"Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert"
So back to my original question- does being healthy make you happy and does being happy make you healthy?
I actually think I change my mind on this depending on which direction the wind is blowing!.... today I'm feeling the Friday love- and it's all about accepting myself, being with friends, being social and living life to the full. A few days ago I was all about physical excellence! Running, Pilates and yoga were the order of the day.
I think actually it's a combination of all? I do believe that letting yourself roll with what feels right is really important- but really hard to accept, especially in today's media driven society. There are pictures, articles and ideas everywhere I look about the ideal bikini body, 10 things to do with an avocado and how coconut oil will prolong my life for 97 extra years etc..... And some days I fall for it and others (like today) I just can't be bothered. And learning to not feel guilty about not being 100% all the time is blinking hard!
My amazing Nana is 94 this year. She was a big smoker in her time, enjoyed a whiskey or 2, ate a vast amount of sugar and was a total stress head. And yet she is 94, was only diagnosed as diabetic 2 years ago because they lowered the boundary levels and has just this week permanently moved into to a residential home from an 18th century cottage with nearly vertical stairs!
Theoretically her lifestyle would suggest she should not have lived that long..... But she is also the most amazing get up and go, physical, 'life's to short' person, and I think it is this mental strength that has steered her through her 94 years. Even now she loves a good game of scrabble, still loves wandering round gardens (even though she's nearly blind) and won't say no to a good G&T. I hope I'm like her and don't say no to challenges that crop up and relish family and good times as much as she has.
So this weekend I say we should all spent some quality time with friends and family and remember all that is important and wonderful and worry about the bad stuff another day.... Have a great weekend! (And yes I'm gonna watch the Olympics cos I still dream of taking part. One day......!)