Tickle Your Funny Bone

Written by Virginia Reeves

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Even Sigmund Freud,repparttar famous psychiatrist, was a proponent of humor. His basic concept was that joking relieves repressed impulses and anxieties, and that laughter converts unpleasant feelings to pleasant ones.

Gene Perret, who wrote extensively for Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Carol Burnett and many others, said "Humor is not a condiment; it a main course. It's not a trinket; it's a gem. It doesn't need justification; it's essential".

Have you ever heard of PHUFS. It's an acronym for five points outlined inrepparttar 118292 book, Laughter and Liberation, by Dr. Harvey Mindess. Here's a brief recap. * Playfulness allows you to be lessenrepparttar 118293 grip that having too much seriousness can have on you (such as narrowing your perspective). Instead know that it's okay to let go of your normal routines now and again to be whimsical and imaginative. * Humility is being humble in mind or spirit. However, recognize that there's no need to make things look or sound more difficult than they are - look forrepparttar 118294 crazy or absurd side to balance outrepparttar 118295 serious side.

* Unconventionality lets you be less ordinary and more original in thought and deed. You are willing to accept unexpected occurrences as a bonus for they can heighten your awareness level when you allow them to enter your base of experiences. * Flexibility reducesrepparttar 118296 stiffness or rigidity in thinking patterns which helps you adjust more easily to change. You want to askrepparttar 118297 questions of who, what, when, why, where, when, and how so that you don't fall intorepparttar 118298 trap of accepting and taking things for granted.. * Spontaneity supportsrepparttar 118299 idea of expressing your natural feelings and impulses without giving intorepparttar 118300 restraints you might otherwise pay heed to. A mind leap that brings about a connection between what is and what could be might even occur.

All in all, mirthfulness can have a very positive effect on your mind and body. It's difficult to remain angry, hurt, frustrated or depressed when exposed to something that tickles your funny bone. When you are having a good time you feel more hopeful, excited and vigorous. Your attitude affects your body and vice versa. Humor can help you attain a more positive balance psychologically and physiologically. Encourage laughter in your life and reaprepparttar 118301 benefits.

How healthy it is to setrepparttar 118302 child within us free to giggle, sing, or dance a silly jig. Let this article be a reminder of how important it is to break free of convention from time to time and let loose your normal grown-up restrictions about playfulness. Abandon your inhibitions for more than a moment or two. Revel in it. A healthy personality has a measure of unpredictability. Daily living ought to be spiced with playfulness as it makes everything you think and do a bit more delicious. Go ahead - smile right now (it does keep others guessing what you're thinking about!).

Copyright 2002 by Virginia Reeves. This article may be reprinted; inform the author via mailto:rainbowop@onemain.com. For more on creativity, success, communication, and enhancing your skills and talents for more growth, please click on http://www.rainbowopportunities.ws or mailto:millionairemindset@GetResponse.com (for free bi-monthly e-zine)


Written by Marsha Jordan

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I was recently stopped by airline personnel and accused of trying to smuggle in carry-on baggage that was too large! I refused to it give up, so my dog-house sized purse was permitted onboard -- withrepparttar stipulation that I must hold it on my lap instead of squashing it intorepparttar 118291 overhead compartment. Becauserepparttar 118292 thing weighs more than I do, my legs were asleep duringrepparttar 118293 entire flight! Well, I found my dream purse -- only to discover that it's not so perfect after all. Back torepparttar 118294 drawing board -- or should I say back to Wal-mart's purse department? I'm glad that God isn't like me. I search for a perfect purse. He searches for imperfect people. I want something to MEET MY NEEDS. He wants someone whose needs HE WILL FILL. And when we disappoint God, He doesn't throw us back and start looking for something better. God loves allrepparttar 118295 imperfect "purse-ons" of this world, no matter what our size, shape, or color. He doesn't care how much we can carry or how organized we are. It doesn't matter if we can't fill every need ourselves. He loves us each for who and what we are. And He makes up for what we lack. Jeremiah 31:3 says: "I HAVE LOVED YOU WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE." Isn't that great to know?

Jordan is a disabled grandma who lives in the northwoods of Wisconsin with her husband of 27 years and their spoiled toy poodle, King Louie, who rules the household with an iron paw. Jordan started a foundation to help sick children called the Hugs and Hope Club. Visit the website at www.hugsandhope.com

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