As we continue this week of “Let food be thy medicine” I want to share my thoughts on how the time we spend eating our food is so very important. The positive effects of eating together as a family can be very healing. I had the opportunity to share this over on an amazing blog called “Oh So… Read more →
There are a few things I learned as a teen from my mom and a special little book she gave me that have always brought me happiness. There were loads of ideas on how to be happy and how to find happiness, but there were a few tips that I applied to my daily life and they instantly became second… Read more →
There are a handful of quick and easy things you can do to boost your mood instantly! This is one of my favorites. Take an orange or any other citrus and cut it in half, then take a big whiff of that powerful smell and voila! This is something that I do often and it is that simple. I don’t… Read more →
Do you feel a constant shadow? Are you sick of being sick or tired of being lonely or sad, because you are always sad and no matter how hard you try you are still afraid and still depressed? I know that feeling. It’s very real, you believe there is no light at the end of the tunnel, you… Read more →
Written by: Angie Photo by: Lyndzee Ellsworth I wish I could say that the last 12 years of marriage have been incredibly easy, or even easy at all. Wait, no I don’t. I take that back. I’ve been through a few things in life to know that not easy, is a good thing.… Read more →
I grew up with an incredible family. I was blessed with parents that loved me and 6 siblings that I have always been close to and have always admired. Our financial situation however was not so wonderful. We got kicked out of houses often and moved multiple times before I went off to college. We had little to no money… Read more →
Growing up I had a good friend that I spent a lot of time with, and I was always playing at her house. One thing that always stood out to me every time I went over there, was how much they laughed. Even if they were having a bad day it seemed like they always found something to laugh about. It made a big impact on me. I grew up in a loving home and we did laugh a lot, but I don’t remember the laughter so much through the bad times, and we had a lot of struggles. Maybe that is what made the biggest impact on me, being able to laugh through the difficult times as well.
I remember when I had my first baby and when he smiled at me for the first time. You know the smile where you realize that they recognize you and are showing an emotion and a reaction towards you. Then, that smile moves into a cooing with cute baby sounds. Then one day you do something that makes them actually giggle. I do not think I have ever felt anything that has warmed my heart and soul more than listening to one of my babies first laughs. It is absolutely magical! I believe that Laughter is a gift from God. It doesn’t cost anything but can be priceless. Laughter can turn the deepest, darkest hour, into a glimpse of hope. Laughter can change someones whole physical well-being. It can help you feel more energy and less stressed. You know the saying, Laughter is the best medicine? Studies have shown that laughing helps the immune system and can help us feel better.
Laughter can bring us closer to those around us and help us build better relationships. It draws people together and can build our friendships. I am always drawn to people who laugh a lot. It is contagious. You know that person at the party who is always laughing and smiling, and they always draw a crowd. I know a girls night out or a good laugh on the phone with a friend always fuels my soul.
I believe the art of laughing can be learned, practiced and even perfected. I am still working on this one. After I had my last child there were some difficulties with me, and my baby was very sick. These things led to weeks of panic attacks and other struggles. (I will talk about this in an upcoming post). As I began to learn to change how I think and react to things, I discovered that laughter turned out to be one of my biggest blessings and life changers. I began to find humor in most situations, and I noticed the more I laughed it started becoming a habit. I started joking with my kids more,and it has helped me to be a more patient with my kids. I remember growing up my mom would always just out of the blue start to bust a move. She was a dancer and always loved to dance, and would just start doing it in random places. It always made us laugh. Even in the hospital a few weeks before she passed away, she just all of a sudden in her hospital bed started singing and moving. It was a good laugh for me and my siblings, and made for a great memory.
Whatever your situation you may be in life, it is never to late to start bringing more joy and laughter into it. It all starts with just a simple smile just like a new baby, and then it moves into a giggle. Count your blessings, and don’t take things too seriously. Laugh when your teenager roll his eyes at you, or when your toddler takes the Cheerios out of the pantry and pours the entire box onto the floor. Laugh if you make a mistake because you can always fix it, and then forgive yourself. Finding humor in things will bring us more joy and happiness, and will make this journey in life a lot easier and more enjoyable.
We can do it! Find more laughter today!
Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
Hope on. Journey On.
written by: Angie I love this photo that my husband took. As I looked through these photos of this talented ballerina, I am amazed at her ability to balance on any surface under any circumstance. It got me thinking about our lives and the ways we can get balance back into this busy world. After I had my daughter, everything… Read more →
Non smiling selfies, straight faced models on the runway, couples holding hands facing the camera with a blank stare. Is it the vintage obsession? Are we trying to emulate the early age of the photograph? … Read more →