Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Learn to L@Y

 

There are also many physical, mental and social benefits of laughter including:
Lowering blood pressure - lower BP reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Ab Workout - As you laugh, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Now don't cut out exercise...just laugh and exercise more.
Undercover massage - "Laughter is a good workout for respiratory, abdominal, leg, back, and facial muscles. Laughter also helps burn calories. A good, forceful laugh vibrates the diaphragm, and the deep breaths let in more oxygen every time, thereby making laughter one of the best respiratory exercises." (Source: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/benefits-of-laughing.html)
Giving others a reasons to want to be around you. Having a good sense of humor is an "attractive" attribute. Just be sensitive to others and don't taunt others in the guise of laughing.
Health-enhancing hormones - When you laugh, you increase level of health-enhancing hormones (e.g. endorphins) and the number of antibody-producing cells we have working for us.
 
“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that
your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” ~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.
 
So LAUGH more frequently, love more freely and live more fully...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

80:20

Have you ever heard of the 80:20 rule? The real name is the "Pareto Principle" - it was named after the Italian Vilfredo Pareto who wrote about this in 1896. According to Wikipedia, this principle, "The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes."*

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Spell-check vs Sense check

As much as I'm a stickler for spelling and proper grammar, I have now added another filter when I'm writing: "Sense-check." The reason is very simple: A number of words that slip through on written communication could create damage if not caught.