Want an experiment to easily lift your spirits? Try some fake laughter first thing in the morning. It may feel strange at first but eventually, it will feel comfortable and easy…we are laughing creatures afterall!
In addition to the psychological lift, it does our bodies a world of good. In a sense, laughing is like exercise—it boosts the immune system, aids digestion and improves cardiovascular and lung function. It’s also believed to raise levels of good cholesterol and reduce pain, inflammation, blood pressure and stress hormone levels. When we laugh, we release endorphins, chemicals that function as neurotransmitters and block pain receptors in the brain.
How to fake laugh?
Immediately after waking up in the morning, look in the mirror and laugh. Begin with 10 or 20 seconds, and try to work your way up to two minutes, if you can. Again, feel free to fake it at first. That will get you going. This exercise gives you an energy boost…relieves stress…and helps you feel good all day long.
Source: Teresa Verde is a certified laughter leader and laughter yoga leader in Seattle, Washington www.OneThousandLaughs.com
It’s that easy…and really, what do you have to lose? Make sure you take note of the sensation after you’ve laughed. You should notice relaxation, deeper breather and a sense of feeling lighter.
So get laughing and lighten your load!
Want a sweet way to start your week? Check out this video.
It’s the story of a dog named Himalaya who refuses to give up on a Down Syndrome toddler who doesn’t want to play.
Don’t we all secretly harbor a desire to be famous? Well, many of us do. But of course, as we’ve seen, fame can bring far more than bargained for. Read on:
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. – FRANCIS BACON, Essays
I thought famous people were proud, unapproachable, that they despised the crowd, and by their fame and the glory of their name, as it were, revenged themselves on the vulgar herd for putting rank and wealth above everything. But here they cry and fish, play cards, laugh and get cross like everyone else! – ANTON CHEKHOV, The Seagull
Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.
- VICKI BAUM, Grand Hotel
Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man. – THOMAS CARLYLE, Goethe
The desire for fame tempts even noble minds. – ST. AUGUSTINE, The City of God
- Well, there was a time I would have
- Hung around just to be seen
- Hey man, it’s a shame when you start to fade
- Diamond rings and sparkly things
- Won’t make your shine stay
- SHERYL CROW, “Superstar”
In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. – Andy Warhol
Some countries just seem so pulled-together. You know, like that friend who always seems to wear just the right outfit but even looks great in jeans and a t-shirt? Sweden is that fashionable friend…because they just got rid of trash! Read on:
Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash.
Sweden’s waste management and recycling programs are second to none as only four percent of the nation’s waste ends up in landfills. By contrast, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over half of the waste produced by U.S. households ends up in landfills.
Because the Swedish manage waste so effectively and then use what remains to partly power their country, they are now living an environmentalist’s dream; a shortage of garbage.
In order to continue fueling the waste-to-energy factories that provide electricity to a quarter of a million homes and 20 percent of the entire country’s district heating, Sweden is now importing trash from the landfills of other European countries. In fact, those countries are paying Sweden to do so.
You read that correctly, countries are paying to get rid of a source of fuel they themselves produced so that Sweden can continue to have the energy output they need. You don’t have to be an economist to know that’s one highly enviable energy model.
Source: Positive TV
Many of us have “unresolved issues” with a few people in our life. And unfortunately, we may never have the opportunity (or the desire) to resolve them in person.
But all is not lost.
While we may not have that person in our proximity, we always have our imagination. Find a quiet space and begin talking to the person as if he or she was there. Vent, cry, yell. Listen. How would he or she respond? How do you want them to respond?
Give space to anything happening. It is your imagination afterall.
It’s powerful and healing and at your disposal now.
Doesn’t sound very magical, reading your Tarot cards online. But the images still have a deep resonance and who’s to say that spiritual guidance can only be found in the dark cobwebbed room of a fortune teller?
So draw 3 Tarot cards today. Ask a question and see what the cards reveal. Stay open and remember: there’s no right or wrong answer. You’ll naturally find one that resonates with you!
Even if you don’t sail, you probably understand the freedom and magic that comes with such an airy pursuit. Sail in your mind today, even if you’re stuck somewhere with nary a breeze!
If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it’s life or death. – Morgan Freeman
I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full. – Arthur Ashe
I use filming as an excuse to take classes. I got my certification in sailing for ‘Wedding Crashers,’ and now I can handle a 26-foot boat. I played a seamstress once, so I took sewing classes. I love dipping into these other lives. – Rachel McAdams
I have no interest in sailing around the world. Not that there is any lack of requests for me to do so. – Edward Heath
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. -Thomas Merton
This might be a difficult sell as a purely positive news story. There are politics involved, ecological concerns as well as complicated logistics. But underneath it, something very positive remains: Iceland is teeming with geothermal energy garnered from volcanic action underneath the earth. What will happen with that energy is another question…but there are smart alternatives that other countries are utilizing that hopefully we can learn from:
Krafla [power plant] is today a showcase of Iceland’s peerless mastery of renewable energy sources, another problem that has dogged its energy calculations for decades still remains: what to do with all the electricity that the country — which literally bubbles with steam, hot mud and the occasional cloud of volcanic ash — is capable of producing. In a nation with only 320,000 people, the state-owned power company, Landsvirkjun, which operates the Krafla facility, sells just 17 percent of its electricity to households and local industry.
“This is a very promising project,” said Mr. Hordur Arnarson, the power company’s chief. “We have a lot of electricity for the very few people who live here.” Compared with the rest of the world, he said, Iceland produces “more energy per capita by far, and it is very natural to consider connecting ourselves to other markets.”
Read full story at The New York Times.
I’m dogsitting for my friend. And boy, its a load of responsiblity. But the pay-off is amazing. She makes me laugh, suprises me with her goofy ways and is, simply put, a tremendous source of love. So today is a dog day. Let’s read what others have to say:
“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
- Charles M. Schulz
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
- Groucho Marx
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
- Milan Kundera
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
- Josh Billings
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
- Will Rogers
“Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.”
- Dave Barry
It doesn’t take me much to lift my spirits. Sometimes its the sound of a beautiful piece of music. Or walking outside in the glistening sunlight and crystalline air. Sometimes its watching an animal in motion, playing, sleeping. When I saw these images in The Huffington Post this morning, it brought a smile to my face. I hope it does the same for you.
It is the quokka, a marsupial native to a small corner of southwestern Australia. The animal is currently listed as “vulnerable,” according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Let’s send some collective love their way and hope they continue to thrive and be happy on this planet.