20 Benefits of Laughter

 Get your tummy muscles flexed and ready to chuckle and use this day as an excuse to start a new hilarious habit.

 The funny thing about laughter is that it is an entity in itself. It does not need to befriend humour in order to occur; just as humour can emerge without laughter.

Laugh for the Health of It

There are many benefits to a good hearty belly laugh and among them are:

    1. Laughter reduces stress levels by 75% or more.
    2. Laughter increases blood circulation and improves breathing.
    3. Laughter exercises facial, abdominal and chest muscles.
    4. Immune, digestive and sexual systems are switched on by laughter.
    5. Laughter increases tolerance for pain.
    6. There are no costs for laughter, but the income is priceless.
    7. Laughter improves the functionality of the brain and makes you more alert.
    8. Ten minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes of rowing or jogging.
    9. The simple thought of having a good laugh helps you relax.
    10. Laughter and humour can help you cope with difficult situations.
    11. Playful laughing fuels positive emotions and cultivates optimism.
    12. Laughter slows down the aging process.
    13. Laughter raises your overall sense of well-being and leaves you bursting with energy.
    14. Self-confidence and communication skills are given a boost by laughter.
    15. Laughter keeps you connected to others.
    16. Laughter reassures you and defuses fear.
    17. Laughing is a universal language – just like smiling.
    18. Laughter is the cure for depression.
    19. Although laughter is not a disease, it can be contagious.
    20. Laughter makes you creative, ripe with possibility and excited about new ideas.

Open a Laughing Memory Account

What made you laugh today? Be sure to deposit it in your laughing memory bank account along with all your past laughing memories. You never know when an emergency situation will occur, and you’ll need to withdraw. You can do this by creating a special Laughing Memory Account book to record your happy memories in.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
Victor Borge

We don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh. – William James

Among those who I like and admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those I love, I can: they all make me laugh.
W. H. Auden

Relationship Lessons

I was ecstatic when Asterix and I met up after a few weeks apart and he announced that he wanted to be in a committed relationship with me. In theory, everything was fine. But technically, there were quite a few missing pieces. First of all, he was the most dangerous person I could be with because he didn’t want to love me, and he also didn’t want to lose me. So, he lied to me and used me until he found someone else and quickly replaced me.

Looking back now, I realize I felt the red flags, all of them, but I chose to ignore them and put my faith in love instead of in his lack of action. He rarely wanted to communicate with me. Even when we were on an eighteen hour road trip, he preferred silence to conversation. He never wanted to talk on the phone either, he preferred very quick impersonal text messages. I respected that and accepted it… Never again! I’m worth so much more than that!

Here are a few important things I learned:

    • Always pay attention to the red flags and question them.
    • Lack of action on his part is a giant red flag.
    • Trust doesn’t live in the same space as lies.
    • The more chances you give someone, the less they value you.
    • I deserve to be treated with love and respect.
    • Honesty and communication are crucial to a good relationship.

Finally, he may have been most of what I asked for in a man, except he didn’t choose me the way I chose him. Next relationship I get involved in, whoever he is will have to make me a priority. I am worthy. In the meantime, just breathe.

8 Quick Tips to Overcome Winter Depression

We’ve set the clocks back and unhappily welcome the early darkness. A lot of us hate this time of year. We’d rather have sunsets that start at 9 pm on the beach than darkness that starts at 4 pm. We want the heat, not the cold winter months that lay ahead. So, what can we do to stay sane during the dark depressing winter months? Here are a few suggestions:

    1. Use a phototherapy light. A friend gave me one for Christmas last year and it really does help.
    2. Paint. Take out your brushes and get creative. Keeping busy on a project will keep your mind off the dark that looms outside.
    3. Write. Journalling is one of the best therapies ever. I strongly recommend this as it helps evacuate negative thoughts.
    4. Visit friends and family. Make the extra effort to go out and see people, it will help keep your mind off bleak introspection.
    5. Take in the sunshine. No matter how cold it gets, try to squeeze in some outside light by going for a walk or doing other outdoor activities like snowshoeing, skating or skiing.
    6. Take some Vitamin D. Vitamin D will supply you with that extra boost of energy you need to produce a smile.
    7. Take online classes. Why not take that aerobics class you’ve been wanting to do for a while?
    8. Setup video meetings with family and friends. Have dinner together via video, it will break the feeling of loneliness.

Most importantly, remember that it’s only temporary. It’s so easy to forget when we are down, but things will naturally come back up. Hang in there! Time flies when you keep busy doing things you love.

I used to play the following song on a loop when I was feeling depressed. What’s your happy song?

 

 

The Dream

I have to do a project about dreams for school. This could go so many ways:

    • Should I dream about actual life objectives and make the dream real?
    • Should I go off into an imaginary world where bears walk on tightropes with an umbrella in their paws up in the sky?
    • What if my dream is a nightmare where I’m being chased by demons on flaming motorcycles?

Dream big they say. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney

Perhaps I should simply lay my head down and close my eyes and see what pops up. Either way, I have to get this project done using textures, words and images. This is where I get to use my imagination… and PhotoShop.

What do you dream about?