Sunday, June 23, 2013

Viral Video: Laughing Tram Man- Laughter Is Contagious Proves Rituals Cosmetics

Ella Wheeler Wilcox starts off her poem "Solitude" with:

 "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone."
And how true that is.

I came across a video that has gone viral called the Laughing Tram Man, and it's all over FaceBook.  Turns out the video was part of a campaign by the UK-based body and cosmetic company 'Rituals' to promote their newest product line the Laughing Buddha. Their motto:

"Smile to the world and the world smiles back."
Not quite laughter, but it has the same result. It's contagious, and makes us feel good. Try it sometime, walk around smiling (or laughing) and  notice the difference it makes in your life and those you come in contact with. And the actual physical action of smiling will put you in a good mood.

Anyway, Rituals set off for the Netherlands where they planted a man at a tram stop, along with some hidden cameras, to see what would happen to the people around him when he started laughing.  See what happens below. I dare you watch it without laughing yourself.

I am going to make sure to watch this often, since laughter cures many ills.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

War Vet Amputee Turned Model

Alex Minsky was a marine who lost his right leg on his first tour in Afghanistan. Recipient of a Purple Heart, Alex went through hell and back- including 3 DUIs in 3 months, until he was discovered by a photographer in a gym. No longer drinking, he models underwear and is spokesperson for Manning Up, a website for positive change and overcoming adversity.

Alex had a few detours down the wrong path, but he never let the loss of his leg slow him down.

With determination anything is possible.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Keys to Happiness: The Optimist Creed, by Christian D. Larson

Born in the late 1800s, Christian D. Larson penned The Optimist Creed back in 1912. It was later adopted by Optimist International in 1922, sans the last stanza, as its official creed. These are very wise words, and it's probably some of the best advice you will ever find on how to conduct your life. It addresses most of the things we mortals struggle with on a daily basis.

Certainly a worthy thing to strive for.

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”