A long sleep and a good laugh are the two best cures for anything.
I’ve had many changes over the last few months and a Friday night laugh-fest with girlfriends has helped me through many of those weeks. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve slept more in the summer months, and it feels really good.
The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re asleep. During the night, your body is at work to support healthy brain function and maintain physical health. Dr. David Rapoport reminds us to “think of sleep as the tune-up you need to run smoothly.” Sleep has always been a cure; it is the most natural way for the human body and mind to find peace and restoration.
Are you really getting a full night’s sleep? Do you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day when the alarm goes off? Do you even need to set an alarm? I had been setting two alarms to wake me up and I still needed a swift kick in the butt to get out of bed. The day that awaited me was often stressful and I wasn’t getting enough sleep. Getting good sleep is a skill, and we have been poorly trained. As our society becomes more stressed and our world has more conflict, we will be reaching out for ways leading up to a peaceful sleep.
Like sleep, laughter is also a great medicine. Seeking to use her comedy knowledge for a larger cause, TV executive Sherry Hilber established Rx Laughter (rxlaughter.org), a nonprofit project dedicated both to helping the ill via humor and to supporting more scientific research on the topic. Thanks to her fund-raising efforts, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are set to begin exploring whether funny videos can promote healing.
Laughter and sleep have helped heal me, and I look forward to many, many years of laughing, with a little bit of sleeping thrown in the mix.
Woody Allen: I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.