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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Monday, March 4, 2013

We Human's Require Humor and Laughter -Part 3

"The great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart."– Mencius

The implications of physiological research suggest that laughter appears to have a potential value and indeed a disease prevention including heart disease, stroke, cancer, depression and other stress-related illnesses. Laughter also appears to have many benefits in such areas as cardiac rehabilitation and chronic diseases such as arthritis and emphysema. Laughter can stimulate the circulatory system and it can stimulate muscles  and relax  muscle tension since all that body’s muscles are involved in a hearty laugh. Relaxation of  muscle tension  can  lead to the reduction of pain. The production of catecholamine  stimulates production of endorphins and adrenaline in the brain. This in turn stimulates alertness and memory and can increase learning and creativity. Just think if there was more humor in school, hospitals, news broadcasts and business establishments etc., the world would be so much better. You might think about supplying your own humor.
Norman Cousins, in his book,” Anatomy of an Illness As Perceived by the Patient” believed he was suffering from a case of “adrenal exhaustion.” He reasoned that if negative emotions produced negative chemical changes in the body, wouldn’t positive emotions produce positive chemical changes. He wondered if  it was  possible that love, hope, faith, laughter, confidence and the will to live  had therapeutic value? . During his illness , he prescribed for himself 10 minutes of hearty belly laughing. His humor therapy came in the form of numerous movies and books that he knew he enjoyed. Cousins reported that 10 minutes of hearty laughter  had an “anesthetic effect” permitted him at  least two hours of pain-free sleep. He had his sedimentation rate, a marker of inflammation ,measured before and after his 10 minutes of humor therapy. Cousins believe that the most important factor in his healing was reduction of pain, helplessness and anxiety brought about by laughter. He believed that his humor therapy was not a substitute for traditional medical care but an adjunct to enable the body to mobilize its own resources for recovery.
We know that Alpha is talented, competitive and a good athlete. We also know that he continues to compete at a high level with his running. It seems to me, that I have discovered his secret. We know that Sampson’s strength was his hair. Unmistakably, we all know and recognize  Alpha by his laugh. He has a great sense of humor with a very deep laugh. In other words, he gets the same benefit of exercise while laughing. This means that he’s always employing great benefits to his body physiologically. This may seem like a simple explanation to some of you; but trust me it is one of his greatest assets. Keep laughing my friend because it’s contagious and good for you and for me as well.
Today, Chris, Alpha and I intend to run the trail with laughter. Keep laughing and moving my friends.


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