Health and Wellness Fridays- Laughter

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Friday Greetings to each of you!!¬† ūüôā Although it has been raining all day and most of the night I am happy to report that I’ve been blessed with another day and opportunity to share this earth with each of you.¬† I hope you’re all having a wonderful day so far and that you choose to make the most of it regardless of the obstacles that try to throw you off your game.

Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at the benefits of laughter to our overall health and well-being.

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Does laughter have any affect on our well-being?¬† Let’s find out.

Some benefits of laughter include:

  1. Reduce stress hormones
  2. Boosts immune system
  3. Regulates blood pressure
  4. Increases blood oxygenation
  5. Enhance your mood making you feel better
  6. Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers
  7. Help burn additional calories
  8. Help you cope better during challenging times
  9. Helps improve your sense of humour
  10. Works out the stomach muscles
  11. Improves heart health
  12. Improves memory
  13. May even fight off cancer
  14. Promote creativity
  15. Laughter increases connection with others

Some of us often think that if we or others are laughing then we or they are not taking life seriously.¬† The truth is, there will always be something going on in the world that we don’t like or agree it.¬† However, there will also have good things and people as well that should be celebrated and enjoyed and not overshadowed by all of the negativity that can suck the joy right out of us.

Just take a look at the possible benefits to be gained from such a simple act as laughing.    No sign up fee.  No membership fee. Laughter is the easiest and most affordable element we can add to our everyday lives to make even subtle improvements to our overall health and well-being.

Now back to my earlier question, “Does laughter have any affect on our well-being?”¬† Yes, I believe it does.¬† When I look around it is almost impossible to miss the visible differences between people who laugh nearly everyday and those who are barely able to crack a smile.¬† The major differences would include: their uptight physically and in their interactions with others; their bodies seem tense all of the time and some may even be labelled as unapproachable.

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I’m almost certain that if we took a closer look at their blood pressure and stress levels their scores would probably be higher as well and they may not even know it.¬† Most of us don’t realize until it is too late and we’re forced to go the doctor or the hospital.¬† Don’t allow the pressures of life to stifle your laughter.

Okay, so we’ve seen the benefits of laughter but there can be some side effects also.¬† Let’s take a look.

  1. Sore muscles. Have you ever laughed so hard and long that your muscles hurt? The joke or moment was hilarious but your poor muscles paid the price after. That was actually your muscles getting a workout.¬† The pain is short-lived but the funny memory would live on.¬†¬† ūüôā
  2. Persons in recovery from abdominal surgery in particular as well as any other area of the body that may be impacted by laughter should be cautious and if possible try avoiding laughter as this could be painful at least until after they have fully recovered.

At the end of the day, life has its complications from time to time but laughter is not one of them.  Smile, laugh and live each day enjoying every moment where and whenever you can.

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Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend!¬† Don’t forget to laugh. ūüôā

 

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The Truth about Stubbornness

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Stubbornness is an unwillingness to change one’s attitude or position on something, even when the alternative is better.

Is there an upside to stubbornness? Not really but then again it depends on who you ask and where you fall in the equation.¬† Let’s take a look.

UPSIDE  to STUBBORNNESS:

  1. You get to stay exactly as you ARE  because you already KNOW the answers to everything.
  2. You automatically ‘win’ every disagreement¬†because no one with a true understanding of the situation would expel much energy or effort trying to convince you otherwise.
  3. You don’t have to accept change.¬† Your way is the best way and there is nobody out there that can tell you different.

 

DOWNSIDE to STUBBORNNESS:

  1. Limits your growth not only in knowledge but also experiences.
  2. Makes accepting and implementing change difficult because you’re so stuck in your own ways.
  3. People tend to avoid any meaningful exchanges with you because they don’t want to end up in an argument.
  4. Blocks and limits understanding because of your unwillingness to show  understanding towards others.
  5. Hinders progress not only for yourself but others especially if you are in a position of power.
  6. It is a selfish way of interacting with the world around you.

There will always be someone out there with a different perspective, new ideas and concepts that challenge or may even improve our current way of doings things.¬†¬† We don’t have to like or agree with everything that is shared with us but we should at least respect the fact that a contribution is being made and do the right thing and that is – to genuinely hear them out.

Open-mindedness should not be what we expect of others when it comes to our beliefs and opinions especially when we ourselves may be closed-minded to what others have to say. 

Stubbornness that blocks and disregards the opinions, thoughts and feelings of others is a building block to nowhere.

 

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

Jealousy

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Jealousy clouds the mind and tightens the heart.

It causes us to miss moments to be genuinely happy for someone else because we’re too busy pondering why them and not us.

It fosters bitterness and stifles gratitude promoting forgetfulness Рsince we often forget all the good things (big and small) we have going on in our lives.

Jealousy blinds us from seeing our own strengths and possibilities.  If anything it highlights our insecurities.

It’s okay to celebrate someone else’s success while we work towards¬†achieving our own.

We should not allow jealousy to keep us from achieving our true potential or destiny. Let it go because it would only hinder our growth in various aspects of our lives.

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What’s Your Story?

We all have a story. 

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Some stories are long while others are short.

Some stories are filled with trials and tribulations. Others with a few obstacles here and there.

Some stories leave us feeling broken, lost, ashamed, unworthy and stuck.

Some stories even push us to be better, help us grow stronger, encourage us to overcome, to persevere and conquer every obstacle that comes.  Never accepting defeat we look for ways to overcome and find victory.

Our stories are a part of us but they are NOT who we are.  We ARE who we want to be NOT what happened to us. 

Some stories try to steal and deny us of our destiny, joy and happiness while others PUSH us closer to our destiny.  We just need to REACH OUT and CLAIM IT.

Stories are written every day and how you want your story to end is ultimately up to YOU.¬† Are you going to sit by and be a bystander in your own life?¬†¬† Don’t be a prisoner in your own story, write the ending you deserve.

It’s time to BREAK the cycle and START anew.

All you need to do is BELIEVE and WANT it bad enough.  Of course, based on our stories there would be some healing needed and even learning new patterns as we put aside the old thoughts and behaviours.

In the end, what really matters is WHERE you want to be and HOW much effort are you willing to put into getting there. ūüôā¬† A happy ending is still possible no matter what your story is.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Music Reflection Mondays #16 – Preferences

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!

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Music does different things for different people. Some use it to relax or de-stress, others to get their groove on (at the club or¬†while working out at the gym)¬†the uses vary from person to person.¬† However,¬†this¬†does not take away¬†from the fact that music helps us¬†get through life sometimes even distracting us from our problems even if only for a moment. For some of us that is good enough. ūüôā

Does the fact that your individual preferences for music if different from mine¬†mean that your selections or preferences are¬†better than mine or vice versa?¬† I think not!¬† Once I like what I listen to and you feel the same about what you like that’s all that matters.¬†¬†¬†Sometimes you¬†might hear a song that others might be all¬†hyped¬†about and wonder to yourself, “What’s the big deal about this song?”¬† Keep in mind that someone else might be listening to your preference and ask the same question.

Our preferences make us the individuals that we are.¬† There may be songs or genre of music that we¬†share and enjoy likewise there may be some that we¬†don’t share or enjoy – and you know what, that’s okay.¬†¬† I do not believe that we were placed on this earth to like all the same things and do all the same things – differences create variety and that helps to keep things interesting.¬† ūüôā

Don’t make assumptions about people because of how they look.¬† Their musical preferences may surprise you so don’t stereotype.¬†¬†Listen to what you like and what moves you but don’t be afraid to try something new from time to time.¬† You may not like everything and you don’t have¬†to.¬†¬† Don’t limit yourself to only what you know – allow your musical database to grow.

There is so much to learn and explore in the world of music from the different genre of music to new artiste and so much more.¬† Keep an open mind and ear.¬† In life there comes a time when you learn that in order to be truly happy you need to just do what you love. Music is no different. ūüôā

Have a good night and a blessed week.  Thank you for stopping by.

Hide and Seek

 

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This is a story about a forbidden relationship between two people called Denial and Truth who only played Hide and Seek.

Denial’s parents told him that he and Truth could NEVER be together¬†because she would only hurt him so he should always avoid her.¬† Denial did not listen to his parents and would in his own little way interact with Truth through playing Hide and Seek.

Truth liked Denial very much but could never get close to him.  Hide and Seek was all she had and this made her little heart sad.  No matter how hard she tried Denial always managed to slip away.

Until one day, Truth finally caught¬†up with Denial.¬† For the first time he was¬†cornered and trapped.¬†¬†¬†His emotions started swelling¬†up on the inside now his true feelings he could no longer hide.¬†¬† Truth looked Denial in his eyes and said, ” You can avoid me all you want. You could even try to wish me away¬†but I have news for you, I’m here to stay.¬† You constantly push me aside because your emotions you want to hide.¬† Can’t you see my love, you’re creating even more¬†turmoil inside?”

Denial unable to¬†control¬†his emotions¬†anymore¬†starts weeping uncontrollably on the floor.¬† Truth sits down¬†beside him attempting¬†to console him.¬† She understands¬†his heart is thin but this is a battle even he can’t win.¬† She then whispers in his ear, “I understand this hurts but avoiding me¬†will only make the pain worse. Let’s face these things together because that is the only way you’ll feel better.”

Over time these two stopped playing Hide and Seek and decided to meet up once a week.

Denial¬†finally understood that although he could¬†avoid¬†Truth¬†he could not remove her from his life. He soon realised that¬†facing her actually¬†made him feel better.¬† He eventually built up enough courage to take her home to meet his parents. ūüôā

You can just imagine his parents surprise to see their son Denial and Truth standing side by side.  It took them some getting used to but over time they learnt to accept and eventually love her too.

Remember, we may not always¬†like the truth about something,¬† someone or ourselves but avoiding it does not make it go away.¬†¬†I’ve learnt the only way¬†to truly move forward¬†is to face¬†and accept the truth¬†and¬†chart¬†a way forward.

Denial is only a short-term answer or response to our problems.¬† The time will come when we have to face what we’ve been¬†hiding or running¬†from.¬† It won’t be easy but the end result should you choose to embrace and see the process through is¬† greater clarity, your emotional burden will be lifted or lighter and the healing can finally begin – resulting in a much happier you.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day! ūüôā

Health and Wellness Fridays – Inspiration and Drive

Health and Wellness Greetings to each of you!

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Today I felt inspired to write about some of the things that typically inspire and drive some of us to take a different approach to our health and overall well-being.

  1. A visit to the doctor.  You go to the doctor for one thing and you end up with more feedback than you were expecting.  Sometimes he or she would have to recommend that we change or cut out some of our everyday habits.  We would probably even have to make changes to our diet and even increase or start taking exercising more seriously based on the findings.
  2. Looking in the mirror.¬† This one does not always inspire everyone.¬† For some a glimpse into the mirror is all they need to run and join a gym.¬† For others it just a reminder of the areas we should be working on.¬† I for one know the areas I need to pay closer attention to but I don’t let the mirror get me down.¬† Focus on the good, enhance your assets ūüôā and try to improve what you can.¬† Don’t spend anytime beating up yourself about where you’re at.¬† Focus on where you would like to be and make an effort to get there. ūüôā
  3. Constant feedback from those around you.  Some people mean well but they often neglect the fact that their good intentions can have a negative impact on the same people they are trying to help.  We allinternalize criticism differently.  Some use it as a driving force to excel in life while others absorb it and let it eat away at their very core.  When the latter happens, this not only hinders growth it creates depression and can even make things worse.
  4. You reach your ‘enough is enough’ moment. This is the point in your life when you’re tired of the excuses and you just take control of your life. You pay attention to what you eat, you make an effort to get active and just choose to no longer be a bystander in your own life.
  5. Fear of death.¬† Many of us want to live for as long as we can so we try to educate ourselves on the Dos and Don’ts and try to implement healthier lifestyle choices all in effort to preserve and hopefully extend our lives. The reality is, we all will die eventually and we have no say in how we go ultimately but we can reduce our risks for the things within our control.
  6. Family and loved ones.   Sometimes just the thought of  dying and leaving our loved ones is enough to motivate us to take better care of ourselves and them. Eating habits are learnt and taught whether we believe that or not.  Our families eat what we provide so we ultimately set the tone for their lives.  We owe it to them and ourselves to make better choices.

In the end, for each of us there may be multiple reasons why we do what we do and a few why we don’t.¬†¬†¬† These health and wellness posts are for people like me who sometimes need the reminder or gentle push to do more for ourselves.¬† No matter what ultimately drives and inspires us to live better – the number one reason should be because we are WORTH IT!¬†

Do I have all of the answers to health and wellness? NO but I do understand how challenging it can be when you have gained the weight and you’re trying to get if off and keep it off.¬† The battle between what taste best and what is BEST for us is real.¬† For some this comes easy and others like myself, we just have to take it one day and even one meal at a time.

Happy Friday to you all. Make today a great one and have a wonderful weekend!

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