Bestselling female comedian Chonda Pierce has been keeping her audiences laughing on social media during the quarantine and shared with The Christian Post her advice for anyone who’s suffering from depression.
“Mandated social-distancing, lockdowns and other life-altering changes caused by the coronavirus have folks stressed, depressed, and struggling with faith in God. People could use some laughs,” Pierce told The Christian Post in an interview. “Over the years, laughter has been good medicine that has helped me navigate personal pain, tragedy, grief and depression.”
In fact, according to a 15-year Nord-Trøndelag Health Study released in 2016, laughter decreases mortality rates on infection-related illnesses.
While Pierce had to postpone her comedy tour to safeguard her fans’ health during the COVID-19 crisis, she told CP that she’s keeping herself encouraged.
“I am blessed. If worst comes to worst, I’ll sell my house and find a smaller spot. The good thing about growing up poor, you never forget being poor. So I’ve been poor before and I can be poor again if I have to. That’s the silver lining of being poor. I know how to eat macaroni and cheese for a week. If I have to that’s what we’ll do, but I’m blessed that I won’t have to,” she said of having to cancel her tour.
The recently widowed Pierce said her husband was really smart about putting money aside before his death and now she’s following the tradition.
“While I’m OK. I try to do my best at helping those that are struggling and right now my heart goes out to the small business owners,” she said.
Pierce has been charitable during the quarantine and blessed people in her community by buying pizza for them from her favorite restaurant to help drive business to the pizza shop.
“My biggest sadness is there’s going to be so many organizations and great restaurants and wonderful places [hurt financially], and this is gonna be a financial struggle for the whole world. Those are the scary things,” she continued.
Throughout the years, Pierce has been transparent about her struggle with depression and the fact that she takes medication for clinical depression.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law