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The Alternative Advent Calendar

  • Posted on December 17, 2018 at 7:04 am

Alternative Advent Calendar 17Merry Midwinter’s countdown to Christmas with a difference!

DOOR NUMBER SEVENTEEN:

This is it! Monday again and the beginning of the last full week before Christmas. Still so much to do/buy/achieve? Consequently ‘Monday blues’ might be greatly multiplied this particular week. We are all subject to such reactions and stresses. Everyone is in the same boat… more or less. (An unfortunate number of people might feel that they have completely fallen out of the boat and are thrashing around in choppy, inhospitable waters.) But this is the very time that you need to take action to combat the strain of getting it right… doing your best… not letting everyone else down – both for yourself and others around you.

So today, I want you to make people laugh – or at least bring a smile to their faces. Tell a joke (even if it makes the listener groan… it’s an inverted form of laughter), try a little gentle teasing, act the clown… do a silly walk or dance, cross your eyes or pull funny faces (so long as the wind doesn’t change and they stick like that!). Surprise people – even shock them a little – that will also help to loosen their reserve and bring the reaction of laughter to the surface.

Break the tension. Everyone and everything gets so serious and intense, especially at this highly emotionally charged time of year. Just make one person smile and then feel how the whole atmosphere around both of you changes. How do you feel now? Do you also feel different… better… more relaxed… lighter of heart? It’s be a win/win situation.

If you are staying in at home today, or work on your own, pick up the phone and give someone a call and bring a smile to their lips… a chuckle in their throats… a grin to their face… a belly laugh to the world.

Remember that laughter is also very beneficial – it promotes good health. It lowers blood sugar levels, boosts the immune system, decreases stress hormones and triggers the release of endorphins – the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Physically it also tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation. Emotionally it unleashes inhibitions, and lowers barriers generating better communication and team building and encourages positive thinking. What an amazing cocktail of wonderful benefits!

Yes, people might think that you have suddenly taken leave of your senses. The down side is that some people prefer to wilfully remain miserable and can grow increasingly cross the more you try to jolly them along. If you come across someone like that, don’t upset them even more, leave them to it. There are plenty more to crack a joke with!

Happy Monday everyone – at this very darkest time of the year go and spread a little metaphorical sunshine!

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