A few years ago my daughter, granddaughter and I took a trip to a crafts store. We were looking for some Halloween decorations. K, my granddaughter, and I wandered around on our own. K found a bin full of tiaras. K selected 2 of them. One for her and one for me. These two tiaras would have made the most princessy of princesses envious. They were made of 14 carat plastic, embedded with brilliantly colored fake gem stones and plumed with fashionably flamboyyant faux feathers. Who wouldn’t want one of those? My granddaughter and I proudly wore our tiaras around the store until my daughter concluded her shopping. When I returned home, I put my tiara in a drawer and forgot about it.
One day I had found myself in a rather grumpy mood. After clunking around the apartment for a few hours, I happened upon that tiara. I put it on. Suddenly, as if by magic, my mood changed. I was smiling, even chuckling, as I did some chores.
Fast forward to the present. I was in a crummy mood feeling rather pandemic-ish. Suddenly, amidst my negative thoughts, I remembered the tiara. Could it still have any magic left after being stashed away in a dark drawer for a few years? Only way to find out – try it on. Amazingly, the magic was still there! My crummy mood and rumination were replaced with lots of smiles.
Here’s the thing. Continuous research shows that humor and laughter promote good health and well being. As a matter of fact, this is rather ancient news. Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a Roman encyclopedist early in the 1st century. The only surviving volume of the encyclopedia is his medical treatise called De Medicina. One of the passages from this work talks about humor, exercise and proper diet to combat ill health.
There have been numerous philosophers, psychologists and physicians throughout the centuries who talk about the importance of play and humor. Thomas Sydenham, a 17th century physician said, “The arrival of a good clown exercises more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than twenty asses laden with drugs.” The Mayo Clinic has a terrific report on stress relief through laughter.
The point is that It’s an opportunity to be creative, to play, to be light-hearted, be our own sit com. What makes you smile? What brings you joy? I really believe we all need a tiara. Maybe yours looks like a clown nose or a Star Wars outfit or whatever amuses you. Whatever style ‘tiara’ you choose will be good for your health and well being.
We are living in extraordinary times. Some days are more stressful and difficult to get through than others. Perhaps engaging in something out of the box, something silly that makes us smile or laugh in spite of everything going on, might ease us through those difficult days.
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