Keep winter at bay; put on a happy face…

November 29, 2017

The Jack’s Winning Words blog had a great quote recently that can apply to everyone – “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”  (Victor Hugo)

People who laugh often and seem to be happy are sometime said to have a “sunny disposition”. The opposite is to be thought of as a dour person, someone who always seems to have a frown on their face. Interestingly enough, many of us might be considered by others to be dour people just because of our “at rest” face. We don’t even realize it, but most of us, when we are relaxed and in a normal, “at rest” state allow our faces to droop a bit and we may end up looking like we are unhappy.

Related imageI’ve used a prime example of the impact of our “at rest” faces in posts a few times – ex-Speaker of the House John Boehner. Most of the time, when you saw Boehner on TV in the background at State of the Union Speeches or in photos taken at the capitol he looked unhappy, or in discomfort – he looked dour. If you Google his name there are tons of pictures that pop up; but, only a few show a smiling John Boehner. He looks like a much more pleasant fellow in those smiling photos.

 

 

So how do you look, when your face is at rest. You can get some idea by just standing in front of a mirror and allowing yourself to relax, with no emotions showing. Another way is to look at informal pictures of yourself taken at some event that you attended. Do you like what you see? Is your “at rest” face open friendly and inviting or does it appear to be a dour person who may not wish to be bothered?

What has all of this got to do with today’s theme? Well, while laughter is the sun that drive winter from the human face, we can’t be laughing all of the time. Otherwise they’d cart us away to the funny farm. What we can do is keep in mind some thoughts thatsmiling-sun cause us to smile, so that our “at rest” faces look like that are about to laugh and are more inviting and pleasant.

A nice by-product of having a smile on your face is that people will ask what it is that is making you look so happy. They will want to talk to you and share in your apparent happiness; as opposed to a person with a dour look on their face, who is someone to be avoided. If they ask, perhaps the best answer to give to get the conversation going is to reply, “I was just thinking how nice it is to see you.” You can see how much better that encounter is than one with a dour looking face who replies that he/she looks unhappy because their gall bladder is acting up again.

So start your day today by thinking of something that will put a smile on your face. You don’t have to go around laughing out loud; but, maybe your smile will be the sun in someone else’s life today and drive their winter away. Maybe keep this little song in your mind – Put on  happy face.

 

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The elixir of laughter…

March 23, 2017

I decided to use two quotes that both came from the Jack’s Winning Words blog, although they were posted some time apart.

“I love people who can make me laugh when I don’t even want to smile.”  (Unknown)

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”  (William Makepeace Thackery)

I believe that laughter really is one of life’s miracle drugs – an elixir that work wonders insmiling-sun almost any circumstances. Victor Hugo said – “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

These days we need laughter more than ever, and mot the nervous chuckles that may come from hearing what the latest stupid batch of Tweets that came, based upon “alternative facts”.

Real laughter involves the temporary setting aside of our fears or our grief, the momentary loss of our anger or resentment and the letting go of our reserve and inhibitions. It is a surrender to happiness and a release of joy (perhaps that is the sunshine in the house that Thackery spoke about).

laughingI’m sure that there are scientific explanations about the endorphins that are released in the body by laughter; but those fail to take into account the release of the icy grip of hate, anger, remorse, fear or sadness from our hearts during those moments of laughter.

My wife and I often say, during times of travail, that we’ll look back on the event someday and laugh. Sometimes that even helps while the event is still taking place or fresh in our minds. It’s usually not hard to find something to laugh at when we do look back, either how we got ourselves into that situation or how we reacted to it. There is almost always humor to be found in human stupidity or humans’ reaction to the absurdity that occurs in everyday life. It is, after all, the stuff of which TV’s reality shows are made.

Milton Berle once said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.” So allow yourself the release of laughter and take a vacation from the worries of your life.

Have a wonderful and laughter-filled day.