Here’s a snippet from a current work in progress. The book is Spoonful of Sugar: A Daily Dose of Inspiration and Encouragement, scheduled for publication in November.

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FEBRUARY 10

People who laugh actually live longer than those who don’t laugh.
Few persons realize that health actually varies according to the amount of laughter.
James J. Walsh

Some people seem to have an instinctive ability to express joy and laugh their way through life. Others find it more difficult to be cheerful and to freely laugh. But when we look at how laughter can prolong our lives and give us greater health, I think it behooves us all to add larger doses of this restorative activity to our daily life.

Scientific studies have now been done to correlate the relationship between laughter and health, but in the 60’s, the idea was a far-fetched one. Dr. Norman Cousins, well known for his popular book from 1979 – An Anatomy of an Illness, was one of the first proponents of using laughter for health. In 1964 he was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that left him in debilitating pain. The doctors gave him only months to live. He checked himself out of the hospital and into a hotel across the street and started on his own medical regime – high doses of Vitamin C and laughter – lots of it. He soon regained the use of his limbs and within six months was back on his feet. Two years later he returned to a full-time job and went on to live a long and healthy life, until his death in 1990.

To echo the laughter prescription, in the 1990’s laughter yoga became a popular pastime with many – usually practiced in an open city park, free for all to join in. Now laughter clubs have sprung up, all around the world. All are great ideas, but we don’t need to attend an official laughter club to introduce more of it in our life. All it takes is a conscious decision and a little effort to enjoy laughter every day. Give it a try. Add a dose of laughter to your life. It’s what the doctor ordered.

Affirmation:
Every day I enjoy laughter as part of my vibrant life.

I hope you enjoyed this and you cultivate a little laughter in your life. Stay tuned and I’ll share more as we go along through the year.

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Facebook Friday ~ Facebook Page ~ Embracing Life

We’re featured today on Plucking of My Heartstrings!
Thank you so much for the Facebook Friday spotlight, Cheryl!
Go stop by Plucking of My Heartstrings and check out her blog!

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facebook-440788__340Welcome to Facebook Friday. Each Friday I will post an interview with someone who has either a page or group on Facebook. If you are interested in free advertising for your page or group please email me at pluckingofmyheartstrings@gmail.com. If you know someone who might be interested in this offer send them this blog post.

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Today’s Facebook Friday interview is with Trisha who created the inspirational page, Embracing Life . 

Welcome Trisha. Please tell the readers a little about yourself.

As my boys grew up and started having their own families, I traded my mothering/nurturing needs to a houseful of cats instead of children. When the kittens aren’t ‘helping’ me write, I work on my books and short stories – mostly…

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It’s the Little Things

Today’s post is an excerpt from a work in progress. A Spoonful of Sugar: A Daily Dose of Inspiration & Encouragement is scheduled for publication October 2018. Each day begins with an inspiring quote, followed by reflections and a daily affirmation.

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JANUARY 27

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
Robert Breault

When we’re going through life day by day, it’s often hard to recognize the little things that we will appreciate so much in the future. We’re busy with raising a family, managing a home, working, having a social life and we stay in motion. One day turns into another and soon a year – or years have passed.

When I think back of the little things in my life that were really big things, so many come to mind. Goodness, those little things could fill a book on its own. But for now, I’ll share the first memory that popped into my mind.

I was a single mother. The boys were nine and thirteen years old. I was working a full time job in a sales office and had a part time job working for a city consultant. To get my part time work done, I’d get up extra early in the mornings so I could get an hour or two done before the boys got up and we started our day. I remember I’d be at the kitchen table doing paperwork and Justin, the youngest would come stumbling out of his bedroom, rubbing sleepy eyes. He was my snuggle-boy. I didn’t want him to be up already. It was too early. So we’d go to a big, fluffy round chair in the living room and sit down to cuddle. After about ten minutes, he’d fall back asleep. I’d ease myself out of the chair, cover him with a blanket and go back to work.

It was a little thing at the time, something I didn’t think much about. But as I write this and think about this little boy that will be turning 30 in a week, I realize that this was a big thing. I really enjoyed those quiet early morning moments in the dark, snuggling with my baby. What I’d give to be able to go back in time and spend one more morning in the chair snuggling. But for today, I’ll recognize that this was a big thing and I’ll honor and cherish the memories.

Affirmation:

I embrace and cherish the little things in life
and honor them for the big things they really are.

 

Watch for A Spoonful of Sugar, due out October 2018!

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Be Generous and You Won’t Have to Hunt for Happiness! #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom — POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing

Are you searching for happiness, only to wind up feeling miserable? When I was in my twenties, I scoured every nook and cranny for happiness. My idea of happiness included making a lot of money and marrying my soul mate. The more I searched, the unhappier I felt. Heartbreak was my middle name […]

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I’m a Perennial!

I’m a Perennial!

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I suppose technically I’m a ‘Baby Boomer’. According to Wikipedia, “demographers and researchers typically use starting birth years ranging from the early-to-mid 1940s and ending birth years ranging from 1960 to 1964. Being a 1958 baby, that puts me right in this range.

I’m definitely not a millennial, although both of my boys fall in this demographic segment.

Per Wikipedia, “Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are the generational demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years. Millennials are sometimes referred to as “echo boomers” due to a major surge in birth rates in the 1980s and 1990s, and because millennials are often the children of the baby boomers.

As much as I’ve heard about Baby Boomers, I’ve never identified as one. Maybe I just don’t like having a label slapped on me.

But today I read a post on Sizzling Towards Sixty and Beyond that resonated with me. I thought, that’s a label I’d proudly wear. It was a guest post, written by Leanne Le Cras from Cresting the Hill. On it, Leanne writes:

The term “Midlife Perennials” originated from a US internet entrepreneur Gina Pell, who defines the term in the following way:

‘Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded risk takers.’

She also says:

“It’s a mind-set about being relevant, staying curious, reinvention, looking outside your own boundaries, and living life fully sans generational boundaries.

I’ll accept this label. I’m a Perennial and I’m proud of it. I will shout it from the roof tops. I dig deeper to embrace life and every moment in it, including the soon to arrive age of 60 that I’m working on embracing (albeit I’ll have to admit this is taking a little more effort). The definition of a Perennial fills my soul with peace. Yes, that’s me. And what’s even better, is that the definition of a Perennial doesn’t depend on what year you were born. This can apply to someone that’s 20, or even 80. Here, the year of our birth doesn’t put us into any specific demographic slot. It’s what is within our hearts, our desires, and our intentions in life that determines whether we’re a Perennial or not.

Embrace life, my friends, with whatever labels you want to accept, not accept, or wear proudly.

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Leaving a Year Behind

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As we near the end of the year, many of us reflect on the days that are gone and look forward to the clean slate of a New Year in front of us. The days of 2017 are soon to be no more. We can’t go back and touch those days again. Let’s move forward into the New Year and embrace it all, the joys and the hiccups too, because we won’t be touching those minutes and days again. Time is like the flowing water. Let’s enjoy it and wring every bit of happiness and delight we can out of each day!

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Protect Your Dream

Niki Meadows

Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.

-The Pursuit of Happyness

On Saturday evening we watched “The Pursuit of Happyness”. After having written two posts about dream chasing, I got goosebumps as I heard Will Smith deliver these powerful words to his son in the movie, who also happens to be his son in real life. Don’t ever tell anyone they can’t do something, especially not yourself.

Love,
-Niki Meadows

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