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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-29-13 10:37 PM
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My New Year's Resolution.
Edited on Sun Dec-29-13 11:27 PM by No Elephants
To smile and laugh more in 2014, even if I have to fake it.

Supposedly, it is healing, even if you fake it because the rest of your body falls for the smile or the laugh.

The rest of my body should know better than to trust my mouth after it clamped down on cigarettes, but supposedly, the rest of my body still trusts my smiles and laughter. So, I am going to humor the rest of my body, literally.

I do have other resolutions, but the above is probably the easiest one to keep. Smiling, whether you need to or not, is something most of us(but, not all of us) can do without too much effort.

And, because a lot of things do begin with physical ability, it behooves each of us to do whatever we can to preserve and improve our respective physical abilities.

Not stressing is a biggie for our bodies, too, but genuinely not stressing is a tad harder than smiling, whether you need to or not. So, I'll start with the smiles.

Maybe I'll even work myself up to something that passes for a happy dance.

If Al Gore can do the Al Gore version of the macarena on national TV while running for President....

And Elaine Benis can do the Elaine Benis version of inspiring people to dance........

Then, I can do a happy dance.

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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-30-13 02:22 AM
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1. yes, do! laugh and smile. even if it's a horrible lie! lol...
The Elaine Dance, with that kick, is a thing of comedy gold! :) !

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-30-13 04:29 AM
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3. It is comedy gold.
Best program ever.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-30-13 09:05 AM
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5. See? I got you and Enthusiast laughing and it's not even 2014 yet!
Edited on Mon Dec-30-13 09:08 AM by No Elephants
Do you know Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an heiress? Her daddy was a billionaire.

"Throughout her career, Louis-Dreyfus has received four Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and five Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is the only woman who has won the Emmy three times for three separate comedy series and has been credited as one of the most nominated comedic actress in Emmy Award history with a total of fourteen nominations, surpassing the record long-held by Lucille Ball. She also received nominations for producing the first two seasons of Veep, taking her total Emmy tally to sixteen nominations."

Not too shabby!

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-30-13 04:28 AM
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2. I hope you smile and laugh more in 2014
because circumstances make you feel naturally positive and happy. How's that?

They are gonna start calling me Sour Puss. My wife often asks me, "What's wrong?" Can't help it. I can't fake it. I can't fake anything. I'm like a living, breathing lie detector.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-30-13 09:00 AM
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4. Train yourself to smile! Practice! What do you have to lose?
It doesn't matter if you fool your wife or even yourself. It's the rest of your body that you are out to fool--and apparently, it's gullible!

Take a look at this.

Cousins also served as Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities for the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he did research on the biochemistry of human emotions, which he long believed were the key to human beings success in fighting illness. It was a belief he maintained even as he battled heart disease, which he fought both by taking massive doses of Vitamin C and, according to him, by training himself to laugh.<4><5> He wrote a collection of best-selling non-fiction books on illness and healing, as well as a 1980 autobiographical memoir, Human Options: An Autobiographical Notebook. Late in life Cousins was diagnosed with a form of arthritis then called Marie-Strumpell's disease (ankylosing spondylitis),<6> although this diagnosis is currently in doubt and it has been suggested that Cousins may actually have had reactive arthritis. His struggle with this illness is detailed in the book and movie Anatomy of an Illness.

Told that he had little chance of surviving, Cousins developed a recovery program incorporating megadoses of Vitamin C, along with a positive attitude, love, faith, hope, and laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. "I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep," he reported. "When the pain-killing effect of the laughter wore off, we would switch on the motion picture projector again and not infrequently, it would lead to another pain-free interval."

Laughter is the Best Medicine.

About 25 years ago, Norman Cousins, editor of the respected literary magazine Saturday Review in New York City, was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, an incurable and fatal spinal column illness of unknown cause.

He tried all sorts of alternative remedies, including Vitamin B-17 or laetrile, large doses of Vitamin C and several others, with little or no effect on his condition.

So, one day, against the advice of his doctors, he left the hospital and closeted himself in his apartment for one month doing what he enjoyed mostreading humorous stories and jokes, watching comedy movies and reading his favorite comic books.

He did nothing but laugh and laugh each day for one whole month. He also wrote original jokes which he would read aloud to himself then laugh like crazy. He noticed that every time he laughed, his pain was eased.

At the end of one month, Cousins returned to the hospital for a checkup. To the surprise of the medical staff who examined him, they found no trace of the dreaded disease. He was completely cured!

So they asked Cousins what medicines he took that cured him. They would not believe him when he replied he had not taken any medicine since he was told his ailment was incurable.

They said, You must have done something you never did before.

He finally replied, All I did was to laugh myself to health. He became known as the man who cured himself through laughter, and was even appointed a faculty member of the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, although he was not a doctor.

Later he told his incredible story in a book, Anatomy of an Illness, which was made into a movie.

At that time, medical science did not believe there was any connection between the mind, the emotions and the immune system. The immune system was thought to be independent of and not subject to the directions of the mind or the vagaries of human emotions.

In the early 90s, I met Leonard Ponath of Dallas, Texas at a YPO (Young Presidents Organization) regional conference in Cebu, where we were both guest speakers.
Ponath told the story of how, 18 years before the Cebu meeting, he fell buttocks first from a two-story building, broke his pelvic bones and was paralyzed from the hips down. Doctors told him he would never walk again.

While recuperating in a circular bed in the hospital, he began to visualize 100 construction workers reconstructing his pelvic bones. His visualization was aided by healing sounds used by the medicine men or shamans of Nicaraguas Mesquito Indians. He did the visualization morning, noon and evening.

On the third month of his confinement, he developed a sensation in his toe, which was medically impossible. On the sixth month, he developed a sensation in his legs. Another impossibility. On the 12th month, he was able to sit down. When I met him in Cebu, he was jogging. Ponath told me, If the people you (tell) this story to do not believe you, tell them to go to the Museum of Natural History in Dallas, and there they will find my story.

There are many other stories I can relate here about extraordinary healing that occurred using mental imagery or some other natural means or techniques.

But western-trained medical doctors and scientists normally ignore and even frown upon such stories for several reasons.

First, they happen at random and quite infrequently. Second, they cannot be explained scientifically or rationally.

Third, they seem to happen mainly to people who are suggestible and therefore highly subjective.

But neuroscientists and other specialists in the last 20 or 30 years have begun to unravel the mysterious connections among our nervous system, emotions and the immune system.

They have discovered and are still discovering the vital role our minds and emotions play in the emergence of disease and its possible management and cure.

In the near future, more progressive physicians will be asking their patients not only about the symptoms they have but also the following: How do you feel about your job? Your wife or husband? Your mother-in-law? What upsets you or makes you angry? Do you get enough sleep? Etc.

They may prescribe not just drugs or surgery but also meditation, visualization, yoga, Qui Gong, Tai Chi or even laughter to fight disease. /

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-31-13 04:31 PM
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6. Thank you for trying to steer me in the right dsirection.
Maybe my wife will make me laugh. She better acquire a dose of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. :) :spray:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-01-14 01:39 PM
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7. Laugh? Slow down!
Start by faking a smile for a few seconds. After a lot of fake smiles, maybe you'll be ready for a fake chuckle.

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-01-14 02:00 PM
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8. Too hung over to do much fake smiling right now.
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