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Laugh, love and Live. Thursday June 16, 2016

I recently spent some time with a friend and her baby and I actually wished I was a child again... to be carefree, not have the stresses or responsibilities of being an adult!

Have you ever noticed how a child is always laughing and happy? If children get into a fight it usually lasts no longer than a few moments yet when adults get into a fight they hold grudges for greater periods of time, sometimes destroying a friendship of many years over nothing!

I went to a talk recently and the speaker talked of finding our inner child and starting to live life to the fullest. One thing that the speaker spoke about was "Laugh, Love and Live! Laugh so your sides and cheeks hurt, love with all your heart and Live life as though it was your last day!" We must remember people will not remember us for the amount of money we made, how many houses we have, the exotic places we visit or the cars we drive, they will remember the laughs we had together, the love we shared and the adventures we lived through!

So the next time you take a walk in the park, take your shoes off and let the grass tickle your feet. The next time your child asks you to play with them, put down your phone or put away the laptop, disconnect from technology and become a child again. Next time your spouse suggests going to dinner and a movie, become a teenager again going out on that special "first date"!

We need to get our priorities right in life... as the saying goes "All work and no play makes us dull!"

With love

The Wildchild
A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Hopeful One Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 7:29am

Hi Wildchild- a good reminder and I heartily agree. Children do have this wonderful ability not to hold anything against anybody for any length of time. I have no idea how we ,as adults, lose this wonderful ability. I could honestly claim that I still retain that if my modesty permits. But failing that how about 'Forgive or forget- choose one'

I of course fully subscribe to the idea of laughter- 'a good way to jog internally' as your quote puts it so admirably. As you probably know, if you happen to read my comments here,I believe that the power of this tool, for those of us inclined to suffer low moods, is grossly underestimated. For anyone in this situation I would suggest -just laugh. Our brain does not need a reason -it will squirt the feel good chemicals regardless.

This might not get people rolling in the aisles or swinging from the chandeliers but I dare say it might draw a smile.

The Stella awards....

5th Place: Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage got locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.

Eva Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 7:35am

Hi wildchild, great advice on getting another perspective, thank you.

HO are your Stella awards true? why would courts award criminals such rewards?

Hopeful One Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 9:37am

Hi Eva- I am afraid they are true . Whether anybody actually gets anything,I don't know. Google Stella Awards and see for yourself.

Orangeblossom Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 7:41am

Thanks for this good thought & the first stage in working towards a child like perspective for today.

LillyPet Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 8:21am

Hi Wildchild, love the name!

Such a pitty that childrens innocence is taken away as they learn about unspoken and spoken social expectations.
I still love to play and definitely take any rare opportunities to do so.
I cant remember the last real hearty belly laugh I had. Tell a lie, when a grown man told me he dreamt he was being chased by a "horny little goat" and it was really scary I laughed for ages and kept bursting into laughter for days afterwards! Tickled my silly sense of humour!
A collegue randomly decided to run down a hill at lunchtime yesterday. It wasnt funny just fun seeing her tapping into that inner child!
Thank-you for a lovely way to start the day! LP xx

LillyPet Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 8:30am

Ps thank you so much to TF, ratg, Anonymous and Mary for your supportive comments yesterday, I sent a late and sleepy reply full of typos! :)) LPxx

Tutti Frutti Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 8:48am

LilyPet Glad that the comment yesterday was of some help (though I thought it turned out to go on about me rather a lot!). I went back in to read your reply. Don't worry about typos - it very rarely confuses anything you are trying to say. Anyway if you have a silly sense of humour I recommend anything by P G Wodehouse to give you a giggle. There are loads of books and the Fry and Laurie version of Jeeves and Wooster is being repeated on 'Yesterday' at the moment. They also have 'Yes Minister'. Love TF x

Tutti Frutti Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 8:50am

Thanks for a thought provoking blog.

Sally Ann Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 8:59am

How do you find laughter when you can't imagine ever laughing again? How do you laugh when you've no one to share laughter With?

Hopeful One Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 9:42am

Hi Sally Anne - I hear everything you say . I know sounds silly - just do it. Watch Laughter Yoga on You Tube to get started.

Mary Wednesday Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 9:58am

Oh Sally Ann, I know. It's so hard. Another place to start is by laughing at yourself. At the ridiculousness of your human situation. Sometimes this laughter can start bitter, but it can change if you stay with it. Start with the perspective of a hundred years (looking back after 100 years), then a thousand and a million. And if you can't laugh, then give a rueful smile and be gentle with yourself. Laughter will return, I promise you. Even if the possibility seems unutterable remote, it will return.

Another Sally Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 10:15am

Hi Sally Ann,, I find laughter a bit hard to come by some days. If you have time to spend on You Tube I can recommend typing in 'funny' and animal of your preference. There are an enormous amount of cat videos or dog if you prefer. I like Dansons la Capucine - cats playing patty cake or Sail Cat . Alternatively babies giggling. Try 'baby tearing paper' I defy you not to at least smile. Here's hoping you feel your smile muscles today, and maybe some good laughter too. Love from Another Sally x

Fran Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 9:37am

Coincidently - yesterday I vowed to do this more often - Laugh, Love and Live. (Not as easy as it sounds but I will try my best to make a good effort)
Yes, It is sad but true that "Grown ups hold grudges for greater periods of time, sometimes destroying a friendship of many years over nothing!" Unfortunately I have witnessed this all too often.
For me I find watching silly, funny videos online can give a really good belly laugh when needed, the sillier the better!!
Thanks for the Reminder Wildchild.

Holly Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 9:44am

Love this :) I'm a firm believer in the 'inner child' and working with my therapist on this too :)

Mary Wednesday Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 9:59am

Good advice I find often hard to take. I am glued to my pc and mobile phone and sometimes ignore my children and their need to play. Thank you for the reminder.

Charlie Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 10:25am

Only five minutes ago discussing how the pressures of life, the agendas, the lists, all conspire to prevent enjoyment of the moment, because that's what we are talking about, the ability to fully enjoy the moment to the exclusion of all else - the ability that gets eroded away slowly but surely over the years. Single biggest thing I achieved when passing 60 this year? Stopping wearing a watch - in some strange way it gave me back my time!

The Gardener Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 10:38am

Charlie, the amount you fit into your life is staggering - I think your watch made time elastic - busy enjoying a brief moment of sunshine - enjoy your day to the full

The Gardener Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 10:50am

I really laughed at HO contribution this morning - but as I am much given to cinycism it was a bit hollow - due to the stupid and undeniable truth that criminals can have rights - other than just to a fair trial. In our career, living in an area of high vandalism, we tried to use roses with sharp thorns, razor sharp barbed wire - and were told we could not use it, someone might get hurt entering somewhere they should not be anyhow. In our lives the kitchen table has been the catalyst for laughs - children doing idiot things, and watching their faces (as long as they were not hurt). I don't know why, but anyone accidentally falling into water was hilarious. One of our spraying machine operators was siphoning water out of the local stream and the bank gave way - it was quite shallow, but his face as he went in! I had a large and stupid horse, who, whilst I was struggling with the stable door backed into the farmers greenhouse (on its last legs, anyway). I spluttered that I was sorry, but creased up with mirth. Farmer spent rest of life getting own back - snowballs down my frontage, a bucket of water over my head, referring to all my nags (and me) as 'Cat's meat'. He was a die-hard Scot, with a dragon of a mother - but off the leash. Nearly had to take sedatives if we went to the circus, he fell off his seat when the clowns came on.

The Gardener Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 7:33pm

End-piece, sweet and sour. Mr G has reached the stage of Alzheimer where anxiety and panic are the norm. The tragic murder of the MP got us all - we listen to Radio 4 on line - although the 49 murders yesterday in Orlando passed him by. The MP story 'de-stabilised' him and he had to re-assure himself every 5 minutes that I was still there (4 metres away through a glass partition). As I'd hurt my back as well feeling a bit hard done by. Then, knock at door - distressed neighbour, missing cat since last night - l0 year old son in floods of tears. We went up to our terrace - then up to loft - to see if animal was on roof-tops. Personnaly, I thought any cat worth it's liver would have made enough racket to call the fire brigade up the hill. Having surveyed all the rooves - her phone went. She has a bed with drawers underneath - cat slept in one last night - drawer shut on it. It got hungry and made its presence felt. Small boy and puss re-united - score, cat 1, neighbours nil.

Rachel Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 10:22pm

I'm finding it hard to laugh as I have to come to terms with not having children. I would love to have children to play with

Rachel Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 10:22pm

I'm finding it hard to laugh as I have to come to terms with not having children. I would love to have children to play with

Rachel Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 10:22pm

I'm finding it hard to laugh as I have to come to terms with not having children. I would love to have children to play with

Rachel Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 10:22pm

I'm finding it hard to laugh as I have to come to terms with not having children. I would love to have children to play with

LillyPet Thu, Jun 16th 2016 @ 10:50pm

I feel for you Rachel. I'm pretty sure that nothing I say will be helpful to you. Maybe it's just as well as sometimes I need to be able to listen without trying to fix. I work with settings for young children and do enjoy it. I would love to just hangout and play with them rather than all the things that are deemed to be important. Acceptance is a major achievemt. I hope you find a way to channel your passion Love LP xx

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