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I Feel Good! July 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Music & Dance.
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Music, laughter, dancing . . . all designed to elevate our mood and help us make it through . . . one . . . more . . . day.

I feel good!

      I knew that I would.

So good!  So good!

Quote:  If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you. ~ Sister Mary Tricky

Laughter is NOT a Luxury July 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, Mindfulness.
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Norman Cousins, diagnosed with a terminal illness, given 6 months to live, and a 1/500 chance of recovery, cured himself with LAUGHTER.

You heard me.

He saw how the worry, depression, and anger in his life had caused his dis-ease, and wondered, “If illness can be caused by negativity, can wellness be created by positivity?”

The answer, a resounding . . . YES!!!!

“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.”

Laughter is not a luxury, nor is it something to be pulled out only on special occasions.  Laughter is essential to our physical health and well-being.

Busting a gut is one of the best stress-busters out there.

Almost anything that makes us laugh and smile is a good thing!  Even really silly stuff . . . like Happy Hippos singing A Lion Sleeps Tonight:

Or Chicken Little shaking his “groove thang” while waiting for the sky to fall.


But, seriously (or not), whether laughter cures your dis-ease (or not) . . . you’ll be happier in the interim.  So Laugh Out Loud whenever you can.

What have you got to lose???

Aah . . . that’s better!

Further reading:

* You Can’t Afford The Luxury of a Negative Thought ~ By Peter McWilliams

The Healing Power of Laughter:  How the Marx Brothers brought Norman Cousins Back to Life:  Cousins goes on to mention many prominent thinkers throughout the ages who knew about the healing power of laughter, and this list includes Sir Frances Bacon, Immanuel Kant, Sigmund Freud, as well as the great Albert Schweitzer.

Quote:  No man is a failure who is enjoying life. ~ William Feather

Related post:  WP Daily Prompt ~ Luxury

S.M.I.L.E. July 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Life Balance, Music & Dance.
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Last night, Barbara Gunn gave me a nightcap (a gift to cap off my night) ~ a gift that I would like to share with you:

If you want something else to smile about, head around to Barbara’s Blog, Subconscious Messages, and check out Thursday’s post:

A Story With Heart

SMILE = See Miracles In Life Everyday!

Is that Ingenious? Or Ingenuous? July 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play.
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A few days ago, I posted a comment on a blog using the word “ingeneous,” which, as it turns out, is not a word at all.

As soon as I pressed “send,” I did a double take, scratched my head, and thought, “Hmm . . . that doesn’t look quite right.” 

When I flipped open my Merriam-Webster Dictionary, I realized that, if I wanted to use a real word, I could choose from “ingenious” or “ingenuous” but NOT “ingeneous.” 

In the case at hand, I meant to say “ingenious” ~ marked by special aptitude at discovering, inventing, or contriving; marked by originality, resourcefulness, and cleverness in conception or execution.

Great word to have in your vocabulary when you find yourself slapping your forehead while thinking, “Why didn’t I think of THAT?!”

As it turns out, “ingenuous” is also a lovely word ~ innocently straightforward; lacking craft or subtlety. 

“Ingenuous” is closely related to “ingenue” ~ a naïve girl or young woman, esp. an actress playing such a person. 

Hint:  Think Audrey Hepburn, NOT Angelina Jolie.

OK, so now I’ve disentangled “ingenious” from “ingenuous” and crossed “ingeneous” off the vocabulary list entirely . . . excellent!

But, wait . . .

Why does “ingenuity,” which is smack dab between “ingenue” and “ingenuous” in my M-W Dictionary, not parallel the definitions of those words, by meaning something like “naïvete”?

Instead, “ingenuity” parallels “ingenious” ~ skill or cleverness in planning or inventing; inventiveness.

How ingenious! 

Or am I just being naïve?

Quote:  My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly. ~ John D. MacDonald

These Words July 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance.
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The only place to find inspiration is . . . Everywhere.  

Open your eyes.  Open your arms.  Open your heart.  Let it all in.

Reach out to grasp what is offered in this magical moment in time.

Whoever you are . . . be THAT person.        

Take it away, Tasha! 

We’ve been conditioned
      To not mistakes
            But I can’t live that way

Staring at the blank page before you
      Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin . . . no one else can feel it for you

Trying to find the magic
      Trying to write a classic
Doncha know?  Doncha know?  Doncha know?

These words are my own
      They’re from my heart
             I love you . . . that’s all I got to say

Live with your heart wide open!

Staring Down At Empty Pages July 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
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Today is the first day of the rest of your life.   Trite, but true.  Everything until now is just water over the dam

Where you go from here is up to you. 

Today is where your book begins.  Again, true.  The rest is still unwritten.

Remember that feeling?  When you came home with a brand new notebook filled with empty pages. 

Life’s like that.

Staring down at Empty Pages . . .

       Staring down at Empty Pages . . .

            Staring down at Empty Pages . . .

How will you fill them????

No rules.  Just write!