Have you ever tried to cheer up a friend who is in pain?
As a friend or spouse, it’s hard to know what to do or say to cheer them up. Most of us have probably had an experience with pain that was more than your can bare. So maybe you can relate, a bit. But when there is little hope for any relief it can bring you down.
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The Downward Slope
Fibromyalgia pain can be a downward, slippery slope into depression when the pain becomes overwhelming and doctors and even friends are saying it’s all in our heads. But the pain is very real and at times, very overwhelming.
As a friend or spouse, it’s hard to know what to do or say to encourage.
Most of us have probably had an experience with pain that was more than your can bare. So maybe you can relate, a bit. But when there is little hope for any relief it can bring you down.
So what can a friend do to help?
In previous posts, I have shown that directing our minds to other things could help. I’m thinking the best thing to do is add laughter into the mix. After all, even the Bible says that laughter and a cheery countenance is good medicine.
Proverbs 15:30 (The Voice)
30 Bright eyes and a cheerful expression bring joy to the heart,
and good news revives the spirit and renews health.
Proverbs 17:22 (NLT)
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
So maybe the best thing we can do for a fibro friend is to add laughter. Always be thinking and looking for something that brings a smile or a good belly laugh.
Below is an excerpt from my writings last year. Take Your Medicine
- Share a joke or something funny on Facebook every day.
- Watch funny sitcoms together. I like the old re-runs that are much cleaner.
- Watch comedy movies together.
- Christian Comedian DVD’s [Tim Hawkins, Mark Lowry, Ken Davis, Chonda Pierce just released a DVD called Laughing in the Dark,
- Reminisce about the good old days.[Look at old photo albums]
- Play board games.
- The hardest action is speaking positively. It’s OK to talk about your pain but save that for the doctor. Friends, help your fibro friend keep a positive attitude by changing your discussions to more upbeat topics.
I’m sure there are more ideas for creating laughter. Go ahead and share them in the comments.
Feeling your pain & sharing your joy!
A little taste of Chonda Pierce Humor
I’m joining Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday crew. Writing on the prompt “CHEER”. Since I am in the midst of my series on fibromyalgia, I’ll keep that theme as well.”