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When in Happyland do as the Happy do. Saturday April 5, 2014

In her room, at a nursing home in Wigan, there are a small pile of cheery books that may spark a happy l'il moment for my nan. One of them is a Mr. Men book by Roger Hargreaves, namely Mr. Happy. Perusing it made me want to purchase the entire collection - 46 books in total, I think. Great books! Plus, 33 Little Miss Books. Mr Hargreaves himself must surely have been a lovely character.

Mr Happy lives in Happyland where 'even the flowers seem to smile.' One day he discovers a small door in the trunk of a tree. To cut a short story even shorter, entrance to the door leads Mr Happy to the residence of Mr Miserable. I counted 3 things that Mr Happy does to help his new friend:

1) "They both set off through the wood and back to Mr Happy's cottage." Mr Happy encouraged Mr Miserable to go for a walk. Exercise, even gentle, creates new neurons in the brain, boosts blood flow to the brain and increases levels of key mood-boosting chemicals in the brain, like serotonin and dopamine.

Add to that the effect of sunshine. Our mood can be significantly boosted by feeling the sunshine on our face.

2) "Because he was living in Happyland Mr Miserable ever so slowly stopped being miserable and started to be happy." Notice it doesn't say Mr Miserable felt happy but that he 'started to be happy.' A study at the University of British Columbia found that even brief interactions with strangers tended to improve people's mood. Why? Well, researchers ruminate that we try to act more cheerful around strangers which has the corroborative effect of putting us in a better mood.

3) "Mr Miserable and Mr Happy laughed and laughed... And because they were laughing so much, everyone who saw them started laughing as well." Studies have suggested that moods are contagious.

So, to sum up, gentle exercise, especially when the sun is out, interaction with strangers, even if only brief and keeping away from The Miserable Ones, and who knows, we may find ourselves in Happyland today. :o)

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Lex McKee Sat, Apr 5th 2014 @ 8:31am

That's lovely, Suzy (and I mean 'lovely' in a practically useful way too). I really fancy reading the book now because I can be Mr Ratty! I wonder what three top laughing locations would be? Funny movies? Watching Oystercatchers by the Estuary (their humorous calls make me smile and even laugh)? Actually deliberately doing a funny walk? I think I might let the 6 year old me (who's still in me) out to play today. x

Anonymous Sat, Apr 5th 2014 @ 8:46am

Lovely post - and comment. I'm starting this programme today:
1) a stroll to the market this morning
2) smile at the sun & the people I see
3) read (or write) a funny story
& - Have a nice day!

Richard Sat, Apr 5th 2014 @ 8:47am

There is an eight-year old in my life. She tells me which Mr Men books she still needs. Mr Chatterbox was the first one I bought.
Thankyou Suzy, Roger and all The Mr Men and Little Misses.
Tonight I'm off to see Elbow at the NEC. I think there are tickets left.
Peace and Love, Richard x

Suzy Sat, Apr 5th 2014 @ 9:48am

The moon is out looking for trouble
The moon wants a scrap or a cuddle
The moon is face down in a puddle
And everyone's here

Sing it loud and clear tonight Richard!
Enjoy! ;o)

Suzy Sat, Apr 5th 2014 @ 10:06am

Anon, your day ahead sounds like a day from Happyland! Lovely that. I hope the sun is shining wherever you are. It isn't here sadly. Guess I'll have to smile harder! Should you write your funny story, you could maybe share it as a post here? ;o)
And to Lex above... Mr Ratty Goes Out To Play... Available at an estuary near you!
I don't think I've ever heard an oystercatcher's call.
Wishing you all a lovely Saturday folks xxx

Richard Sun, Apr 6th 2014 @ 12:13pm

Thankyou Suzy. Last night's gig was sublime. It's the quirky, little things that happen around a wonderful gig that stick with me as well as the performance. An old guy in the foyer, announcing to everyone: " I thoroughly enjoyed that." The shuttle bus driver commenting that she'd heard a couple of the band's songs and wasn't a fan, and getting booed by the passengers. Making a peace sign during " New York Morning ". Feeling like we were on Tiswas. Love, Richard ;oD x

Mart Sun, Apr 6th 2014 @ 9:52pm

Thanks Suzy! Actually I lay in bed this morning trying to think of as many Mr Men as I could remember! I'd love to think of myself as Mr Happy but sadly I think I'm more like Mr Grumpy at times especially in the morning. Will take on board your excellent reminders here though.

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