Tuesday night I laughed and laughed listening to political satire during an Evening of Cosmic Comedy. This fundraising event showcased the wit and talent of Swami Beyondandana…(otherwise known as Steve Bhaerman). Steve’s website is titled Wake Up Laughing, which reminded me that it had been too long since I enjoyed a good belly laugh. Kids laugh all the time…I was missing out! This event reminded me that I’ve been taking myself a bit too serious lately. Time to lighten up! :)
Political humor might not be your cup of tea, though it was just what I needed to ease stress, release tension, and calm my pain. You may already know that laughter is a terrific pain killer - due to endorphin release. If you didn’t know this, or want to learn more, check out the work of Norman Cousins or Patch Adams. Better yet, put the “laughter as best medicine” theory into practice and find ways to laugh every day. Laughter is a tool - both therapeutic and healing. After enjoying the two-hour comic shtick I felt lighter, my arthritis and joint pain was barely noticeable, and I slept like a ROCK!!!
I am writing this blog post nearly 24 hours after the program (editing & posting it today) and I still feel the benefits. I’m experiencing long term relief from chronic pain/stress/tension (while still working/dealing with life) and I didn’t take a pill to feel this way! I encourage you to be a proactive patient and invest in your self care. Partner with your medical providers to better manage your chronic conditions…you have more control over your health than you may realize.
Be Well! ~Tiffany