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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Laughter Is The Best Medicine!

Proverbs 17:22   A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

We are also going to put some focus on breast cancer awareness this month, as well as domestic violence. I've had friends and family affected by both. So we are going to be alternating wearing pink purple as much as we can this month! Today, I couldn't decide, so I wore a scarf with BOTH pink and purple!!

 Scarf: via Sassy Pants
Tee: Target
Cargos: Target (94 cents after coupon!!)
Flats:Gifted from Lise

Domestic violence and breast cancer are no laughing matter but sometimes laughter is truly the best medicine.

Sharing a joke and laughing with a friend can sometimes make an unbearable situation...a little more bearable.  It's a moment of normalcy in the middle of abnormal times. It's a welcome respite from reality.

Laughter heals. That’s the motto of Save the Ta-tas - which raised awareness and more than $500,000 to fight breast cancer. Save the Ta-tas won the Change the World Gala Humanitarian Award

Laughing is fun. It's contagious, it feels good, it releases anxiety. Laughter releases endorphins that have pain-relieving properties. Laughter is GOOD!

While helping a friend that has cancer or supporting a friend that is dealing with domestic violence, sometimes they just need a little laughter. They need to talk about something that isn't so much about their situation. They need to go shopping, get a manicure, be giggly and girly and just take a minute to forget their troubles. This time is as important as any doctor visit or therapy session. Laughing together doesn't trivialize what they are going through. Rather, it lets them know that no matter what they are going through, you still love them and you're there for them in any way that they need you to be.

If any of you bloggers wear purple and/or pink this month, link up with us! Leah promises to send you a "party favor" of a cute flower pin!!

Now, go out and have a laugh!! :)

I'm editing to add a link to Pam's story from the comments.  It's a must read and so inspirational! Thanks, Pam for sharing it with us!


  1. Wonderful post, Joy! Thank you for bringing more awareness to these serious issues, and using your special "Joy" to do it.

  2. Hi Joy, Here is my link in support of your campaign to shed light on Domestic Violence. Thanks for all you ladies are doing!!


  3. There is always the question, why didn't you leave? Many people don't understand how easily one can be convinced it's not possible. Until he starts on the kids. Then they leave. But with verbal and emotional abuse it's even harder to stand up to an abuser. I feel for all of them.

  4. Wow, Pam. Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is such an inspiration and I am sure it will help someone else out there. I just want to hug you!!

  5. Absolutely, Judy. It's hard to realize that you can leave, that you're not crazy. There are people and places to call to get help. The first step is just telling someone.

  6. Joy,
    you are kidding about the 94 cent cargo's right???
    that is crazy and they fit you like a dream
    i will be doing a little nod to both of your mentioned causes on friday
    go girl!!

  7. Yes, Brett! 94 cents! They were on clearance for $3.94 and I had a $3 Mossimo mobile coupon!! Awesome, right?!

    Thanks, Brett. We appreciate it!!

  8. Thank you for this. Domestic violence touches more people than what is realized. It is hidden away, and women who are caught up in it are ashamed. We are made to feel ashamed.