In healing – what the doctor didn’t tell you

After a major surgery of any type, doctors will tell you that you need rest, and extra protein to assist in the healing of tissues. They could be right; I have never been accused of being a doctor. But just like Readers Digest has told us for decades; Laughter is the Best medicine, laughter and smiles.

Over the years, surgeries and my collection of scars from various surgeries I have learned the value of humorous stories, silly jokes, and smiling faces to assist everyone from the doctors, the nurses, and also the patient.

Smiling faces make a huge difference in our lives and our attitudes.

f8342527-2420-4bb7-8ee0-07b8ba596672-990-000000e5034079b8At the most painful times in our lives, a joke relieves faster than a Tylenol a quick dose of endorphins (endorphin definition: a chemical naturally, released in the brain to reduce pain, that in large amounts can make you feel relaxed or full of energy.)

Chuckle, I can still recall some of the silly jokes I told back in 1986 when I survived a five month hospital stay.  I’m thinking of the three-legged chicken story. 🙂

At the risk of causing an ear-worm (defined in the urban dictionary as follows –A song stuck in your head. Came from the German word, “ohrwurm,” which means earworm litterally, and a song stuck in the head not literally.)

Whenever I see your smiling face
I have to smile myself
Because I love youJames Taylor

Smiling faces are a gift; the medicine that your doctor didn’t tell you about.   A close friend and a laugh always makes me smile, whether from a phone call or in person.  Some people make you smile merely at the sight of them.

If you have family and friends who give you smiles, call yourself rich, that is certainly a huge part of what I call my treasure, family and friends who give me smiles and help me to heal, and make every day better.

mandy 2000

My daughter is a smile giver.

 Sincerely, I wish all the best to you,  have fun , be yourself and smile. 


Thank YOU to everyone who reads, likes and comments to my blog.

I have created some other categories also if you are inclined to investigate including a five-part ultra short story involving a character named Skywalker.  (It will make more sense if you start at the beginning.)

May smiles fill your life today and in your future 🙂


About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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8 Responses to In healing – what the doctor didn’t tell you

  1. LA says:



  2. Laughter has gotten me through so much pain. I wouldn’t know how to live without laughter


  3. equipsblog says:

    Thanks for this timely reminder that laughter is the best medicine. I will have to line up some good fun reading and some cheerful friends.

    Liked by 1 person

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