I have read many articles that say when hard times hit to make sure you find time to laugh. It’s a really nice sentiment, but it isn’t easy to do, especially when you are struggling with mental or physical illness. No matter how people tell you to laugh about it instead of crying, it’s not always doable. The heaviness creeps in and takes such a strong hold that it can sometimes feel like you are actually being suffocated.

autumn-1874031_1920Don’t get me wrong, they are absolutely right to say that laughter helps. There is no way to overstate the importance of laughter through challenging times. If you have someone in your life that can make you giggle through the torrent of tears, keep them near. They are more valuable than you could ever imagine. Surrounding yourself with people who can reach through the darkness and pull you through even if it’s only for a few minutes will help get through the bad times.

I am extremely grateful for a partner who makes me laugh. Each day ends with a smile, no matter how difficult my day was or in how much pain I am. Even when I wake up in the middle of the night because of pain and burst into tears because I can’t take it anymore, he manages to do or say something that makes me smile.

If you don’t have that special person who can make you smile in the hardest of time, try putting on fail videos, a silly comedy, but whatever you do, do not watch soldier returning home videos, although they are very sweet and heartfelt, they will make you cry like a baby.