Its funny but I’ve been thinking a lot about comedy and humour recently, and suddenly everywhere I look I’m reading about humour in Recovery too – maybe I’m just a little more aware as its on my mind, I don’t think I’m prophetic!!

As we plan our 30th birthday celebrations I’m really keen to include some humour as its such an overlooked aspect of life in Recovery.  Some of the funniest people I know are in Recovery and we mustn’t forget there’s a large number of celebrity comedians in Recovery (don’t panic we won’t be naming them here).

Humour is a wonderful therapeutic tool when working with a range of behavioural issues, addictions too.  We can all identify how a really good belly laugh, fun and laughter with friends or a self effacing laugh at ourselves makes us feel so much better.  I often hear testimonies from clients saying they’ve never shared so much laughter before their treatment experience.

Laughter is an antidote to stress, anxiety and pain.  Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humour lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert

“Your sense of humour is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” ~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.

So given its power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health, ensure it’s a daily part of your Recovery routine… Laugh long, laugh loud, laugh and keep well, one Day at a Time.

If you know anyone –preferably in Recovery – who could contribute to our 30th Celebrations (07 September) please do let us know…