Today, instead of sharing several positive D words I’m going to focus on just one, DANCE. Just saying the word causes a smile, following through with the action lifts our spirits.
Dance has been a part of the American culture for as long as the United States have been a country. While the dance styles might change with time, from the waltzes of the early 1800s to the freestyle, create-your-own dances of today.
In between we’ve had the Twist, the Macarena, The Charleston, The Jitterbug, not to mention line dancing, hip-hop, disco, and even breakdancing. Dancing is often a part of who we are.
Dancing can be done by anyone, young or old. Often videos of babies dancing show up on social media. Then there are the videos of the ahem, older population dancing. Sometimes it’s a grandma doing a quick dance on her front porch for the fun of it, other times it’s a video of a person of experience doing a choreographed dance. Age is no deterrent to dancing.
Even physical ability doesn’t stop people from dancing. There are videos of stroke victims dancing as part of their therapy, and people dancing while sitting. Dance is universally available to everyone and it’s a positive action.
Dance even has some health benefits:
It helps with weight control.
It helps reduce or eliminate depression
It increases energy levels.
Improves muscle strength and tones the body.
It improves agility and balance.
Put on your dancing shoes, or socks (ever hear of a Sock Hop?) and dance. Whether you dance for a minute or an hour, dancing will help lift your spirits.
There you have it, the positive D word for today is Dance.
Do you dance?
What was or is your favorite dance step?
What is your favorite music for dancing?