I’ve always known laughter can change the atmosphere of a room. It can bring groups together who don’t know each other. It can relieve stress, gloomy feelings, and tenseness. One of the most endearing things you can hear is an infant laughing with abandon. There’s no way you can keep yourself from laughing along with the baby. It’s infectious. But it seems as we get a little older, we are told by our parents and teachers that laughter needs to be toned down, it’s disruptive, and to not draw attention to ourselves. Why? I can understand that laughter can be out of place at times, and can offend if directed as some kind of effort to make a situation seem less serious than it should be. However, I have been to several funerals of very close friends and family, and laughter among those grieving when talking about the deceased and recalling a favorite memory, is a healing release of sorrow…..maybe not during the service, but certainly when everyone is gathered together around a potluck. I’ve also always heard that laughing in church is a no-no. Sure, you don’t want to hee-haw or disrupt the service for everyone present, but there are times that some laughter can bring the congregation together.Laugh often, and try to find the brighter side to everything in your life. As we get older this is even more important. You will find if you have a smile on your face, and a quick easy laugh, your day will go by so much better. We hope you get a little laugh out of our book, “Rainbow’s End”.
The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter
“Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.”
Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body
“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”
“Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.”
Read more at Healthguide.org
We may tout that in the old days we had to work so much harder, and reuse everything until it fell apart, nothing was easy. But, I think because we have gradually opted for the easy way out of everything we do, we’re paying the price now. It’s a “throw away” society, and we don’t think twice about pitching something that we don’t feel we need any longer. A good example of this is college campuses in the early spring at move out time. Instead of packing up their belongings, the students simply carry everything to the curb and pitch it. You could easily furnish a whole house from their throw aways. Another example is we toss our televisions, cell phones, and computers because buying a new one is cheaper than fixing the old model. We toss tons and tons of plastic bags, plastic containers, and plastic furniture…..the list could go on and on. I feel like my children and grandchildren could possibly be buried by all this plastic that’s accumulating in our landfills.
Honestly, the younger generation would grow a better appreciation for their possessions, and take care of their surroundings once they realize that using something twice is not a “downer”. However, in order to do this, industry has to come up with better packaging that can be reused and repurposed. I applaud some of the grocery stores that are trying to go to paper bags only. That’s commendable. If we could all make the effort to try to “go green”, our world would be a better place, and I would think we seniors should find this very easy to do. We didn’t grow up with everything we used being made of some kind of plastic so changing over to reusable containers would be no problem. In fact, the thought is pleasing and gives this old senior hope for the future.
Amen to this article in an email I received!!
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
She was right — our generation didn’t have the ‘green thing’ in its day. Continue reading
I found this wonderful article on new year resolutions in The Boomer Online Weekly Magazine.
THE 7 TIPS FOR POSITIVE ENERGY
1. Start with you first.
Sure, it’s great to keep all the other people in your life happy, but don’t forget about the person closest to you – YOU. “We put ourselves out there wearing these various different hats, and we forget that we count,” says Lowry. “So by starting with you, you can create space to give yourself time to figure out who you are and what you want from life.” Continue reading