughout the beginning of her journey. Devon, (Brianne's brother) decided to do a little embellishing or deciphering on what the kindergartners may have been meaning by their photos and writings. He had her laughing for quite a while... anything to get her smiling!

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

— E E Cummings

Laughter is one of the best activities to de-stress, it enlightens your mood and helps you feel better no matter the circumstances. Laughter creates endorphins that promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain... wait... what? Laughter also helps you connect with others, it can 'break the ice' in a tense situation, it can make you feel at ease with new people, and it certainly keeps our minds in a 'brighter' place. And these are just a few things that laughter can do. I believe when we are optimistic, happy, and laugh more often that even on the toughest of days can be lightened. Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic that backs up these findings.

Good news right?

I found this quote in a FORBES article very timely:

"What this all amounts to is that laughter fosters rigorous brain-region connectivity that kicks in when we hear a laugh, as our brains work to decipher what sort of communication is coming through."

That is incredible to hear how it fosters brain-region connectivity, we will do anything it takes to reconnect the brain!

Dale kept trying to make Brianne laugh...
Dale kept trying to make Brianne laugh...

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

— Victor Hugo

You can truly see that in her face, the melting of sad and hard, even for just a few minutes. That makes it worth every second!

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

— Mark Twain

Having *Alex be here for that visit finally helped propel her recovery upwards! After that and with a couple visits a week, Brianne started doing things she hadn't been able to for so long. He gave her the hope, we knew he would.

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