Laughter is Critical to Healing
I am not as much into health, as I am into healing.
I see the difference in the former aiming to address a specific ailment, whereas the latter aims to immerse you in healing energy, creating an environment that repels illness, in any form it may appear. Healing enfolds me in an energy of health.
Healing goes much deeper than being healthy. Healing requires balance and vibrational, physical, spiritual, emotional, and nutritional connectivity, just to list a few of its many aspects.
In my healing strategy both balance, and vibrational connection are given the highest priority.
With regard to balance in resting, I do not work too diligently, without attentively ensuring that I get proper rest. I try to rest at least 8 hours a day. I consciously work to balance the two.
The same applies to eating healthy, juicing, fermenting, consumption of smoothies, and herbal and root helpful foods, I must balance this lifestyle practice too. I will never place myself in a ‘food prison’ and expect healing. I allow myself to deviate from time to time, and don’t beat up on myself for being human.
I learned the importance of balance namely through working with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors and acupuncturists. I’ve been seeing TCM practitioners for over 20 years now. I had acupuncture just this week.
The practice of TCM believes in staying in harmony with nature. The practice believes in seasons, as well, not just in the atmosphere, but in our body, spirit, and emotions. I strongly believe in seasons and its impact on my life. I’ve written about seasons on several occasions.
“According to the teachings of Chinese Medicine, an important principle to leading a healthy life is that of balance. Living a life of balance affords us longevity. One of the ways of achieving balance is by mirroring the energy of the seasons. Everything in nature is composed of yin and yang energy.” – Living Life in Balance with Chinese Medicine by Syd Acu | Apr 9, 2013 | Durango Chinese Medicine, Durango Colorado Acupuncture
The last few posts touched painful memories.
It was also painful to revisit my mistakes and flaws. But, I was courageous in that I did, for the benefit of others, and to maintain my integrity. After I published the posts on the “Mess Age”, I felt invigorated, and relieved.
After, a day or so, that feeling wore off, and I started feeling a bit melancholy.
My internal balance calibrator signaled that I had not had a good laugh and needed a few laughs to remain in the realm of healing.
My life today is very simple, involving very few people. I am becoming a stereotypical writer, spending lots of time alone, and when out, staying on the margins, if just to observe people and surroundings. I don’t have many interactions to enjoy enough organic humor and laughter, as much as I once did.
So, I must supplement the humor that life may not offer to me. I supplement in a number of ways.
I first of all, tune out all negativity. Negative energy will only take me further from a balanced vibration. This means eliminating (or just occasionally peeping at) the news, and staying clear of those who are toxic.
I also reflect on fun memories. I have many of those always at my disposal.
Another tactic that I use is to make humor out of my life and challenges when speaking about them. I will use sarcasm and self-defamation to take the punch out of the blues or bad memories.
This is an example where AA’s, Fake it ‘till you make it, adage works. I fake joy until I am joyful.
Last of all, I resort to entertainment, Netflix, TV Sitcoms, videos, going to comedy shows, etc.
With TV and videos, I tend to lean to the older sitcoms because I am more in touch with that brand of humor. It brings back memories of sitting in the kitchen, my mother ironing the household’s clothes for the next day, while she and I watched Norman Lear shows, such as Good Times, Sanford and Son, All In The Family, Maude, 227, and many others. She also loved Martin, a series that came out much later.
This humor also reminds me of when I purchased DVD box sets of these sitcoms, so that my mother could watch the shows on demand and continuously, when she was aging and getting frailer. Even through her physical pains, she would laugh profusely at the same shows that she’s seen over and over again. I saw her laughter as part of her healing.
Humor is as much a part of a Healthy Balance as is rest, or say drinking water.
Because life does not always make me laugh, I must find humor supplements, just as I would find dietary supplements that my body may need.
Furthermore, laughter is healthy, in a number of ways, including in, improving blood pressure, cognition, immunity, and healthy hormone production.
Laughter is not a ‘nice to have’. It is an essential element in a holistically balanced health routine.
To dissolve some of the pain I may have stirred in the last personal posts, and for the pains of life in general, I am providing humor for your funny bone, in the videos below.
I hope that at least one is funny to you. I watched them all and hand-picked them so that you could get an idea what makes Kevy Michaels laugh.
I hope that what’s humorous to me, is not corny to you. I’ve been told that I have a strange sense of humor.
I post the videos with good intention, though.
First, here is a post on the benefits of laughter.
10 Impressive Benefits of Laughter
The health benefits of laughter include the reduction of stress hormones and blood pressure, as well as increased blood flow and oxygenation to the cells and organs. Laughing provides a natural workout for a number of muscle groups, can defend against illness, and even increase the response of beneficial tumor and disease-killing cells throughout the body. Laughter has also been shown to increase memory, intelligence, and creativity.
Nature of Laughter
Laughter is a natural response to stimuli that our individual personalities find funny, whether in the form of images, sounds, physical sensations, or memories. Read More
Mop – Comedy Short Film – 12,064 views – Storm Films – Published on Oct 19, 2015
A night cleaner accidentally kills an office worker, he must hide the body without being seen.
What’s Virgin Mean – A Comedy Short Film – 661,246 views – exclusiveshortfilms – Published on Apr 24, 2012
Dir: Michael Davies, UK, (2008)
Chris Won’t Do the Dishes – 1,035,612 views – FunnyTVi – Published on May 22, 2012
Everybody Hates Back Talk, funny scene where Chris’s mother calls in his father to stop Chris
First Aid Training | Dead Parrot Original – 27,243 views – Dead Parrot – Published on Mar 14, 2018
First Aid is one of the most important skills you can learn. But what happens if you’re too good at it?
Funny Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry comedy sketch! ‘Your name, sir?’ – BBC – 6,177,186 views – BBC Studios – Published on Oct 13, 2008
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie perform a hilarious short comedy sketch in a police station. A man making a statement has a surname that is pretty hard to pronounce! Classic moment from the ground-breaking comedy sketch show ‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’.
The Jefferson’s George Dance – 179,092 views – favoriteepisode – Published on Jul 30, 2012
George and Helen seems to just growl at each other, well at lease here they can “shake a leg”.
Flip Wilson “The Devil Made Me Do It” on The Ed Sullivan Show – Aug 20, 2020
Short Shorts for the USA – SNL – 3,728,557 views – Saturday Night Live – Published on Jun 23, 2017
The office (Seann William Scott, Rachel Dratch) is shocked and disgusted when Dale (Will Ferrell) shows up in shorts and a half shirt to show his patriotism, although one co-worker (Horatio Sanz) admires his courage. [Season 27, 2001]
All in the Family – Archie’s views on the French – 215,257 views – Pat41423 – Published on Jul 28, 2015
A short clip from All in the Family. No copyright infringement intended. For entertainment only. No copyright infringement intended. For entertainment only.
Harry Potter: Hermione Growth Spurt – SNL – 37,201,138 views – Saturday Night Live – Published on Oct 10, 2013
The wizards of Hogwarts can’t get over Hermione’s summer growth spurt. Aired 05/01/04
The Carlton Dance – 17,859,052 views – Cridiron – Published on Aug 15, 2006
The official video of Carlton, from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, dancing to Tom Jones
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