In Quiet Solitude I Sit

Science and technology is wonderful and I am grateful for these. Seeing an actual photo of a jet breaking the sound barrier or hearing that someone can pitch a baseball at 108 mph is quite impressive. Looking at photos taken by the hubble space telescope of galaxies undiscovered can leave a person breathless and as great as these are I sometimes forget of truly miraculous things that happen everyday all around me.

A child’s prayer can reach the Heavens faster and further than any man-made machine.

A single tear shed by loving parents on behalf of a child can be heard louder than any chaotic noise on earth.

A beautiful song can cause my spirit to swell beyond comprehension.

A kind word or a hug can be more healing than the skill of a surgeons hands.

Yes much can be said for the marvels of man but none can compare to knowing what God can and does do in my life from day to day.

The times I sit and contemplate on these things always brings on overwhelming gratitude that my heart can’t contain or tears cannot wash away.

His reassurance that everything will be ok has more weight to it than any amount of gold could buy. His praises I will sing forever.

Laughter is the best medicine

I have no insights to share today, but I do believe that a good sense of humor is vital to each of us. So with keeping that in mind, I am reposting this found on the physiological effects that humor has on you, your physical and mental well being..

When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. Here’s why.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.

Stress relief from laughter

A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

Without humor you might grow old looking like this. Poor kitty.