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March 22, 2018

Think About It: Ha Ha = Healthy

Last week I editorials, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, about the annual counting of the whales, and I juxtaposed brilliantly the whole too many tourists complaint with the possibly missing whales. Actually, it wasn't brilliant, but rather my juvenile mind at working, just trying to get people to laugh a bit. One viewer slightly reprimanded me for taking the situation in a farcical manner. I am very much aware of our disservice to this planet and its animal and plant life, including humans. I was never suggesting that it's not a big deal. Again, it was merely meant to have a little fun while suggesting that perhaps the counts are off because of timing.

And you know, it's OK to laugh every once in a while; it's a really useful and necessary human dynamic. When you deal with life's twists and turns, it's OK to take things seriously, and it's great to live with passion while avoiding drama at every turn, but we sure could all use a laugh now and then. Here are the facts: laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

We all probably know humorless people. And some undoubtedly have had items that led to this, but surely a little levity now and then couldn't hurt? So while you're watching the whales or wailing at the legislative morass here or in Washington, D.C., lighten up a bit. As philosopher Mary Poppins so profoundly averred over 50-years ago: a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down… even no matter how bad things might be. Think about it…

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