Laughter is the best medicine. Laughing has many benefits to your health. It can improve your physical, mental and emotional health. It lessens stress, increases immune cells, fights infections and helps resist disease. Laughter is very beneficial to relationships and produces a general sense of well-being. It is almost impossible to be anxious or worried and laugh at the same time.
The best thing about laughter…it is free! You don’t have to get a prescription, go to the drug store and pay money for something that might make you feel better. Laughter costs nothing and in my opinion, it works better than a lot of medications. People who are sick or in hospitals have been known to have improved health due to laughing. In the Cancer Treatment Centres of America, they are using laughter therapy to help their patients. You can read the article here.
Maybe you haven’t laughed in a long time because of situations in your life. Maybe you don’t feel like there is anything to laugh at. You might be struggling with health issues, emotional problems or relationship breakdowns. Life can be very discouraging and depressing at times when all you can see is the negative side. This is why you need to try to look at things with a positive perspective instead of a negative perspective. Laughter can really help. Read this article from the Mayo Clinic about the benefits of laughter.
Here are some ways to add laughter to your life:
- surround yourself with funny and encouraging people
- watch a funny movie
- read a funny book
- schedule time for laughter each day
- laugh when you make a mistake
- try to see things from a positive perspective
- get a coach who can help you change your perspective
You can laugh about a lot of things in life that may not seem funny. It takes a lot of practice if you are normally negative and serious, but you can do it. One time I was walking downtown and I felt my slip sliding down my legs right in the middle of a busy sidewalk. I was starting to feel embarrassed and my brain was telling me to leave the slip on the ground and walk away quickly but I chose to just reach down and pick up my slip, stuff it in my purse and smile at the people around me. It was much more comfortable feeling amused than upset.
So put on a smile, develop a positive perspective and laugh!!
A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Have you ever stopped to consider how powerful our words can be? Everything that we say can have a huge impact on other people and even ourselves. Just one little word or phrase can heal a person’s life or it can destroy it. When we use words that are kind, loving and supportive we can lift people up and make them feel good. On the other hand, when we say words that are mean, nasty and vindictive we can tear people down and make them feel bad.
Think about words that people say to you:
- When you felt lonely and a family member said something loving to you, how did it make you feel?
- When you were feeling down and a friend said something encouraging, did it lift you up?
- When you were having a bad day at work and your boss told you that you did a good job, did your day go better?
Remember those times when a family member spoke to you in anger or someone at work criticized something you did or a friend told you they were too busy to have coffee with you. How did those words make you feel?
We should always be careful with our words and choose them carefully. Don’t let unkind, careless or cruel words come out of your mouth. Think before you speak especially when you are stressed, tired, angry or upset. Those are times when even the nicest person can be thoughtless and let words slip out that should never be spoken.
Saying unkind words to ourselves is also a bad thing. We can be very cruel to ourselves, speaking words we have heard other people say to us or about us. We need to challenge our self-talk and make sure we are not hurting ourselves with our own words. What other people say is only a reflection of who they are and not who we are. We believe a lot of things that are just not true.
We need to understand how powerful our words are and make sure we use them to lift people up, encourage them, support them and show our love.
The media gets blamed for a lot of the problems in the world and rightly so. Every day we are bombarded with images that influence the way we think about ourselves and others. We see images of beautiful people living perfect lives that make us feel like there is something wrong with us. We see ads that tell us we need to buy certain products in order to be accepted and loved. Our confidence takes a hit and we become a person who feels unworthy and inferior to everyone else.
So, who is the media? Who is telling us the lies that we are not good enough, that we don’t measure up and that we have no value? It is not just a screen or an image that we see. The media is comprised of people just like you and me. It is people who are creating these images that have a profound influence on us. We are influenced by everyone and everything that goes on around us. These influences can be positive or they can be negative.
The ads that promote beauty products are most often created by women. It is women that are tearing other women down! Did you ever consider this? The ads they create tell us:
- we don’t look good enough (FOR WHAT?)
- we are too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, etc….(COMPARED TO WHAT RIDICULOUS STANDARD?)
- we don’t measure up (TO WHAT?)
- we need to buy their products in order to have friends and be successful (WHY IS OUR FUTURE DEPENDENT ON THEM?)
We need to stop believing what the media tells us. Next time you want to believe something that the media is telling you, stop and consider who is really speaking to you. The media is just a bunch of strangers who don’t know anything about you and don’t really care who you are. All they want is to make you feel bad about yourself so they can line their pockets with your hard-earned money. Don’t believe their lies. We DO have value. We ARE good enough. We DO measure up. We DO NOT need their products to be a productive and successful human being. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Our value lies in who we are, not in what we look like or what we have.
We live in a world that is complicated. Daily pressures cause us to try to do way more that we should. We try to pack so many things into 24 hours that we are exhausted at the end of the day. Work, family, daily chores, meetings, sports, other activities….it is all too much for many of us to handle. The stress we feel is handed down to our children when we place our own expectations on their little lives.
Children are not allowed to be children anymore. They are pressured into growing up quickly and filling their time with endless activities. When I was small, life was simple. I spent hours playing by myself and using my creativity to do projects like painting, sewing and knitting. Toys and games did not fill my room and I wasn’t bored. Instead of spending hours playing on a computer or an i-pad, I was outside riding my bicycle or having adventures in my backyard.
I see children today who are involved in so many things that they don’t have time to enjoy their childhood. Their schedules are so full of activities like sports, dancing, martial arts, video games, parties and other events that they don’t have time to use their own creativity. Then when they do have down time, they go to rooms full of toys and games and are bored because they have nothing to do.
Parents often smother their children with too much, thinking it shows love. We all want our children to have nice things but when it is overdone, it can result in emotional problems. Kids feel frustrated, stressed, unsatisfied and feeling entitled to having everything they want. We should give our children less stuff and allow them to have more free time to build their creativity. We should give our children less activities and more family time. More is not better. More is stressful. We need to simplify the lives of ourselves and our children.
Here is a great article I just read that explains more deeply what happens when we simplify life.http://raisedgood.com/extraordinary-things-happen-when-we-simplify-childhood/
Can people count on you? Do you keep your commitments? Are you honest? Do you do what is right?
People with integrity have strong values, beliefs and principles. Their character is consistent and they always try to do the right thing even when it is hard or it goes against what society believes.
How can you tell if someone has integrity?
- they are truthful
- they keep their promises
- they are there for you even in tough times
- they are more concerned with giving than receiving
- they always do their best and care about what they are doing
- they accept responsibility for their mistakes
- they are forgiving
- they don’t blame others
- they don’t try to hurt others, instead they try to help others
Do you have integrity? Are you teaching your children to have integrity?
Sometimes we inherit something from our parents, like the same colour of eyes or hair or maybe the same shaped nose. But were you aware that we can also inherit their character traits and tendencies?
Children are born with their own personalities but these can be influenced greatly by the behaviour and actions of their parents.
- If we are angry, bitter or negative people, our children can also become angry, bitter or negative.
- If we are self-centered and focus on ourselves more than others, our children will become selfish and lack generosity.
- If we have an addiction to cigarettes, alcohol or drugs, our children are more likely to develop an addiction.
- If we don’t have solid moral values, our children will not learn to respect themselves and others.
As parents, we have a profound affect on our children and we should ensure that we are influencing them in a positive way. This isn’t an easy task and we will make mistakes. However, we should carefully look at our own lives and try to make any necessary changes so we can become to be the best possible role model.
What are you passing on to your kids?