In Others’ Words: Cure

Good laugh Irish Proverb 11.20.13

We’ve all heard how an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

I’m not sure that’s true, but I do think there’s some truth to the healing power of laughter and sleep.

It’s been said that a cheery heart is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22) — and I have to believe laughter’s included there. And more and more studies reveal the importance of sleep — and how a lack of sleep impairs our ability to think.

Now I’m curious: Would you rewrite the proverb, given a chance?

A __________ and a ____________ are the best cures in a doctor’s book. 

In Your Words: What about you? What do you think are the best cures, along with laughter and a long sleep? How would you rewrite the proverb — or would you?

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  1. November 20, 2013, 4:53 am   /  Reply

    I believe apple isn’t meant to be literal, but it’s used metaphorically to stress how a healthy lifestyle can keep the doctor away…at least, that’s how I take it.

    You’re right about sleep being so important! When I’m lacking sleep, I’m quite cranky and have fuzzy thinking. A good night’s sleep helps me feel like I can take on the world. A great laugh boosts the happy hormones in our bodies, which boosts our emotional wellbeing as well.

    • November 20, 2013, 12:46 pm   /  Reply

      You’re probably right, Lisa, about the apple being a metaphor rather than being literal. I’m just a bit tired to realize that.


  2. November 20, 2013, 6:28 am   /  Reply

    Sleep and laughter rank at the top of my list, for sure. After reading this and agreeing, I need to get to bed earlier.

    • November 20, 2013, 9:07 am   /  Reply

      I agree with you! Laughter, sleep … and a cat curled up nearby. 🙂

    • November 20, 2013, 12:46 pm   /  Reply

      Me too, Kim. Me too — and I realized that anew when a friend pointed out that I had a typo in my header (now fixed).

      • November 21, 2013, 12:11 am   /  Reply

        I didn’t notice the typo, Beth … probably because I didn’t have enough sleep. 🙂 Another reason to go to bed.

  3. November 20, 2013, 7:03 am   /  Reply

    A dog and twenty-five more dogs are the best cures in a doctor’s book.

    And you expected different?

    Sleeping and laughter, well…

    I rarely smile, and almost never laugh. It’s something my wife pointed out – that when I think something is hysterically funny the corners of my mouth go up a little – and that’s it.

    And sleep…well. I can’t remember the last time I slept for more than 15 consecutive minutes. Total’s usually two hours a night. And it’s enough.

    Might explain a lot, but at least the dogs don’t mind.

    • November 20, 2013, 12:48 pm   /  Reply

      No, Andrew, I didn’t expect anything different from you.
      And now I know your response to something hysterically funny. So now I’m curious: What besides dogs, do you find hysterically funny?

      • November 20, 2013, 3:38 pm   /  Reply

        I love Hugh Grant’s style of humor. Always wished I could have that persona…instead, I got Spock.

  4. November 20, 2013, 7:27 am   /  Reply

    For me, it’s a cup of tea and watching the birds at my feeders. My mind tends to spin out of control and these things allow God calm me and remind me of His presence. He takes care of the birds…how much more will He care for me?

    Time for that cup of tea!

    • November 20, 2013, 12:48 pm   /  Reply

      Ah, I love a good cup of tea … and good music.

  5. November 20, 2013, 8:06 am   /  Reply

    A comfy couch and a good book (by Beth Vogt or some other amazing author).


    Miss you, friend! Truly, another thing that’s good for my stress level and, well, soul, is connecting with friends. A deep, true connection. There’s just something healing about it.

    • November 20, 2013, 12:49 pm   /  Reply

      Your comment was good for my soul.
      I too find time with special friends (like you) is refreshing on a soul-deep level.

  6. November 20, 2013, 8:20 am   /  Reply

    Loved this, Beth. And I can definitely attest to the the laugh and good sleep. Just see me when I’m coming off weeks of not enough sleep. It’s not pretty…..

    If I was going to change up this cure a little, I’d go for the spiritual/mental well being and say, “A hug and an encouraging word are the best cures in a doctor’s book.”

    • November 20, 2013, 8:44 am   /  Reply

      Love this, Jeanne!

    • November 20, 2013, 12:49 pm   /  Reply

      I like your change up of the cure, Jeanne. Great insight.

  7. November 20, 2013, 8:44 am   /  Reply

    I agree with all of the above. Sleep, laughter, man’s best friend (or several), a roaring fireplace, a long walk outside (especially a walk on the beach where the ocean breeze can blow all my cares away).

    • November 20, 2013, 12:50 pm   /  Reply

      I love a long walk on the beach, Kathy. I feel so close to God.

  8. November 20, 2013, 8:48 am   /  Reply

    I’d probably say, “Love, laughter and a good night’s sleep are the best cures in a doctor’s bag…and knowing Who holds your future.”

    • November 20, 2013, 12:50 pm   /  Reply

      Amen to that, Pat!

  9. November 20, 2013, 10:17 am   /  Reply

    Remember young psalmist David calming King Saul w/ praises on his harp? At around age 10 my younger son stayed sick nearly a week w/ a fever & stomach upset that would not quit. Then a good friend brought her guitar to our home and sang cheerful praise songs to him, ending w/ some funny ones. The sickness ended like a quick snap of the fingers and soon brought total recovery–wonderful!
    I was once w/ flue that held on a long time & received some James Herriott English vet books in the mail. I do remember laughing myself well quite quickly.

    • November 20, 2013, 10:19 am   /  Reply

      Maybe sometimes we take ourselves too seriously, or are too impressed by the power of the illness. It’s good to resist and shake it off, if we can, and that often works.

    • November 20, 2013, 12:51 pm   /  Reply

      A merry heart is good medicine,indeed!
      And I just recommended James Herriott’s books to CJ!

  10. Susan Tuttle
    November 20, 2013, 11:01 am   /  Reply

    laughter is a must. and a lounge chair on a white, sandy beach with a good book:)

    • November 20, 2013, 12:44 pm   /  Reply

      Oh, I agree with the lounge chair and a good book on a beach. And I’m there in December, Susan!

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