Once I was able to relax and laugh, things got a lot simpler in my life. Laughter brings people together, while misery is very devisive. When I could laugh with family and friends about some of the situations that I found myself in as a result of Bipolar disorder, it brought my family together, and made them feel more comfortable. I remember, for example, my dad remarking that I had gone through so many therapists because I used to “have them for dinner.” What he meant is that I could see through people very easily, and as a result, would not give them a fair chance at helping me. When I developed a sense of humor about this, I actually found it quite funny, and also became more open to allowing a therapist to help me.
When you are dealing with a child with a disAbility, it is so important to employ levity. Tickle them. Teach them to laugh at themselves. Encourage a sense of humor about things. This will lead to a more positive attitude for them, and less stress for you.