The economy is in the toilet, unemployment is as high as it was during the Great Depression, banks are failing, prices are rising, and you need to take out a second mortgage to fill your car with gas. Where is the humor in that?
I’ve done a lot of writing over the years. With articles, short stories, spiritual discourse and five novels under my belt, I’ve had my finger in just about everything. When I decided to do this blog I sat down and did some serious soul-searching and decided what people really need right now is an excuse to laugh.
Studies show that laughter really is the best medicine. A quick Google search will reveal literally thousands of articles, papers and case studies proving the therapeutic value of a good laugh. The American Cancer Society and even the Mayo Clinic offer programs of “laugh therapy” to aide patients dealing with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
It turns out that even if you’re not “feeling it,” if you force your facial muscles into a smile, mood altering endorphins will rush into your bloodstream, giving you a “natural high.”
The economy is going to do what the economy is going to do. Politicians will still lie, there will still be bad news at six and ten, and your dollar probably is never going to buy what it did ten years ago. But every day we have the choice to choose a happy thought!
You won’t find anything for sale on this site. I’m not collecting your email address for a “list” with which to spam you to buy stuff you don’t need, and I have no hidden agenda. All I have to offer is a personal mission statement that includes serving my fellow humans in the best way I know, making my own tiny contribution to raising the collective consciousness, and hopefully helping to alleviate someone’s suffering, if only for five minutes. This is my gift to you, my friend.
If you like my writing and feel there is value here, please feel free to pass it on. Although it is fun to laugh alone, it is far more fun with friends. Think how much nicer our nation would be if everyone were smiling!
In closing, I’d like to share the prayer I say each morning on rising:
Please help my actions today reflect my highest and best purpose for myself, my family and my fellow man.
Please allow me to recognize my gifts, and find a way to use them towards the betterment of life on the planet.
Please put love, joy, appreciation and gratitude in my heart at all times, so that I recognize and acknowledge the many blessings bestowed upon me.
Please help me to understand that the past is over and I can’t change it, the future is a vision that has yet to manifest and there is only one reality, the eternal moment of NOW.
Please help me to practice unconditional love, and to always see the best in everyone I meet.
And please help me be a worthy steward of this planet, honoring all life.