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Yep… LOL "Laugh out Loud"

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Just in case you needed more convincing… this is about laughing – out loud…

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Bad photo, but who cares?
When the World Cup was on the go, I read something about a journalist who landed in South Africa. He said what struck him the most was the laughter he heard at the airport, obviously something he wasn’t accustomed to. South Africans are a peculiar lot, but one thing we do is laugh and usually out loud. I think it’s because we’re usually to be found out of doors, so conversations get spoken loudly across braais (bbq’s) and laughter is something practised at the same volume.

Yes, we are loud, I think, but most of all, we know how to laugh, especially at ourselves and when something is funny, we aren’t shy to let the world know. Yes, yes, our laughter may be quite loud and rumbustious, but that’s us.

Laughter is contagious. I saw a little booklet the other day and one of the notes in it said: "A felicidade é contagiosa: cerque-se de rostos felizes." Happiness is contagious: surround yourself with happy faces.

Sometimes, I forget to laugh. I forget that laughter feels good. A good belly laugh heals so much ill. It occurred to me that we don’t hear much laughter here at all, loud or soft. They smile, they chuckle, and laugh softly. It isn’t that laugh that forces itself up from deep in your belly, stretching your mouth and face, squeezing your eyes shut and letting the tears roll. Ah… to laugh is good!

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What makes you belly laugh?

 

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Posted by on October 23, 2010 in feel good, humour

 

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Sunshine

Heart smiles…

A note from someone close….

" I hope you have a sunny day today! : ) "

And a picture attached…

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Photo from the Lithuanian online newspaper, Irytas.lt

I pass the wish on…

Ok, our skies look much like this right now (with added pollution) and it’s about to rain, but I can dream…

 

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Posted by on August 9, 2010 in feel good

 

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A sequence of events

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Photo taken by Jurgis. The butterfly landed on the soap bubbles as he was doing the dishes. He fished her out and she hung around a while. He then took photos before releasing her into the great outdoors.
I woke up completely and quickly. That, in itself, was unusual. I’m notoriously slow to surface. My first thought was… surely it’s 4:30 already? I checked my cell phone, which doubles as an alarm clock – 4:37! I hadn’t set the alarm! Strike one. Without an alarm, I’m usually incapable of surfacing on time.

I put the kettle on and turned on the pc. Ack! My internet wouldn’t connect. An overwhelmingly sickly smell drew me to the kitchen. The gas had run out (the gas stinks just as the bin empties for some reason) – coffee would be delayed. I shook Jurgis awake. Luckily, he’d asked me to wake him early. He tackled the gas (we keep a spare bin) and internet while I got ready. With coffee and toast going down well, the morning was saved.

The first bus that came along was an inter-municipal (the elusive Santana bus, Tat! *poke*) The smiling lady sharing my stop got on, so I asked the driver if it went my way. Yep, it did. What a ride! Everyone was smiling!  I wish I could take this bus every day. It takes a grand tour of the city. The route was different and thus interesting. I wished I had a camera with me.

Because I took a bus instead of the usual metro, I ended up on the other end of Parque do Juventude, a large, concrete and wannabe-grass walking area. It has some funky buildings. I walked past the building and wadya know…. a library! An honest-to-goodness fancy-schmancy library here in São Paulo!! Sadly, it was only opening later, so I couldn’t go in. Not sure when I’ll get the chance to see it, as it’s far from home and my ours are a little crazy.

I walked over to where my student usually meets me. I had nearly reached my spot when a scruffy man walked past. I think he was homeless, but who knows. What was special about him? The big red nose he was sporting! When he caught someone staring, he’d grin. He was  having a ball. He left many laughs and smiles in his wake.

I spent the rest of my time there being entertained by an impish (he looked like a little imp) hopelessly drunk man who was dancing and clowning around with a huge grin on his face. He was having a ball!

What was that they say about "Smile and the world smiles with you"? Today, the world seemed to be smiling. It was good : )  I felt as though a load had been taken off my shoulders.

And back to the ordinary world…

Romany was caught grinning in his sleep.

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The flash woke him up. He stuck his tongue out…. kinda mid-lick, but too lazy to pull it off properly.

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The sun was obviously too good and he dozed right off again.

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Posted by on July 7, 2010 in dogs, feel good, life, people

 

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