If you haven’t already seen it, check out the Spring 2013 edition of Crohn’s Advocate Magazine (FYI – right now, I think the winter edition is online at the moment). A few articles about using humor to deal with Crohn’s Disease, which is a topic I fully agree with!
Most inflammatory bowel diseases usually don’t leave you with a “happy” feeling but laughter does tend to improve your overall well-being (and certainly your mental well-being). So, trying to find something to laugh about, for me, is certainly a way to cope with the various aspects of this disease and living with an ostomy.
Finding you can laugh at yourself instead of getting mad or depressed is certainly a better feeling.
Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly times I get mad and depressed. I have yelled and cried and thrown things around in trying to deal with the emotional and physical upheaval that this disease puts you through.
However, I found found I enjoy myself and life a whole lot more when I try to find something funny in the situation and laugh about it. I highly recommend this.
If you have trouble laughing at your situation, then find something to laugh about: a funny movie, a funny comic, a funny friend…just laugh. It certainly isn’t a cure for the disease, but it sure makes living life a lot more enjoyable.