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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Laughter is No Joke!

By Dale Heffer

We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine. Ever wonder why?

Remember Norman Cousins book “Anatomy of an Illness” where he described overcoming his po.ten.tially fatal disease by watching funny movies?

Psychiatrist, Dr. William Fry of Stanford University showed in his famous study that 20 seconds of intense laughter, even if faked, can double the heart rate for three to five minutes, an accomplishment that would take three minutes of strenuous rowing ex.er.cise! Laughter is an aerobic ex.er.cise. When we laugh, we are filling our lungs with oxygen. A lack of oxygen is a contributing factor in many conditions and illnesses; therefore, laughing is an ideal way to improve one’s health. Laughter helps to remove the negative effects of stress, boosts the immune system, helps control high blood pressure and heart disease, increases st.am.ina through increased oxygen supply, alleviates pain and gives a sense of wellbeing by releasing endorphins (the body’s painkiller hormones). Laughter is an effective antidote for depression, anxiety and psychosomatic disorders by boosting the production of serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. Laughter also gives an excellent internal massage to the digestive tract and enhances blood supply to internal organs.

Do you need a sense of humor to enjoy the benefits of laughter? According to many studies, our bodies benefit from laughter whether it is real or not. You do not need a sense of humor to reap laughter’s benefits. Children laugh for no reason 300-400 times a day. Sadly, adults laugh only about 15 times a day. What can we do to increase our laughter? There are many “laughter therapies” where they promote laughter through different methods. We can watch funny movies, tell jokes or even laugh for no reason.

It is not necessary to be happy in order to laugh. You can decide to play a game or laugh despite all the problems in your life. Faking laughter can actually produce a feeling of joyfulness and gives the same benefits as genuine laughter. According to Madan Kataria, MD, “a feeling of joyfulness can be produced by faking laughter and engaging in childlike playfulness.” Dr. Kataria started a movement called Laughter Yoga in 1995 in Mumbai, India with only 5 participants. Today, Laughter Yoga has grown to over 5000 Laughter Clubs in 55 countries where club members get together and “laugh for no reason” just for the health of it. You can laugh in the shower, in your car or with your family and friends.

My new motto is: “When in Doubt, Laugh!”

Dale Heffer and Joellen Kuhl teach laughter Yoga on Sundays at 3:00 PM at Way To Be Fit, 1945 Ridge Road East, Rochester, NY 14622. Dale is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and owner of Way To Be Fit. Joellen is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher Call 585-278-1302 for more information.

Financial Blessing


Here is your financial blessing! It's a simple prayer, you got 30 seconds? Don't sleep on this....Someone recently read this for the first time and received exactly enough for a $0 balance on all credit cards.

If you need a financial blessing, continue reading this email. Heavenly Father, most Gracious and Loving God, I pray to you that you abundantly bless my family and me. I know that you recognize, that a family is more than just a mother, father, sister, brother, husband and wife, but all who believe and trust in you. Father, I send up a prayer request for financial blessing for not only the person who sent this to me, but for me and all that I have forwarded this message on to. And that the power of joined prayer by those who believe and trust in you is more powerful than anything. I thank you in advance for your blessings. Father God, deliver the person reading this right now from debt and debt burdens.

Release your Godly wisdom that I may be a good steward over all that You have given me Father, for I know how wonderful and mighty you are and how if we just obey you and walk ! in your word an d have the faith of a mustard seed that you will pour out blessings.
I thank you now Lord for the recent blessings I have received and for the blessings yet to come because I know you are not done with me yet. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen
TAKE 60 SECONDS and send this on quickly and within hours, you will have caused a multitude of people to pray to God for each other.

Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life for doing the thing that you know He loves.
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Peace and Blessings.....

VISITATION OF GOD

Three things will happen to you this coming week :



(1) You will find favour with someone you don't expect;

(2) You will be too relevant to be ignored; &

(3) You will encounter God and you will never remain the same, Amen.



Send this to your friends. Send it also to me if am in that category.



My prayer for you today:

The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil, the hands that

will send this message to others shall not labor in vain, the mouth

saying Amen to this prayer shall laugh forever, remain in God's love as

you send this prayer to everybody on your list.

Have a Lovely journey of life !

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and HE will never fail you

because HE is Awesome !

a wake up call

Life is too short to wake up with regrets.

So love the people who treat you right.

Love the ones who don't just because you can.

Believe everything happens for a reason.

If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.

If it changes your life, let it.

Kiss slowly.
Forgive quickly.

God never said life would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it.

a Blessing is coming





God
has seen you struggling,
God
says it's over.
A blessing is coming your way.








You
a re
being
tested

The smell of rain


A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. She was still groggy from surgery.


Her husband, David, held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news.
That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver couple's new daughter, Dana Lu Blessing.



At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature.

Still, the doctor's soft words dropped like bombs.

"I don't think she's going to make it," he said, as kindly as he could.




"There's only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one"


Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Dana would likely face if she survived.


She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on.

"No! No!" was all Diana could say.

She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four.

Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away

But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Dana's underdeveloped nervous system was essentially 'raw', the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn't even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love.

All they could do, as Dana struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl.


There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger.


But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there.

At last, when Dana turned two months old. her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time.



And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero, Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted.


Five years later, when Dana was a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life.


She showed no signs whatsoever of any mental or physical impairment. Simply, she was everything a little girl can be and more. But that happy ending is far from the end of her story.


One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Dana was sitting in her mother's lap in the bleachers of a local ball park where her brother Dustin's baseball team was practicing.


As always, Dana was chattering nonstop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent. Hugging her arms across her chest, little Dana asked, "Do you smell that?"

Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied, "Yes, it smells like rain."

Dana closed her eyes and again asked, "Do you smell that?"

Once again, her mother replied, "Yes, I think we're about to get wet. It smells like rain."

Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced,
"No, it smells like Him.



It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest."



Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Dana happily hopped down to play with the other children.


Before the rains came, her daughter's words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along.


During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Dana on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.


You now have 1 of 2 choices. You can either pass this on and let other people catch the chills like you did or you can delete this and act like it didn't touch your heart like it did mine.

IT'S YOUR CALL!


"I can do all things in Him who strengthens me."

Nine Angels

For You,

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The Lord will never give you more than you can handle!!

Nine angels are sent to you. You must send them to nine people
including me. In nine minutes you will receive something you have
long awaited.

Have Faith!

PRAY THIS EVEN IF YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE IT!!

Dear Lord, I thank You for this day,
I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning.
I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God.
You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you.

I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm.
Help me to start this Day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.
Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things.
Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over.
And give the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits.
I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart.

Continue to use me to do Your will.
Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others Keep me strong that I may help the weak...

Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.

I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way.
I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood.
I pray for those who don't know You intimately.
I pray for those that will delete this without sharing it with others.
I pray for those that don't believe.
I thank you that I believe that God changes people and God changes things.
I pray for all my sisters and brothers.
I pray for each and every family member in their households.
I pray for peace, love, and joy in their homes.
I pray that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.
I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God.
Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.
I pray that these words will be received into the hearts of every eye that sees it.

God, I love you and I need you.
Please Come into my heart,

Amen.

Know that you are already blessed by the person who sent this to you.