When a person has received the diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) or end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), it is a lot to take in at first. Developing the habit of looking for less serious sides and using humor can help the patient to better cope with this drastic life-style change.
“Laughter lifts us over high ridges and lights up dark valleys in a way that makes life look so much easier. It is a priceless gem, a gift of release and healing (…)” said Alan Cohen, the author of multiple inspirational books.
This approach is also advised by Steve Wilson, psychologist, the author of “Keep Your Funny Side Up: Discover the Humor Perspective” article posted by The Kidney Citizen. Steve said “It is not what is happening to us that hurts; it’s how we think about what is happening to us.”
In the article, he also stated that you can’t control events, but you can learn to control your thoughts and reactions to them. In tough situations it is important to remember that we are in charge of our reactions and we may as well approach it less serious.
“Find the laughable side of a situation” said Steve, “and you will reduce the emotional tension, which is part of your stress. Humor is a perspective that provides psychological distance. It allows you to step back and take a second (or third) look at things. From that psychological distance, troubles don’t seem as large, and you can see more of the resources to help solve the problem.”
Read the full article “Keep Your Funny Side Up: Discover the Humor Perspective” posted by The Kidney Citizen.