Posts tagged ‘laugh’

Smile, smile, smile

Smiling uses up to 26 muscles, so there really is no excuse for not giving your face some exercise.

Go on, get smiling, it might even make you feel better!

Smile and the world smiles with you, so the saying goes…So have a “smile” day!

Pick a day of the week to be your “smile day” and smile at everyone you meet. Ok, in general, people can tell the difference between a real smile and a fake one, so don’t force it too much, but ten to one, by forcing a smile to begin with, you’ll end up doing it naturally.

Look people in the eyes when you smile and use your whole face – you can see a smile in your eyes.

Smiles are infectious – see the reaction you get, I bet you’ll be spreading smiles all day (read this poem if you don’t believe me!).

And since I’ve got you smiling, why not up the game and start laughing.

Make yourself laugh at least three times a day. Looking in the mirror and pulling funny faces may do it for you. Or watching a comedy on TV. Or thinking back to some funny experiences you’ve had, or watching old videos of the kids. Whatever works for you.

And finally, lighten up.

A lot of things in life cause frustration but most of it isn’t really that important. So what, if the driver behind you cuts you up, as long as no accidents were caused? So what, if you missed your bus and had to wait 10 minutes for the next one? So what, if your hair’s a mess/you’ve got a spot on your chin/your bum’s a bit wobbly?

Practise shrugging off life’s little irritations and allow yourself to SMILE.

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Advice from old people

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook recently – it’s well worth a read. Learn from it before it’s too late…

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1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.

2. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.

3. Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.

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4. Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?

5. People always say, ’’Make sure you get a job doing what you love!’’ But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.

6. If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savour all that is beautiful and comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.

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7. Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!

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8. Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.

9. A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am. Everyone else is just an acquaintance.

10. Children grow up way too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.

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11. Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more. Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.

12. Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke — so you never actually become one.

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13. Maybe this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important… Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.

14. Don’t take anyone else’s advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice is my advice…

15. The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME!

16. We have one time on this earth. Don’t wake up and realize that you are 60 years old and haven’t done the things you dreamed about.

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17. Appreciate the small things and to be present in the moment. What do I mean? Well, it seems today like younger people are all about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.

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18. Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.

19. If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.

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20. When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.

I hope you’ve learnt something from these mini-messages – I know I did.

 

Help yourself to Happiness

Psychologist Dr Robert Holden, director of The Happiness Project (happiness.co.uk), says we feel happiest when we begin to get to know who we truly are.

We want that lovely feeling of having no worries, not feeling pressure and not having to compare ourselves to anyone. He says we need to make more choices to support being happy.

So how to go about doing that?

First, ask yourself what would my day be like if I made a decision in the morning to have as much fun as possible that day?

Happiness isn’t about having more and more THINGS in life, it’s about working out the real “more” for you.

More time with loved ones?

More time to be creative?

More time just relaxing?

What is the real “more” for you?

And remember, how much you laugh is a good indicator of how much happiness you’re allowing into your life.

Use the questions below to help you think about the short-term and longer-term future and the right steps to take.

What are the most valuable changes you’ve made during the past year in your work, your relationship and your life as a whole?

Now work out what inspired those changes and what helped you make them.

Next, identify the key changes you want to make in the next three months in the same three areas: work, relationships and your life as a whole.

Finally, ask yourself what and who can help you make these changes? The answers to all these will show you the next steps to take.

Source: Woman and Home magazine