For the letter J I talked about jokes, joking and the importance of being able to see the jokes of like. Today that continues with L and Laughter.
For me, laughter ranks right up there with gratitude for having a fuller, more enjoyable life. It’s not just me, experts have found that laughter helps in several ways. Here are just five of them:
- Laughter helps lower our blood pressure.
- It helps improve memory and learning. Try laughing the next time you’re trying to learn something new. I often laugh at the mouse on my computer. Who thought it was a good idea to name that little gizmo after a rodent?
- Laughter wakes our brains up and stimulates us so that we are more alert and creative, not to mention the memory improvement.
- Laughter is said to work our abs. Does that mean I don’t have to do crunches to whittle my middle? Maybe laugh while doing crunches? For sure anyone watching me do crunches will be laughing.
- Laughter helps reduce our stress. After all it’s hard to be stressed out and anxious when we’re laughing.
Whoever said, “laughter is the best medicine,” may have been on to something.
What have you laughed about recently?
Yes, today is a two-letter day since I am a tad behind on the alphabet challenge. The letter M is for mentors, whether you are the mentor or the mentee, we all need mentors in our lives.
According to the dictionary a mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor, someone who can advise and teach us. A mentor can also be an encourager. While others are quick to point out every imaginable obstacle, with no solution, the mentor will mention possible hurdles, as well as ways to overcome them. We need mentors in our lives.
While mentors can help us navigate a path, we can also be mentors for others. Parents and grandparents are often mentors for their children and grandchildren, even the offspring of their friends.
However we can also be mentors to our friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Being a mentor doesn’t mean making a huge cometment of time or energy. If you have a great garden and your neighbor struggles to keep a shrub alive, you could mentor her on growing plants.
Mentors don’t even have to know they are mentors. Jennifer McMurain,a multi-published author, wife, mom, daughter, sister, active in several organizations is one of my mentors. She does (at least she didn’t) know. She lives several miles from me, and I watch her from afar. I watch how she juggles her time between all of her interests, how she promotes her writing, how she promotes others. When I grow up I want to be like Jennifer. In the meantime, I learn from her and have her as one of my long-distance mentors.
Being a mentor ourselves not only helps someone else, it helps us. Explaining something to someone else can remind us of information we knew but had forgotten. Helping another person pursue a similar interest can also reignite our fire if it’s begun to smolder a little.
Whether we are a mentor or a mentee, mentorship is important.
Do you know anyone who can be your mentor from afar?
Do you have a local mentor?
Are you a mentor?
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