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Comic proving laughter really is the best medicine

February 28, 2018 07:10 PM

We've endured a lot of sad news the past few weeks, so who can't use a break from it all?

There's a woman in our community who NewsChannel 13's Elaine Houston once profiled in her "Today's Women" report, who has her own special ministry aimed at making us happy.

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Her name is Dee Watson. She's a wife, mom and state worker. However, she also tends to our emotional health by tickling our funny bone and she's about to try her hand on a much larger stage.
"Laughter is the best medicine," asserted Watson.

It has been 17 years since Watson first took to the stage to make us laugh. In that time she learned that comedy helps heal what ails you from the inside out.

A few years back when she was beset by health problems and not doing stand-up, her doctor told her to get back on stage. She's been following that prescription ever since.

Watson's dream of doing standup was realized when she learned about the Connecticut Comedy Festival and took her shot -- cramming for two weeks to write her routine.

"My life, it's observational," pointed out Watson.

When her five minutes on stage was up, the festival coordinator was wowed and this mom, wife and state worker launched her side career.

While it was a lark at first, it has blossomed in a way she never imagined -- helping others, as she helped herself, through humor.

"I've been in several shows where we've had cancer victims. We've had all kinds of people with illnesses that go out to a comedy show just to get away from all they've been dealing from and they will come and tell us, 'We had a great time. Thank you for giving me a respite from everything we're going through,'" explained Watson. "Even if I'm up there bombing, if somebody comes and tells me that, that's worth every bit that we go through."

Research is clear -- when a funny lady like Watson triggers a big old body laugh in us, our bodies release endorphins, the body's so-called "feel good" chemicals, promoting an overall sense of well-being.

Laughter also decreases stress hormones and increases our immune response.

In short, humor is good for your health.

This Saturday, March 3, Watson is performing for the Amazon series, "Comics Watching Comics." If she gets them roaring, new doors will open for her and she's putting out a request for help that should put a smile on your face.

"Just pray for me. If you are a praying people, I don't care who you pray to, what you pray to, pray to it, please -- twice a day until Saturday -- and get up Saturday morning and do it too, because we don't go on 'til 10:30. You got time to get up and do it in the morning," she assured.
Watson's audition is in New York City. NewsChannel 13 will keep you posted on how she does and when you can see her on the program. Of course, we're wishing her the very best.

In the meantime, find ways to bring humor into your life -- cartoons, comic strips, comedy shows. It's an inexpensive preventive care -- for the health of it.

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Benita Zahn

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