Yes, I am a doctor.
As Chick 1 likes to remind me, I am not the kind of doctor that can write you a prescription for a drug. Maybe I’m not that useful.
But on a recent outing to a comedy show, a line stood out to me in the middle of a touching story. The comic was describing a group from a recent show….a grandmother and two teens. He said the grandmother stared at the teens and cried throughout the comedy routines, seemingly no concern for the actual comic….as you can imagine, this was unusual. When he asked the woman why she had been crying, she told the comic a story of how the family had experienced the tragedy of suicide. The comedy act had been the first time the grandmother had seen her grandchildren’s smiles and heard their laughs since the suicide occurred. The grandmother then told the comic to keep doing what he was doing, that the comedy was “good medicine.”
Laughter is the best medicine, they say. But all this made me wonder, what other kinds of non-drug medicine might make you feel a bit lighter?
Here are a few of my favorite prescriptions for happiness.
-Reading an uplifting book
-Time outside in nature
-Spending time with friends (including dogs) and loved ones
-Learning or experiencing something new
-Writing a thank you note
-Singing, dancing, and listening to music
-Lighting a good smelling candle – really, smell is big for me in general so it might be a hand lotion, diffused oil, etc.
-Going to bed early
-Visiting a farmer’s market or Trader Joe’s
-Riding my bike
-Being near water (oceans, lakes, streams, waterfalls)
-Giving gifts and treats to others
Everyone’s medicines are different. I’m sure there are more that I can add. What would make your list, to lift your spirits? How often do you prescribe these for yourself? Do you know what’s on the list for people you love, so you can remind them of or give them their medicines in times of need?