Abe Lincoln, Mr. Lugubrious himself, said, "A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be."
(1)Laugh Yourself Well,by Donna L. Watkins
"This concept was popularized most spectacularly by Norman Cousins who became very ill with a collagen disease in the mid-1960s. Even though he was in constant pain and felt like crying all the time, he embarked on an experiment using laughter to stimulate his healing. He found movies, jokes, and stories that were funny, hilarious, and just plain silly. The more he laughed, the less pain he felt. He used joy to activate his immune system and endocrine system into proper functioning.
When he had succumbed to the oppression of the disease, Cousins felt wretched. When he developed a cheerful heart, he found he had a continual feast of gradually improving recovery. Ten minutes of belly laughter produced two hours of sleep without pain. Hours of laughter each day produced more and more healing in his body which was confirmed by consistent laboratory tests"
(2)Dr. Joseph Mercola: "Although it is still often overlooked, emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing - no matter how devoted you are to the proper diet and lifestyle, you will not achieve your body's ideal healing and preventative powers if emotional barriers stand in your way...If you can become happier you will help build a better world. If you can improve your ability to address stresses and negative emotions, you're more likely to be able to do the things that no one would claim are trivial.
And building positive emotions through humor also is one of the most natural things you can do to broaden your view of this wonderful world in which we live."
Absolutely nothing positive is gained by being pessimistic, cynical or negative, sure you can be funny in those venues at times, but it is a tearing down kind of thing, not a building thing. A perpetually negative cynical or pessimistic person is not a happy person and is probably not healthy either, and as we can see from Norman Cousins example it's a cart following the horse sort of thing. If we can laugh, we can heal, not we are miserable because we are sick. and I know sick, I know depression, pain and heartbreak, but there's ALWAYS something to laugh about, or for.
(3)Laugh yourself well/"Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." Ethel Thomas a self-appointed "laugh leader" says.
"Your brain cannot differentiate between a forced laugh and a real laugh," she said. "You still reap the benefits." When her clients are difficult, anxious or want to wander, Thomas tells her staff to "suit up" by putting on their clown costumes. "When the going gets tough," she said, "you need to laugh."
"...as adults we often become so serious that we lose the ability. "On average, children will laugh 300 to 400 times a day. Adults on average laugh 15 times a day. Just like you take you daily vitamin, you need a daily laugh," she said
So get out the big red noses, make funny faces, sing silly songs, watch stupid funny movies,get those belly muscles rippling with peals of uncontrollable laughter, get well, feel better, look for the good, ignore the bad, have fun, live better, love harder, laugh longer!
So eat, drink and be Merry, but most of all be Merry!
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A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife stayed home.
He wanted her to see what he went through so he prayed:
"Dear Lord: I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife merely stays at home. I want her to know what I go through, so please allow her body to switch with mine for a day. Amen.
God, in his infinite wisdom, granted the man's wish.
The next morning, sure enough, the man
awoke as a woman
He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast, packed their lunches, drove them to school, came home and picked up the dry cleaning, took it to the cleaners and stopped at the bank to make a deposit, went grocery shopping, then drove home to put away the groceries, paid the bills and balanced the cheque book. He cleaned the cat's litter box and bathed the dog.
Then it was already 1 P.M. and he hurried to make the beds, do the laundry, vacuum, dust, and sweep and mop the kitchen floor.
Ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an argument with them on the way home. Set out milk and cookies and got the kids organized to do their homework, then set up the ironing board and watched TV while he did the ironing.
At 4:30 he began peeling potatoes and washing vegetables for salad, breaded the pork chops and snapped fresh beans for supper.
After supper, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded laundry, bathed the kids, and put them to bed.
At 9 P.M. he was exhausted and, though his daily chores weren't finished, he
went to bed where he was expected to make love, which he managed to get through without complaint. The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said: Lord, I don't know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wife's being able to stay home all day. Please, oh please, let us trade back."
The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied: "My son, I feel you have learned your lesson and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were. You'll just have to wait nine months, though. You got pregnant last night."
<> Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
<> The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put
it back in your pocket.
<> A closed mouth gathers no foot.
<> Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side,
and it holds the universe together.
<> There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
<> Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are
<> Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
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(1) Laugh Yourself Well,by Donna L. Watkins
(3)Laugh yourself well/'Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional'