The Comedy Cure

I read other people’s blogs all the time and when one of them strikes
a chord I am happy to share it.

This woman, Geva Salerno, is my alter ego. In her 30’s, she’s a decade ahead of the learning curve I was at when I learned to take care of my own needs and nurture my soul. I love when younger people get it, and don’t get caught up in the “gimme” psyche that so many young people fall prey to.

You, know, the late model car, the trendy clothes, the iPhones, the iPads,
the daily lattes and trappings that keep them from saving some of their
earnings for a rainy day, or heaven forbid, retirement. 

But besides all that, Geva is learning how to work according to how her mind and body function. I’ve learned this myself, and though I don’t head out to a Florida beach in August like she did, I do listen to comedy before going to bed. Go to bed smiling I always say, and you’ll sleep wonderfully.

Here’s Geva:         The Comedy Cure

My second experiment has to do with a new theory I’m working on. It has to do with comedy. Lately, I’ve been interested in what makes something funny. It may have started because I was trying to find a way to inject a little humor into my speaking engagements. I came across a book called “The Humor Code,” which explored comedy and humor. After thinking about it for some time I came to the conclusion that comedy is when someone shows us the space between what something is and what it’s supposed to be. A good comedian makes us feel that even though something is “wrong,” or not quite right, it is still okay.

Then I got to thinking about the connection to humor and anxiety. Could comedy be used to reduce anxiety? Recently, there have been several studies on sleep and the brain. Researchers have found that the brain actually detoxifies itself during sleep, effectively cleaning out the residue of all of our thinking. (worrying?) The other night after watching a particularly intense, action-packed movie, I decided to watch a little comedy. I thought it might lessen the residual anxiety from the movie and thus lighten the brain’s load during sleep.

I watched a Youtube video of a comedian for a half hour. I slept like a baby and woke up feeling great. I’ve tried the experiment twice since, with similarly positive results. So, if you are inclined, try it out. Try watching some comedy before bed and let me know if the “comedy cure” works for you. Does it help you sleep better? Do you feel any different the next day?

 Geva Salerno


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