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Thought for the day:

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune – Jim Rohn


Be Careful? Or Be Cheerful?

Many times an advice to be cheerful may actually do more good than an advice to be careful. There is no shortage of self-help books and articles about taking care of yourself physically – from watching your diet to getting proper exercise. In other words, “Be careful!” But just as necessary is learning how to care for your mind and spirit. And cultivating a cheerful attitude can be an important part of the treatment.

You’re no doubt familiar with some of the research linking a healthy sense of humour, and especially laughter, to overall better health. Researchers now know that:

  • Laughter reduces stress hormone levels so we feel less stressed.
  • It enhances our immunity by improving our mood. Our immune system is stronger on those “up” days and we are less prone to upper respiratory infections.
  • Laughter causes us to breathe more fully, bringing in more oxygen and releasing toxins.
  • After a good laugh our blood pressure drops, heart rate and breathing slow down and muscle tension decreases.
  • Even in stressful times, humour and good cheer help us to find joy. As you know, joy and stress just don’t mix.
  • Also, they are learning that laughter increases productivity and creativity.
  • It helps our muscles to relax. This natural relaxation effect not only reduces stress but it also has been shown to alleviate headaches, chronic anxiety and other stress-related problems.
  • Laughter reduces pain in the chronically ill. Norman Cousins, in his book Head First: The Biology of Hope, noticed that ten minutes of belly laughter often gave him two hours of pain-free sleep.
  • In fact, it is said that a good belly laugh is so good for the heart some people liken it to internal jogging.

Do you tend to focus on what is wrong with your life, or what is right? Are you known as an angry person, or are you known more for being up-beat and positive? Are you finding enough laughter and humour every day?

Sometimes I think the best sense we can make of life is a sense of humour.



Steve Goodier

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