Bet most of you don’t remember that advertisement jingle.    I can’t remember if it was Camels or Lucky Strikes? Do you? As we know now smoking a cigarette is not a healthy break; laughing is.

EMOTIONAL FITNESS take a break advice

As the Niki slogan says – “Just Do It.”  For most of us taking a laughing break is a bit easier than getting on our Niki’s and giving ourselves a full body work out.

Here is a Link to a you tube Laughing Yoga tape:

Now watching this doesn’t tickle my funny bone as much as jumping up and doing it. And you might need a break at a time when jumping up and down in a Lion’s laugh might get your fired, failed, or ousted.  Sad reality check.

But here is a trick that works well.  Watch it at home doing your favority laugh with the tape until your brain has it memorized.  The Lion works best for me. Then you can turn it into a Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercise any time any where by smiling and watching the video in your head.  You can imagine making all the moves and your brain will act as if you are moving.


Life makes us cry as well as laugh.  As I have noted before there are times all laughter dies.  If that is where you are not, you are probably not reading this.  If you are reading it is a sign you are on your way to what is called “recovery.”  Please note recovery from life blows that leave you unable to laugh does not mean getting back to normal.  Recovery from those blows means finding a new normal.  Perhaps, the new normal will find you wiser, perhaps sadness will be accompany you there, but the goal is to once again find pleasure despite past pain.

Good luck.

DISCLAIMER ONE: ADVICE IS JUST ADVICE NOT A GUARANTEE   Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel about how to stay emotionally strong.  Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you those of us who think we can help.  Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t.  As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.

DISCLAIMER TWO: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS  If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share my blog. Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life I have been plagued by dysgraphia–a learning disability. If you hang in with me, thank you.

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