Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

the power of laughter in healing June 20, 2018

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THE BEST MEDICINE for my days’ old injury of a broken left forearm came not in prescription pain medication, which I never picked up. Rather, it came in laughter, perhaps the best medicine of all.

First the backstory. On the day of my fall, Randy and I intended to head to our eldest daughter and son-in-law’s home an hour distant to babysit our granddaughter. Those same plans had been in place a week prior. But then I developed a bad upper respiratory infection and canceled. So I was especially excited about the rescheduled time with two-year-old Isabelle. Then I slipped on those rain-slicked wooden steps and broke my radius and…

Thankfully Izzy and her parents came to visit us the day after my fall. I wasn’t feeling all that great given only one hour of sleep Saturday night and a high pain level. But Izzy proved a good distraction. As we visited and Izzy played, she stumbled over a ball. Given the awkwardness of the tumble and her subsequent tears, I worried for a second. But she seemed ok, as in nothing broken.


One authentic broken arm, one not. Photo by Randy.


I asked Isabelle if she wanted her arm wrapped like Grandma. I expected a no. But Izzy said, yes, so Dr. Grandpa gathered supplies and wrapped her arm. Of course, we needed pictures, after Izzy pointed at my bandaged arm and then hers and counted, one, two.

We all laughed. Really laughed. Laughter is good. It releases endorphins, which my retired ER nurse friend Diane says promote healing. And I’m all about healing, especially the natural healing powers of a granddaughter’s sweet empathy.


Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


26 Responses to “the power of laughter in healing”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I can imagine how cute you two were together with your matching casts. Sweet laughter always makes things better. Heal quickly.

  2. valeriebollinger Says:

    A sweet story…I’m grateful for your sense of humor.

  3. Sue Ready Says:

    Seriously this is unfortunate setback for such a devoted blogger, writer and photographer but glad you can find a little bit of humor to ease the pain and brighten your day. I am surprised at how much you could even write one handed the past few blogs.posted

  4. cute story! well….not the being sick and arm 😉 Yes, laughter is good and grandchildren are awesome!!!
    Take care,

  5. Murphy's Law Says:

    What would we do without laughter?!! That is such a cute picture of the two of you in your ‘casts’. Anything that makes you feel better, even briefly, is a good thing. Feel better soon.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

  6. Humor and laughter is the best medicine 🙂 Cute! Happy Day – Enjoy

  7. Littlesundog Says:

    Aw, that’s sweet… and laughter is indeed the best medicine of all! I hope this doesn’t keep you laid up for long!

  8. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Awe she is too precious

  9. Almost Iowa Says:

    For cute and for fun!

  10. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    Oh Audrey I’m sorry you have a summer injury! And that halts the photography for a bit. What else makes you laugh? Good time to crowd all laughter-producing activities together to knock your healing into high gear.

  11. Jackie Says:

    I love that Izzy wanted to be just like Grandma (without the actual break). I’m glad you had plenty of laughter in the midst of pain.

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