Okay so im totally stealing this awesome idea. I cannot take credit for it but when I heard it I had to share. One of my professors is battling melanoma. She is brilliant, passionate, young and someone who has helped me through my journey. I don't want to get into too many details because she is a private person but just know that this is a huge tragedy in my life. I think about her daily and she is always in my prayers.
Well one gift that was given to her was a "Laugh Basket". What an awesome idea. Everyone gathered together and picked out their favorite Comedies, put them into a basket and brought it to her. I wish I thought of this myself. When I was battling my dear friend Shaken Fruit gave me a super awesome stand up comedy DVD. It was the first time I had laughed that hard since I was diagnosed.
"Laughter activates the chemistry of the will to live and increases our capacity to fight disease. Laughing relaxes the body and reduces problems associated with high blood pressure, strokes, arthritis, and ulcers. Some research suggests that laughter may also reduce the risk of heart disease. Historically, research has shown that distressing emotions (depression, anger, anxiety, and stress) are all related to heart disease. A study done at the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that a good sense of humor and the ability to laugh at stressful situations helps mitigate the damaging physical effects of distressing emotions."
So, if you know someone who is feeling down or is sick give them the gift of laughter, give them the "laugh basket"