Friday, November 10, 2006
IT'S FUN FRIDAY! Are you ready?
This is from Daily Celebrations, November 5th, 2006 - (it's a great site you should look up):
I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that. ~ Linda Ellerbee
Over 25 years ago, Dr. Norman Cousins in his book "Anatomy of an Illness" described how watching Marx Brother movies helped him recover from life-threatening tissue disease."Is it possible," he wondered, "that love, hope, faith, laughter, confidence, and the will to live have therapeutic value?"Cousins made it a point to enjoy a hearty belly laugh several times a day. A few minutes of laughter gave him an hour or more of pain-free sleep.
"Funny is an attitude," observed comic Flip Wilson.
Medical studies show that laughter boosts levels of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and suppresses levels of epinephrine, the stress hormone.According to writer Arnold Glasgow, "Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects."
In an ABC television interview, Professor Lee Berk, who has studied laughter and medicine for the past 18 years, explained that laughter increased the Natural Killer Cell activity, the cells that destroy viruses and tumors. Laughter also increased a disease-fighting protein, B-cells, the source of a disease-destroying antibody, and T-cells which help cellular immune response.Hearty laughter also exercises the lungs and circulatory system and increases the amount of oxygen in the blood.
"He who laughs," said Mary Pettibone Poole, "lasts."C'mon. Laugh and be happy. You can do it!
Scientist Boris Sokoloff explained, "Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing golf, happiness can be learned."~~End today, begin tomorrow, with laughter.
Now personally, all this 'stuff' I've been writing about is a life goal for me. I don't believe it is that easy to get to this place. You will fail and when you do you need to pick yourself up and try again.
I'm not happy everyday, but I sure try. And more often than not, I do find happiness.
Years ago Oprah talked about something called a Happiness Journal. You write five things down a day that you're happy for. At first it is sooooooooooooooooo hard. I've been doing it for years, and now it's hard not to see the blessings and happiness in my life, even when others around me don't see it. It took years though.
How does it go... the journey to any destination begins one step at a time.
Chatty, still walking, still talking.