Reading the morning paper’s comic strips can be a stress relieving. My interest in women’s comic strips resurfaced as I sorted through some magazines ready for recycling. In an issue of MS I re-discovered an article called ‘Paper Movies: Feminist cartoonists create characters that are real, raunchy—and they’ll knock your socks off’.
Fred, the oldest known goldfish, lived to forty-one years of age. It is a mystery how he survived so long. Unlike Fred, we humans can have a full and vibrant life if we keep breathing outside the fish bowl. That requires us to seize our days, as we age. Yes, join me in growing old, healthy and playful. [Read more…]
Delightfully, out of the mouths of babes comes the truth. We adults have workaholiced ourselves away from taking time to wonder at life nuances. We are socialized to worry about what the neighbours and our mother-in-law think, to look successful and to hide our feelings to the point that we have forgotten the essence of a normally absurd life. There is much we can learn by connecting to babies and children. They remind us of our own childlike essence – the kid in us.
How do our children become resilient if they are not allowed to take some risks and have some free adventure time? We’re not talking about throwing our children under a bus nor giving them no structure, rules or guidelines. We’re talking about the reputation of the typical North American parent as over-indulgent, over-protective and over-fearful.
I am more and more convinced that to take life over seriously is a frivolous thing. Eric Hoffer
Perhaps as Kay Redfield Jamison indicates in Exuberance: A Passion for Life genetics does influence such human characteristics as exuberance and playfulness. But there are some habits that can encourage a lighter heart. Try some of the following Sevem Habits of Happy People: [Read more…]