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LAUGHTER———–YUP—put some laughter on!

Do you know that a young child can laugh over 300 times a day whereas an adult will “chuckle” ONLY a fraction of this amount — often much less, if at all. Oh dear—-and that is no friggin joke.

When life is taken too seriously, we are missing out on one of the greatest health boosting habits around. Feel good endorphins, pain management, lower blood pressure, protection from illness, a sharper mind — are just a few perks a little levity can supply. Laughter makes people smarter, more productive, and some would say, way more sexier! Ooooooo goodie!

Yup—and it’s just what the doctor ordered! As it turns out, a good sense of humor is essential for thriving health. Not only is it pleasurable; laughter stimulates the heart and lungs, relieves stress and strengthens the immune system. It even enhances the intake of oxygen, stimulates circulation and relaxes the muscles — benefiting major organs and triggering the release of endorphins. This, in turn, leads to more happy states of enjoyment. Having a lively laugh (that’s me for sure! ) also relieves discomfort by prompting the body to produce natural painkillers and interrupts the pain-spasm cycle of muscle disorders as well. On top of that, laughter lowers blood sugar levels — promising news for diabetics. Time to put those cookies down and get your laugh on!

Laughter sharpens the mind too. Ron Berk, PhD of Johns Hopkins Medical School began using humor to alleviate his students’ lecture induced lethargy. He quickly realized that not only did his students stay awake, but there was also a noticeable spike in test scores. To support his theory, Berk and a colleague divided the class into two groups. Everyone took the same exam, but only one group received instructions that were funny. The students who were given a measure of amusement scored considerably higher on the test.

Research has shown that laughter, like love and contentment, broadens thinking, really allows us to adapt to those ever changing circumstances and spurs creativity. Scientists believe this is caused by the way humor activates the reward center of the brain. In a Stanford University study, participants were placed in MRI machines and shown Bizarro cartoons. When the jokes were found to be funny, a central area of the brain called the nucleus accumbens (the whaaaat???) became active. This is the VERY same reward circuit that pumps out dopamine when we have sex or consume chocolate. Ohhhh YUMMMM. Now-that is worth paying attention to! Dopamine is that neurotransmitter that stimulates the frontal lobe which is where creative thought takes place. Soooo—enjoying that good laugh helps us to think out of the box and with way more efficiency. Pretty good deal huh????

HOW to spark a little laughter??
Do you need a wee bit of inspiration to bring a bit of laughter into your life?

Here are just a few ideas to get you giggling………………

– Go to the card store and read all the funny cards—SERIOUSLY—especially the ones that make sounds. (Have you seen me there????)

– Tickle or be tickled–oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

– Keep humor close at hand with pics or silly movies that make you chuckle.

–Go to You Tube—and watch some silly videos—especially ones of little kids—you will crack up!

– Make it a habit of spending time with lighthearted and amusing friends and family.

– See the humor in everyday life, human foibles and all…it is ALWAYS waiting to be noticed.

– Spend time with a young child — laughter is seriously contagious.

– Go to the zoo

– Go to the toy store ( yes the toy store 🙂 )

Holy moly–with all the stress and doom and gloom these days, it is SO friggin important to offset the negativity with a silly giggle here and there. A good dose of comic relief and camaraderie will lighten your life, improve your mind and relaxxxxxxxxx the body.

It’s really going to even make you more healthy to boot. Yup—for sure.

Come on now—-go ahead—-get on that computer and check out You Tube—- it is chock full of hysterical stuff!

Okeedokie–gotta go put my laugh on!

Gail 🙂

Ding Dong—Freedom calling

Hello—

Happy 4th of July!

How about answering that ding dong and opening that door to your freedom???

Hmmm—but how you may ask?? Simple–just answer it with the “F” word!!

Whaaaaaaaaaat you say?? Yup—the ‘F” word is the one thing that will free you COMPLETELY.

I don’t know about you–but I’m all over that one. Anything that will free me up to be lighter, happier and more centered has my attention!

Now that I have your attention 🙂 –allow me to elaborate.

OK—Imagine that life is a river–now keep in mind that EVERYTHING you want in life is downstream—it makes sense then to want to go with the flow. Nothing you want is upstream- you just gotta trust me on that. Now–sometimes it seems as if we sort of stall or seem to get stuck. You want to go with the flow—but your friggin proverbial boat just doesn’t seem to be cooperating. You really want to free yourself up and head on downstream with your dreams, passions and goals.

Hmmmm–you wonder. Maybe there might be a little river cleanup that has to occur so you can freely float downstream. I mean after all–you know what going with the flow feels like.  Yup—you really do flow, things happen,. you feel happy and it just feels plain old good. When that is not occurring–it’s just time for some cleanup!

Here is where the “F” word comes in. Sometimes our river gets blocked with some not so pretty stuff. Sometimes we just don’t know how to unblock it.

Ta da! Let’s bring in that “F” word now and clean this out and let freedom in.

FORGIVENESS. Yup–the “F” word. Powerful and potent. A game changer for sure.

Forgiveness frees you from the ties that bind you –and I mean it–they really do bind you.

It doesn’t matter whether you were right, they were right, you were wronged, you were hurt really badly, whether promises were broken or not kept, whether you felt unfairly treated —I mean the list could go on forever.

You really have to forgive everyone, whether they are here now in your life, whether they were once a part of your life, whether they have passed on, whether they know you were or are hurt or not.

You really have to forgive them all. …TO FREE YOU. It doesn’t mean you have to like what happened–it doesn’t mean you have to agree with what happens –it just means that in order to FREE YOU–you have to forgive and let it go!  They do not even need to know you forgive them. It is NOT for them–it is for you.

You release you from the ties that bind.

I must add that one of the most important people to forgive is YOU, the current you, the you of yesterday or maybe the you from a long time ago with all those regrets. PUT YOURSELF ON THE LIST.

It is not difficult. I use the process I have on my Forgiveness CD all the time. I regularly clear my stuff out–cause I want to go with my flow!

This Forgiveness CD can be purchased on my website under products—and is a life saver.

There is a lot of good stuff out there on how to forgive. Find what resonates with you and do it.

You can also do a simple little process:

Make a list–either on paper or in your mind–and as each person, including “you” comes to mind—simply say:

I bless you, I forgive you and I release you….you may need to repeat once or twice more.

Keep breathing through this—and see the person just floating off to their highest good -as the ties that bound you to them are released. Feel the rush of freedom and lightness as you do this.

REMEMBER–it is YOU that you are freeing. Literally—in any given moment we all are doing the best we can in that moment-and then when we know better we have an opportunity to do better.

What do you say that you practice the “F” word and let your freedom ring!

Gail

 

 

Hey–is your toaster plugged in????

HELLO!!

Well–OK–maybe you don’t even have a toaster 🙂 —HOWEVER—all appliances must be plugged in to work–right? Let’s think about that one for a moment. Even the shiniest, latest model, top of the line, built to last, energy efficient model of anything will simply NOT work–unless it is plugged in.

By now you are saying—OK Gail –duh—I get that –of course THAT makes perfect sense.

Sooooo—-what if you applied that simple common sense thinking to you— yup—that whole plug in thing.

Hmmmm—how often do you run and run and run—-and feel sort of off—not quite right, off balance, disconnected, off kilter, uneasy, anxious, overwhelmed, or the ever popular one of being stressed out?????

Now come on—if a machine needs to be plugged in to work–and get it’s juice–so to speak—don’t ya think that you do to???

YES—-YES—-YES!! Honestly this can be viewed in lots of different ways—in terms of what you are actually plugging in to and how to do it.

Some call it the Universe, the Energy, God, Higher Power, Spirit, or some simply might feel that plugging in–is just about recharging your batteries.

Here’s the deal—whatever you call it or view it as—JUST FRIGGIN DO IT!

The moment you do—you WILL feel the palpable difference. Trust me.

Its a funny thing that we tend to go and go and gooooooooooo—-sometimes and very often using up all our reserves and then some! We can tend to put off the plugging in part—till later. I’ll do it soon, we say, or as soon as I have more time—then I will—and on and on we go–wondering why we just don’t feel right, and things seem a little haywire, or we are just not quite in our power or flow.

Plugging in may mean taking a walk, a 3 minute meditation, deep breathing (5 of them is the magic instant fix ), listening to rocking and happy music, listening to quiet music, sitting at the ocean watching the waves, just STOPPING and being quiet for a few minutes, taking a bath, listening to a meditation CD, visualizing yourself being connected to the energy of all that is, laughing (one of my favs), just being fully present in the moment  and being aware of all your surroundings, or pausing and appreciating  6 things—or if you feel like it just go on a full rampage of appreciation!

The point is–to find your plug in–that works for you and do it.

Your resourcefulness AND creativity will instantly increase.

You will feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel how good it feels to be plugged in—sort of like an instant inside massage!

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!

Gail

 

 

 

Hi…….

I want you to imagine that all, yes I mean ALL your thoughts were currency.

Are some of you uttering a few choice expletives right now???

Maybe some of you are feeling pretty darn cool about what your currency is getting you!!

If you are feeling good about that concept —–BRAVO to you—your life is rich and filled with what you choose to spend your thoughts on!!!

However——-if you uttered an expletive earlier—-then you unhappily realized that if your thoughts were currency, then you’ve been spending them—– maybe—- on some good stuff——but——–also on a whole bunch of stuff you don’t want now, never wanted and certainly nothing you want to put in a friggin savings account for a rainy day!!! OMG!

I’m telling you—-that whole concept of thoughts being currency sure does shine one massive bright light on what we are thinking about.

Remember that ALL your thoughts create—-yes–every single one.

So allow me to emphasize this———choose the ones that will bring you what you DO want. Period.

Spend your currency wisely!!!

Gail

Twelve words that change your life!

Hello and Happy May!

These twelve words will literally CHANGE your life.

I always know what to do, when to do it– and how. 

These words send a most powerful message to your unconscious mind–“The Captain of your ship”. The powerful instructions it gives to your unconscious mind is stunning. It instantaneously moves you into a place of power and allows and instructs  your unconscious mind to “ALWAYS know what to do, when to do it and how“.

I’m telling you—say— these—-twelve words at all times and in all circumstances and then  buckle up–for the flow of life will beautifully and swiftly carry you forward!

Here’s to the flow of your life carrying you downstream where everything you want is anyhow!!!

WOOHOOO!!!!

Gail