Laughter is the Best Medicine…

That’s how the old saying goes and I totally believe it!!

I am sure you have heard this saying many, many times in the past. But do you know where it comes from? It is actually a proverb from the bible. It’s true, I looked it up. The verse is Proverbs 17:22. It has been changed down the line a little through many different translations and interpretations, but the meaning is still the same. Here is The Message translation: “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.”

Do you feel that in your own life? When all you hear are bad things on the news and keep getting a bunch of junk in your timeline, what happens? Do you feel happy and ready to take on the world? Or do you feel deflated by all the things you see and hear?

I bet you are a lot like me. You just don’t want to hear anymore. I scroll through and see something that catches my attention and I start to read…ok, so far so good, just getting the information and then two things happen…you start reading the comments and then you are in a bigger funk, because reading the comments is never a good idea and then more of the same thing keeps popping up in your feed. It is a never-ending cycle of bad juju, and it has to stop. Why? It’s bad for our health.

I can hear some people now, “But, I have to be informed on what’s going on in the world.” That is true. But that doesn’t mean you have to be so involved in what’s going on that it affects your health and spirit. You might not think it does but keep track for a little bit. I am not going to throw a bunch of statistics at you on this subject, that has never been my style. I am more of a feeling kind of girl. Just check in with yourself and see how you are feeling. Does all the information that you consume bring you down? I have a great prescription for you…

LAUGHTER

It’s true, try it and see. We all need to sit back and just laugh out loud sometimes. I love to binge watch television shows. I like drama every so often, but you will find me in the comedy section most of time. And I recently discovered a show that has been on for 15 years!! (yes, I am late to the party…I usually am)

I have been laughing out loud for the past week at “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. I told you I was late to the party. I don’t know why it took me so long, but I am glad I finally made it. I can’t even begin to describe all the silliness and crazy things that happen on this show. It makes me want to go back to my hometown, eat a cheesesteak, go find Paddy’s Pub, knock back a few beers and just listen to their jawn. (Philly word used for basically anything)

I have 15 seasons to watch, and I will be laughing the whole time and it be great for my soul. Do you have a favorite movie or television show that just makes you laugh so hard you instantly feel better when you sit down to watch it? Let me know what it is in the comments.

Remember, everything in balance. Yes, we need to be up on the happenings of the world, but we don’t have to let it take over our lives. Read it, watch it on the news, get informed and then move on. Do something that makes you happy. Maybe you’re not into movies/television, that’s ok, go dance around the living room to some good music. Here is a great tip…you can never go wrong with 80’s music. (in my opinion anyway, lol)

Fill your soul with uplifting, fun things and remember…laughter really is the best medicine!

***Question for the comments…How do you lift your spirits after all the bad news you see? What is a favorite go to movie or television show that makes you laugh out loud?

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