The Breakup Diaries: Laughter Is The Best Medicine

This weekend, Anne Hathaway hosted “Saturday Night Live”. Her opening monologue was the funniest of the season, so far, as she poked fun at her breakup with Italian lothario/scammer Raffaello Follieri . The appearance not only made me like Hathaway more — she’s not the little priss from “The Princess Diaries” after all! — but it also made me think about the notion of laughter being the best medicine during a breakup.As someone going through the experience (I know, I haven’t shut up about it in three weeks), and as a somewhat self-deprecating person anyway, I know that laughing at the utter ridiculousness of my own situation HAS been vaguely helpful.

“HAHAHA! An existential quarter-life crisis?! How could I be so stupid!?”
“Who does he think he is? Zach Braff?”
“Well, like Nicole Kidman, now I can finally wear heels!”

I’m not saying I’m particularly funny, but finding humor in something painful does help to loosen the death grip of heartbreak. So does controlled violence, which is why I am also taking a kick boxing class later this week.