It’s laughter. You thought I was gonna say running, didn’t you? Well that is a great daily vitamin but really laughter is the best medicine. I try to make it part of my life on a daily basis but often it gets lost along with my smile especially when I feel overwhelmed. But really this is when I/we should be trying our best to smile and/or laugh.
Yesterday, I felt like crap. (I can say that right, this is my blog!) Well I woke up and struggled to swallow and my head was congested. For some this would be the opportunity to call work and let them know that you will be taking a sick day. For me, that is not an option. No work, no pay! Not a fun aspect of my job either. Anyway, off I went armed with my hand sanitizer, green tea, and trying not to think about how crappy I felt. I made it through my day and was even thankful when my last client of the day had to reschedule for today (insert first real smile of the day cause I got to go home early). I know, I know, get to the medicine part! Because really I still felt kinda crappy. We had a dinner event we had to attend. I was looking forward to someone else cooking and the fact there would be a comedian at the end of the night was going to be fun too. But oddly enough he was not the medicine, I mean I laughed at his jokes and was entertained, it just wasn’t the best medicine.
The best medicine came in the form of my new stand-up comedy routine I performed for just our diners at our table. Now I don’t really have a stand-up comedy routine but as many of my longtime friends will tell you, once I get on a role telling jokes, it is hilarious! I’m not kidding, I’m funny and not just funny looking! At times, I was laughing so hard I had tears coming from my eyes. And you know what, it worked. I felt so good after that short 20 minute conversation, my crappy day was gone, my stuffy head was no longer achy. Was it a miracle drug? No, it was just laughing. Fully belly, tears in my eyes, huge smile on my face, laughter!
So I guess the therapeutic advice you can take from this is take a moment to find something funny in your day, something that puts a smile on your face because believe me it can cure just about anything!