Before you say…
“Wow Kayleen, you really are sick…”
Listen to this…
The therapeutic benefits of humor have been understood for centuries…
Laughing at the horrible conditions life throws at you have helped humans endure some of the most extreme and unimaginable situations.
I’m going to show you 2 shocking examples of how laughter was used to cope with what seems like hell on earth…
Making a point to laugh at your PTSD and in general is super important to keep your spirits up throughout your recovery.
It forces you to look on the bright side of everything.
And if you don’t believe that you can laugh at your PTSD, take a look at these 2 stories…
About 566 Vietnam War prisoners of war (POW) were extensively studied 25 years after they were returned home in 1973. *
Medical and psychological tests were run and around 300 of them were found to have little to no mental, emotional, or social problems.
How did 300 out of 566 POW’s come out seemingly unscathed?
How were they able to make it through such extreme situations?
The prisoners stated themselves that it was…
Humor allowed the POW’s to take back control.
They may not have been in control while in the camps, but they were still in control of their minds.
And humor was how they fought back and gained that control.
The POW’s actually taught each other how to use the humor as a weapon to fight back against their captors.
They intentionally looked for ways to find humor and share it will the others.
It acted as a glue that bonded the men together so they could build strength and resilience to their experiences.
The POW’s reported that they used internal humor within their own minds, as well as external humor that was shared with the group.
It was an inner and outer game for them.
The lack of mental, emotional, and medical problems for those 300 men is something that you can’t ignore.
This proves that humor is essential when going through hard times, and also that you can find humor in the darkest situations.
It is possible to find humor and things to laugh about when going through PTSD.
And it might even be the one thing that gets you through it.
“We kept our morale through humor.”
This is a simple quote from Emil Fackenheim, a philosopher and holocaust survivor from Auschwitz…
Yet again, this shows you that even in the darkest of times humans are able to find humor to lift up spirits…
Another survivor of Auschwitz, Viktor Frankl describes that he and a fellow prisoner would tell each other a funny story everyday in his book “A Man’s Search For Meaning”,
(This is a great book, but it has extremely dark firsthand experiences from the holocaust and it is not recommended for people recovering from PTSD due to the graphic details).
They would make up funny stories about things that might happen after they were freed. They used humor to help cope with their current reality without going absolutely insane.
It doesn’t matter what situation you’re in right now, you can find the good, and you can look at the horrible things you’re experiencing and laugh at it.
You can show it that you are not a slave to it, and that you can control it.
Learn from Emil and Viktor and keep up your morale through humor.
You’ve learned that it is possible to find laughter even in the darkest of times.
Now you need to take that information and bring it to life.
Learn from the ones before us who have gone through horrible things.
They were able to find the light despite all the darkness.
Use their stories as inspiration to keep pushing forward towards a brighter, happier, and funnier future.
You’ll get a even more help from my free PTSD recovery training…
This training has been designed to give you one thing…
Do you feel as though you are stuck in an endless downward spiral?
That you’re in a whirlwind of uncontrollable emotions that cannot be stopped?
And feel like you’ll be like this forever?
If so, this free webinar will give you hope.
Hope for a future that’s filled with laughter, not nightmares and fights…
Hope for a future that allows you to completely and utterly calm…
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Have it be the point in time where you stand up, fight back, and win.
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To your recovery!
*Humor – International Journal of Humor Research, Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 83–94, ISSN (Online) 1613-3722, ISSN (Print) 0933-1719, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/humr.14.1.83.