EMDR: Laughter, the Best Medicine

When I am low, not many things make sense. Music can be helpful, especially positive songs and praise music, but laughter is, as the old saying goes, the best of medicines. I find I need to keep away from anything negative at the moment (because my head has enough already), and instead try to put into practice the words of St. Paul:

Delight yourselves in God, yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord.

Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.

Here is a last piece of advice. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on the things which are holy and right and pure and beautiful and good.

Philippians 4:4-8 (Phillips)

Our family love Mr. Bean. He appeals across the ages and across the autism spectrum too, which is good because ASD children often don’t understand humour. Prince enjoys Mr. Bean, as does little Chip, and they both often find comedy… er… elusive. The number of times we’ve had conversations beginning “Mummy, is this a joke?” followed by something which is less a joke and more a random statement! And then they’ll try again with a hundred more random statements. No wonder poor Fluff rolls her eyes. Her big brother and little sister’s ‘jokes’ are funny for all the wrong reasons o_O But I’d not change a hair on any of their bonny heads and I am thankful for my family, and for Mr. Bean!

4 thoughts on “EMDR: Laughter, the Best Medicine

  1. I’m glad that your family enjoys Mr. Bean. I didn’t discover him until college, but a prof showed clips (or possibly just talked about Mr. Bean) in Biblical worldview class. I hope Mr. Bean brings much laughter to your family and to your heart, in particular!

      • I read a quote recently that goes with your comment: “There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole. There’s power enough in Heaven to cure a sin-sick soul.” (Your soul is wounded and sickened by the sins committed against you, but God has power to heal. And he uses even seemingly silly things like laughing at Mr. Bean as balm for the soul!)

  2. I’ll have to come back and see this clip, when the laundry doesn’t need attention. I am not familiar with this comic but I am blessed to read he is helping you during your therapy especially. You are a blessing, Sandy.

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