In Reply to: A change is as good as a rest posted by Victoria S Dennis on December 02, 2008 at 19:16:
: : Can anyone tell me where the saying 'a change is as good as a rest' comes from and what it means?
: It's just a proverb; not a very old one as it is first recorded about 100 years ago. What it means is exactly what it says: that having a change of activity is as good as having a rest.(VSD)
And I'd add that, as far as I can tell, it's of British origin, specifically the genteel English middle-class; one would expect to be called 'Dearie' while being told (or rather, reminded) that a change is as good as a rest.
"Well, you know, dearie, a change..."