Lost: Bea’s Sense of Humor

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 58– 5/15/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday: 

Lost – One Sense of Humor

Last Seen – May 10th, 2015

Reward $$ Offered for its Return! 

Please help Bea!  She’s lost her sense of humor. Really.  It’s causing her to take herself WAY too seriously and life seems so darned difficult!  Hopefully, she’s just misplaced it, like she misplaces her car keys and such (you know, this aging thing).  If Bea has lost her sense of humor completely, she’s simply doomed to a miserable life.

 She last saw her sense of humor while reading the Sunday newspaper. Silly woman, instead of checking out the Comics section, a gloom-and-doom headline caught her eye and just like that, her sense of humor walked out the door.

Then she noticed more bad news, and more and more and yikes, her sense of humor was running like heck down the road just to get away from Bea’s crabby self.

c166960_s  Oh, this is worse than just crabby – much worse!

Bea has to find her sense of humor as soon as possible.  Heck, everyone knows that humor makes our life struggles less difficult to bear and eases our stress.  

Laughter:

  • Relaxes us
  • Boosts our immune system
  • Releases endorphins (you know, those “feel good” chemicals)
  • Protects our heart
  • Helps defuse arguments
  • Enhances our friendships 
  • And so much more!

Bea has searched everywhere and now she’s getting desperate. There’s only one thing she can do! She needs to make herself laugh! But how?

Please help her, readers. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Need more encouragement to maintain your own sense of humor? 

 

 

 

Bea’s Wellness Beat: April is National Humor Month

April is National Humor Month. I’ll bet you don’t know the history of this month-long celebration, do you?

So here’s the scoop:

National Humor Month was founded 38 years ago, by a funny guy by the name of Larry Wilde.  Believe it or not, Larry is the Director of the Carmel Institute of Humor.

He wants us to laugh, regularly.  He also wants to boost our awareness of how important laughing is.  Want to find out more?

Visit the National Humor Month website.

Some of the benefits of a laugh, a giggle, a chuckle, a guffaw:

  • A laugh with co-workers relieves the day-to-day stress of the workplace
  • A laugh about a shared experience with friends keeps that friendship strong
  • Shared laughter breaks the ice when we meet someone new
  • Feeling tense?  Watch something funny:  Your whole body will relax
  • Laughter can enhance your immune system, promote a sense of well-being (by releasing endorphins) and help your heart.

It just makes us feel good. And in this crazy world, we need that!

Want to get your laugh for the day?

Funny photos – Imgur

The Onion 

I Can Has Cheezburger 

Always great for a laugh:  Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show 

A few good quotes: 

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. (William James)

When humor goes, there goes civilization. (Erma Bombeck)

A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused. (Shirley MacLaine)

For Further Reading:

How to Enhance your Sense of Humor

Norman Lear on Laughter, Longevity and Love for USA 

 

Change My Life: A Great Blog Find!

A Blog’s Siren Song

I recently stumbled across a blog that called out to me, as I was yet again surfing the Internet, seeking out good stuff, in hopes of creating a great and memorable blog post. 

It’s called Change My Life, and it’s written by Steve Thomas, a self-described writer, storyteller, and show-off.

What Caught My Eye

I started to laugh when I read the post on his home page, titled: How Do I Get More Out Of Life? It made me laugh because it rang so true. He stated a simple truth: If you want more out of life, get off your ass. Anyone who thinks that all they have to do is follow that Law of Attraction philosophy espoused by many self-help “gurus” isn’t going to get much out of life.

Steve isn’t denying that hope and optimism are important in life – he just stresses the importance of taking action.  A philosophy I wholeheartedly agree with. 

Not The Only Good Post, Of Course

Anyhoo, I was intrigued and had to read further.

I enjoyed:

Would You Like To Be Proud

And:

Also:

 More Stuff From Steve

Steve also writes FunGeezer – writing for those of us who want to live a “full and enjoyable life.” I can relate, ‘cuz that’s how I want to live. Hey, at almost 54 years old, I’d say it’s high time to just enjoy life – who knows what waits around the corner?

(Well, I  actually do know what waits around the corner, hopefully a corner WAY in the future: I’m talking about that guy with the scythe wearing that long robe with the hood, face hidden in darkness . . . ) When he comes for me, I want to say to myself, “I lived, and I lived abundantly.”

He also authors stevecthomas in which he shares his experiences as a writer and gives advice to would-be writers. 

Steve has a damn good attitude, and it shows in his writing.  It’s bloggers like him, and so many others I’ve “met” on the Internet, that keep me plugging along with my writing.  I feel like I’ve found many kindred spirits on this journey.  I like that.

I just love finding great blogs to read, don’t you?

Why I Started Reading: "On The Bright Side"

Every once in awhile, Bea signs onto Bea Boomer’s Wellness blog and is happily surprised to find that it has attracted a new follower! One of her recent followers is Angela Gentile, who is the author of “On The Bright Side” blog. 
Perfect timing, too, since Bea was wondering what blog or website she was going to recommend today.  She took a look at Angela’s blog, checked out some of her posts, and realized the she and Angela have a similar outlook on life.
Bea is one of those people who loves being inspired by others.  On Thanksgiving night, she sat in front of the television, in awe of the heroes spotlighted on CNN Heroes – An All Star Tribute.
She likes positivity.  She likes to sing at work, much to the consternation of her co-workers.  She also makes a point to laugh at work every day, and try to make others laugh. 
(Not as easy as it may seem – times are tough in her workplace, and employees face some not-so-positive changes in the future year. They ain’t happy about it)

Now, Bea wasn’t always like this. For many years, she tended to dwell on the negative. Then, a few years ago, she got thumped on the head by the Big Guy Up in Heaven (you know who I’m talkin’ about), who thundered: “Look, Bea, you weren’t put on this wonderful world to grouse and be crabby all the time. Take a look around you. Yea, there are some bad things going on, thanks to that demon on the dark side.” (Again, you know who I’m talkin’ about) “But Bea, there’s always, always good stuff to appreciate, even in the worst of times. I created an awesome place, and I expect you to give it the appreciation it deserves!” 

Well, Bea got the message.  She knew He was right.

She could dwell on the negative, live in the past, and be miserable.  Or she could finally get on with life and simply enjoy it while she could.  (Having lost her dear, and only brother at age 50, she knew how quickly life could change)     

So here she is today, trying to live positively, and to find the good.  And Angela Gentile is doing the same thing with her On the Bright Side blog. 

Here’s one of Bea’s favorite posts from Angela’s blog:

She also posted about the Benefits of a Positive Attitude.
Like Bea, Angela tried out the Complaint Free Lifestyle.
Finally, you may have seen this video on the Internet, but it’s worth another viewing:

Believe Bea!! You will find some fun, inspiring posts on Angela’s blog: On The Bright Side!

Want to help the CNN heroes?

More inspiration:

Inspirations by Sudhir Krishnan

The Positivity Blog, written by Henrik Edberg
The Academy of Achievement

Who inspires you to live positively and with purpose? 

9 Ways to Sabotage your Wellness

  • Make a mountain out of a molehill – I used to come home at night and talk to my husband about all those little things that had gone wrong during the day.  It might just be one little thing, but I managed to make an evening’s conversation out of it.  Not so good for personal wellness.  The only thing this accomplished was to make me dread going to work the next day!

  • Lose sleep by worrying excessively! This is a habit I learned from my mom (I know there’s a gene for eye color and other physical traits; is there one for worrying, too?) Tossing and turning over work stuff, teenage daughter issues, and of course, my all time favorite, money, or what I perceived as a lack of it. (Yet God has always provided – go figure!)

  • Let pessimism clutter your mind – This is easy to do when I watch too much television news.  So I avoid watching the news channels, which are always filled with all the dark side of life. (By the way, did you know that there’s actually a Good News Network on the Internet? I just found it tonight and popped it into my AOL favorites)

  • Think “can’t do,” rather than “can do.” Since I’ve started writing this blog, there have been many times that I’ve been filled with self-doubt and fear (two of the worst enemies of our well-being). When I allow myself to dwell on these enemies, I end up living “inside the box,” rather than moving forward with my life.

  • Compare yourself to others, with envy – Envy is self-defeating. If I find myself feeling envious of others, I channel that feeling by motivating myself to change my own life circumstances in some way.

  • Cling to anger and resentment over your past – My dad was an alcoholic. For many years, I resented his actions. As I grew older, however, I realized that he had serious issues, depression being one of them. He lived in emotional pain that never ended. When he died, I actually wrote a eulogy for him – and in the process, I discovered the gifts that he had given me during his lifetime.

  • Live with the “victim” mentality.  I used to get angry at my mom when I was a teen and she’d say, “Don’t forget to send your dad a card for Father’s Day, or he might start drinking.” If he could blame me for his actions, he could avoid looking inside himself for real answers to his problems. And he could avoid taking responsibility for his life.

  • Be a crabby grouch – Have you ever noticed that when you’re in a bad mood and you take it out on the cashier at the gas station, or the clerk at the grocery store, you get the same crabbiness in return? I have. But when I’m kind and empathetic toward others, I tend to get the same good stuff in return.  

  • Take yourself so seriously that you forget how to laugh at yourself.  In middle and high school, I was often embarassed about myself because I just didn’t “fit in.” What’s great now is that I’ve used those bad experiences in this blog and find them to be pretty darn funny.  Even now, at the age of 53, I know I sometimes do goofy things, or make silly mistakes.  So what?  The ability to laugh at our own goofiness is key to surviving the craziness of this world.  And, laughter is good for our health.

I tried to think of a 10th way to sabotage your wellness, but ran out of ideas. Maybe you can help me. Can you think of ways that we mess up our emotional wellness?

April – A Good Month to Laugh

Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life’s absurdities by thinking absurdly about them. (Lewis Mumford)

Did you know that April is National Humor Month? What a great idea! This celebration of good humor was founded back in 1976 by Larry Wilde.

A whole month of good vibes, smiling from ear to ear, and laughing our way out of the recession. Ok, that’s stretching it, I suppose.

But as we all know, a sense of humor and a big old belly laugh do make life easier. Life is truly absurd at times. If we take it too seriously, we’re likely to lose our perspective and develop a negative outlook that is certain to make life more difficult.

Doesn’t it feel wonderful when you’re out with friends and you’re reminiscing about your younger days and all the crazy things you did (and actually survived them)! And you and your friends share that laughter that lasts until you’re gasping for air?

Isn’t it great when you’re in a stressful work environment and someone sends you an email with some goofy cartoon or really corny joke that cracks you up for a minute or two and helps you relax, just a little?

More Reasons For Laughing:

(1) Laughter can stop an argument between two people.

(2) Laughter can help you beat a blue mood.

(3) Laughter breaks the ice when you meet someone new.

(4) Laughter burns 100 calories in 5 minutes (Okay, you know me – I just made that up) But wouldn’t it be swell if it did? Instead of pilates, zumba, and cardio classes, we could have laughter exercise classes.

As a matter of fact, in 1995, Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian Physician, started a laughter yoga club. (By the way, mark your calendar for May 2, which is World Laughter Day). And believe it or not, this laughter club, which started out with only five people, has led to over 6,000 clubs around the world.

An article at About.com provides some ideas about how to maintain a sense of humor during challenging times.

And here are some of the health benefits of laughter

One of my favorite funny websites is http://www.theonion.com/ What are your faves?

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