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

Cancer Survivor Takes Life With A Little Humor

Cancer Survivor Takes Life With A Little Humor

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Tara
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7 months ago

My kind of humor. I love it.

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7-Year-Old Does Not Let Alopecia Stop Her From Celebrating Her School's "Crazy Hair Day"

7-Year-Old Does Not Let Alopecia Stop Her From Celebrating Her School's "Crazy Hair Day"

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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7 months ago (edited)

She looks gorgeous.

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#3

My Mom Is In Her 8th Week Of Chemo. This Is Her Halloween Costume

My Mom Is In Her 8th Week Of Chemo. This Is Her Halloween Costume

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Kaisu
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7 months ago

The monies awesome and I hope her treatment has gone well!

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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

My Wife Dressed Up As Lara Croft For Halloween. She’s An Amputee, So She Improvised

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Gwynne Greene
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7 months ago

Brilliant lara cosplay! Wish her all the best XD

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#5

There's Always Some Truth In Every Joke

There's Always Some Truth In Every Joke

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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7 months ago

I definitely believe that.

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#6

Most Long-Sleeves Are Longer Than My Arms Due To A Disability, So I Wore An Appropriate Sweater

Most Long-Sleeves Are Longer Than My Arms Due To A Disability, So I Wore An Appropriate Sweater

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Nea
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7 months ago

You are a clever man!

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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

His New GF

His New GF

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Kaisa Koo
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7 months ago

He's the better half!

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#8

Going Back To Work Next Week. Trying To Convince My Colleagues I Had A Beach Holiday

Going Back To Work Next Week. Trying To Convince My Colleagues I Had A Beach Holiday

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
7 months ago

Haha love it.

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#9

Saw This Customer Today With The Coolest Christmas Decorations Ever

Saw This Customer Today With The Coolest Christmas Decorations Ever

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Clavelle
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7 months ago

Very festive!

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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

My Brother's Halloween Costume This Year

My Brother's Halloween Costume This Year

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Margaret Wells
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7 months ago

Brilliant! Can he do comedy like the real one lol

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#11

Built Myself A LEGO Leg While I Wait For My Real One To Be Built

Built Myself A LEGO Leg While I Wait For My Real One To Be Built

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MissPrideGirl
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow, I never thought Lego could be used to make a leg. This makes me happy.😁

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#12

The Best Thing For A Broken Arm

The Best Thing For A Broken Arm

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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7 months ago

That is an awesome cast.

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#13

Just Beat Testicular Cancer, So From Now On These Will Be My Pens Of Choice For Nursing School

Just Beat Testicular Cancer, So From Now On These Will Be My Pens Of Choice For Nursing School

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HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
Community Member
7 months ago

Good stuff man, my mate has 1 ball and we call him 'Uni', he even calls himself it now, we love him so much.

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#14

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!

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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loubie
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7 months ago

I love this <3

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#15

Was At The VA Hospital Today, When I Ran Into This Guy And His Shirt

Was At The VA Hospital Today, When I Ran Into This Guy And His Shirt

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MissPrideGirl
Community Member
7 months ago

He looks like he wants me to do it. Now I want to learn how to do a frontflip.

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#16

Met Another Bionic And Decided To Swap Limbs

Met Another Bionic And Decided To Swap Limbs

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow, both very beautiful prostheses! I love the intricate artwork on the arm and I've always liked the look of the blades for legs.Why would you want a 'real' looking leg prosthesis when you can look like this? And it works better, too.

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#17

Friend Had Ear Surgery And Decided To Make The Best Of It

Friend Had Ear Surgery And Decided To Make The Best Of It

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Dorothy Parker
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7 months ago

All they have to do is flip the image. So cool.

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#18

My Aunt's, A Recovering Cancer Patient's, Hair Has Started Growing Back And Today She Posted This Picture Captioned "Twins!"

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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Iggy
Community Member
7 months ago

Love it!

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#19

Lost The Leg A Couple Months Ago, But He's Kept His Sense Of Humor The Whole Time

Lost The Leg A Couple Months Ago, But He's Kept His Sense Of Humor The Whole Time

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glowworm2
Community Member
7 months ago

I love him. He's adorable!

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#20

Photo Taken Outside Children's Hospital In Los Angeles. Smart Kid

Photo Taken Outside Children's Hospital In Los Angeles. Smart Kid

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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7 months ago (edited)

If I remember rightly it worked and the child ended up with a ridiculous amount of pizzas.

Bored Birgit
Community Member
7 months ago

So pizza for the whole hospital, yeah!

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Maíz De España
Community Member
7 months ago

I actually know her, she started a movement to get kids in the hospital pizza. unfortunately she died of cancer last year

I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
7 months ago

awww no, how very sad. RIP to her and sympathies to her family. So heartbreaking.

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Ronnie Beaton
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

My medic friend Nick used to work in the Perth Royal Infirmary here in Scotland, and he told me a story of what the local firefighters did one Christmas to cheer up the kids who'd be in hospital over the festive season. They hired some superhero costumes from the local fancy dress shop - Batman, Spider-Man and so on, plus a Puff the Magic Dragon outfit - set up their line rescue equipment on the hospital roof, and rappelled down the side of the building to the floor where the children's ward was located. They waved at the kids, and inside, Santa Claus dished out presents. Everything was going fine, until the firefighters realised they were short of a dragon. Puff had somehow managed to get himself stuck on the level *above* the children's ward - which just happened to be the "drying out" ward for alcoholics. Some poor soul is in the throes of delirium tremens, and they look out the window and see Puff the Magic Dragon waving at them.

Amanda Ammermann
Community Member
7 months ago

I looked this up hoping for a happy ending..... dont look this up (she got pizza but i went looking for an update on her)

Lesley Langlois
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh no...I guess I don't need to read it. :-(

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Dennis Stanley
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7 months ago

https://www.today.com/money/reddit-users-spot-message-hospital-window-send-2-year-old-6C10642466

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
7 months ago

<3

Non-New-Toni-An
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7 months ago

I hope the ward receive hundreds and hundreds of pizzas!

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#21

My Uncle Broke His Leg Today. He Said It Didn't Even Hurt

My Uncle Broke His Leg Today. He Said It Didn't Even Hurt

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Ashley Nell
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7 months ago

He didn't feel a thing!

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#22

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

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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Kaisu
Community Member
7 months ago

I love the little "Ha Ha :-)" in the corner, glad to see he has good humour and a not overly serious approach to his illness

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#23

I’m Having My Orchiectomy Today For Testicular Cancer. Here’s My 100% Accurate Representation Of The X-Rays

I’m Having My Orchiectomy Today For Testicular Cancer. Here’s My 100% Accurate Representation Of The X-Rays

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Laura Hazell
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7 months ago

hahaha the slighty hairy paper make this 100% funnier

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#24

My Co-Worker Is An Amputee. This Was Her Costume

My Co-Worker Is An Amputee. This Was Her Costume

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Gwynne Greene
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7 months ago

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea........ Super cosplay XD

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#25

Turned My Wheelchair Into The Iron Throne For Halloween

Turned My Wheelchair Into The Iron Throne For Halloween

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Pixie Dusted1
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7 months ago

You look BEAUTIFUL!

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#26

My Son Is An Amputee And Sent Me These Gems. I Needed To Share Them With The World

My Son Is An Amputee And Sent Me These Gems. I Needed To Share Them With The World

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glowworm2
Community Member
7 months ago

I love Sir Nubly! Looks like your son literally made himself a new friend.

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#27

Felt Cute, Bout To Get $125K Injected Into Me For My Disease, Might Delete Later IDK

Felt Cute, Bout To Get $125K Injected Into Me For My Disease, Might Delete Later IDK

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
7 months ago

That’s quite sad and disgusting the cost of the medicine.

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#28

My Dad Just Got His Chest Port For Chemotherapy Today. Here He Is Testing It Out

My Dad Just Got His Chest Port For Chemotherapy Today. Here He Is Testing It Out

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Dorothy Parker
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7 months ago

Love him. I wish him a full recovery.

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#29

When You Got No Legs, Seize The Opportunity

When You Got No Legs, Seize The Opportunity

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Den Star
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7 months ago

Lieutenant Dan!!

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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

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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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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7 months ago

Haha, love the towel to match.

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