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A Piece of My Mind
June 23/30, 2020

Laughter Leaves Me Lighter: Coping With COVID-19

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  • 1Department of Radiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2020;323(24):2476-2477. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.9283

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, a friend’s email arrived. She’s well known for sending funny notes. I was home alone and opened it. It was a black and white photograph of a youngish Robin Williams, arm extended in front of a giant statue of Rodin’s The Thinker offering up a roll of toilet paper. And it instantly made me laugh. I may even had said “That’s great!” to the only person present—me. Waves of laughter brought ease, and a big smile spread across my face. I felt noticeably lighter and energized. Immediately, I began thinking: “Who can I send this to—they’ll get a kick out of it!” As the ripples of fun spread across the country, I received their enthusiastic replies.

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    1 Comment for this article
    Lucia Ferraro, M.D. | MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach, California
    I am going to try the suggested humor habits. You already have me laughing!