A Smile is Your Umbrella in Stressful Times

By January 22, 2010Uncategorized

When the chips are down, you have a secret weapon… your smile. Research shows that a smile can disarm the harshest critic. Research also reveales that when store clerks smile at their customers, they are less likely to be robbed. People today are showing signs of being overwhelmed and burnt out. They could use a smile. We all could use a smile. As the Irish say, “A smile costs nothing and everyone benefits,” so make a smile your umbrella in stressful times.

• Stress Tip of the Day
Share a smile today to someone who really needs an emotional life.If you cannot think of anything to smile about, here is a joke for you (and apologies up front to all USPS postal workers).

A Letter to God!
There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day, a letter ca me addressed in a shaky handwriting to God with no actual address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about. The letter read:

Dear God, I am an 83-year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension payment. Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with, have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope. Can you please help me ? Sincerely, Edna

The postal worker was quite moved. He showed the letter to all the other workers. Each one dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman…The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends. Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter came from the same old lady to God. All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened. It read:

Dear God, How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me ? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift. By the way, there was $4 missing. I think it might have been those bastards at the post office.

Sincerely, Edna

• Links Worth Noting:
The Amity Turkish Cultural Center co-sponsored my trip to Jacksonville, FL last week. The exchange resulted in meeting some WONDERFUL people from Turkey and I am honored to accept an invitation to Turkey this summer as guests of the Amity Turkish Cultural Center (thanks, Akif). Please check out this link which contains a beautifully produced video of Turkey.

• Photo of the Day:
Imagine walking down the street and seeing your movie title on a theater marquee. That’s what happened to me last Friday night as I was in Jacksonville, FL for a screening premier of Earth Songs. I call this photo, “Me and George Clooney (kinda).” Seeing this sure put a smile on my face! I hope it does the same for you too. Enjoy!

• Quote for the Day:
In light of the Supreme Courts ruling Thursday that has basicall legalized political corruption, I offer this quote from Mark Twain:
“If the world “pro” is the opposite of “con,” what is the opposite of progress? ”

Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (6E). He can be reached through his website:www.brianlukeseaward.net

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