Having a serious illness or a disability is life-changing and challenging. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t live life to the fullest.
People from all over the world are inspiring others with their optimism and great sense of humor by posting photos of themselves enjoying life even when it gives them lemons. Instead of wallowing in sadness, they decided to make metaphorical lemonade. With a comedic twist.
Bored Panda collected some of the most inspiring, funny, and optimistic pics of people overcoming challenges and being high on life. It just goes to show that humankind is amazing and that we can get up after any setback. So scroll down, upvote your fave pics, and share this list with anyone whom you think could benefit from some motivation.
When you’re done looking through this post, check out Bored Panda’s article about Paralympian Josh Sundquist who lost his leg to cancer but dresses up in epic and hilarious costumes every Halloween.
#1 7-Year-Old Does Not Let Alopecia Stop Her From Celebrating Her School’s “Crazy Hair Day”
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#2 Cancer Survivor Takes Life With A Little Humor
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#3 My Mom Is In Her 8th Week Of Chemo. This Is Her Halloween Costume
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From Lego peg-legs and imitating Vincent van Gogh to hilarious T-shirts and funny poses with prosthetics, it seems like these people are getting more joy out of life than the average person. It’s not wrong to think so.
The BBC writes that there’s such a thing as the ‘disability paradox’ where people with disabilities often report having a quality of life that’s the same (or sometimes better) than non-disabled people. In fact, it seems that disabilities don’t seem to make much of a difference when rating life satisfaction. While lacking one of your major senses like sight or hearing doesn’t stop you from flourishing.
Having a good sense of humor and a sunny outlook has a positive effect on patients’ recovery after surgery or after a temporary setback like breaking an arm or a leg.
#4 My Wife Dressed Up As Lara Croft For Halloween. She’s An Amputee, So She Improvised
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#5 Most Long-Sleeves Are Longer Than My Arms Due To A Disability, So I Wore An Appropriate Sweater
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#6 His New GF
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The benefits of optimism and humor in daily life have been well-documented. But how much do they affect people with illnesses and disabilities?
According to one study, optimism plays an important role in helping individuals with disabilities cope with their situations and achieve their goals. What’s more, it helps them, as well as their caregivers, improve their overall well-being.
#7 Going Back To Work Next Week. Trying To Convince My Colleagues I Had A Beach Holiday
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#8 My Brother’s Halloween Costume This Year
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#9 Saw This Customer Today With The Coolest Christmas Decorations Ever
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Meanwhile, another study that looked at people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease noted that (what they call) dispositional optimism improves the quality of life, reduces emotional distress, and even reduces the severity of the disease.
While a third study showed that people who adapt to having disabilities tend to enjoy a higher quality of life than those who don’t.
#10 There’s Always Some Truth In Every Joke
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#11 Built Myself A LEGO Leg While I Wait For My Real One To Be Built
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#12 Was At The VA Hospital Today, When I Ran Into This Guy And His Shirt
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#13 Friend Had Ear Surgery And Decided To Make The Best Of It
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#14 Just Beat Testicular Cancer, So From Now On These Will Be My Pens Of Choice For Nursing School
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#15 My Wife Was In An Accident About 2 Months Ago Resulting In A Severe Brain Injury. We Thought We’d Make The Most Of The Situation. Zoinks!
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#16 My Aunt’s, A Recovering Cancer Patient’s, Hair Has Started Growing Back And Today She Posted This Picture Captioned “Twins!”
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#17 Lost The Leg A Couple Months Ago, But He’s Kept His Sense Of Humor The Whole Time
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#18 Met Another Bionic And Decided To Swap Limbs
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#19 The Best Thing For A Broken Arm
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#20 Photo Taken Outside Children’s Hospital In Los Angeles. Smart Kid
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#21 I’m Having My Orchiectomy Today For Testicular Cancer. Here’s My 100% Accurate Representation Of The X-Rays
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#22 My Co-Worker Is An Amputee. This Was Her Costume
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#23 My Friend Was Diagnosed With Parkinson’s. He Thought It Would Be Funny To Send This As His Christmas Letter. His Wife, Horrified, Added The Sticker
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#24 My Son Is An Amputee And Sent Me These Gems. I Needed To Share Them With The World
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#25 My Uncle Broke His Leg Today. He Said It Didn’t Even Hurt
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#26 Turned My Wheelchair Into The Iron Throne For Halloween
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#27 My Dad Just Got His Chest Port For Chemotherapy Today. Here He Is Testing It Out
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#28 Felt Cute, Bout To Get $125K Injected Into Me For My Disease, Might Delete Later IDK
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#29 When You Got No Legs, Seize The Opportunity
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#30 I’m Having My Left Leg Amputated Today. I Wore This Shirt And Wrote This On My Leg For The Surgeons
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