by Peter Waite
I've long believed that humor is essential to healing well. Certainly nothing can help us feel better than a good laugh! But it's not always easy to be open to it. Blogger Carla Ulbrich helps us realize that it really isn't that hard. Carla is the author of a new book titled How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?: Reclaim Your Health with Humor, Creativity, and Grit. It is filled with funny, wry and honest observations and essays about coping with chronic illness. I like this book because it doesn't ignore or trivialize the reality of chronic illness. Yet she has a hopeful outlook on life which opens up new horizons and possibilities if we just look for them.
Here is a quick summary of her new book:
"Having a sense of humor is essential to health, says singer-songwriter Carla Ulbrich, who has found laughter to be a lifesaver during tough times. Under the stress of multiple illnesses and constant health ''care,'' Ulbrich one day snapped and became the Singing Patient. She channeled her hard won victories, set about reclaiming her health, and penned How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?, a collection of short, inspiring, funny essays that help people thrive and celebrate life despite illness.
As Ulbrich spins her tale (and shares some songs), she lampoons common fears and prejudices about illness and lovingly lambastes the foibles of the medical industry. She offers heartfelt and humorous advice for navigating mainstream and alternative therapies, and she guides partners, families, and friends who wish to help their loved ones. Her candid insights, wisecracking commentary, handy lists, hilarious song lyrics, and gentle camaraderie will put a smile on the face of anyone who wants to face illness with courage and humor."
Check out Carla's blog: Lupus, Humor, and Wellness
Peter Waite, M.S., M.A. is founder and CEO of HealingWell.com, and holds graduate degrees from Utah State University and Brandeis University. Founded in 1997, HealingWell.com is the foremost support community on diseases, conditions, and chronic illness. HealingWell.com has been featured by BBC Online, USA Today, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Industry Standard, Reader's Digest, PBS.org, Forbes.com, and USA Weekend Magazine. HealingWell.com has also been the recipient of numerous health industry awards. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and four children.