A HUGE Secret to Happiness & why it matters!

FrIdAy FuN & FeElInGs…

My heart is just swelling as I think about what I want to share today…so many thoughts, experiences, and so much to say. But I think I’ve truly witnessed a HUGE Secret to Happiness & why it matters!

While I was working on a movie in Africa, we roamed through the poorest little villages of Kenya, and met so many incredible people. I felt the deepest compassion come over me…

Most of them had clothing that was worn, tattered, and thrashed. They were filthy, and honestly, they (ok I’m having a hard tiime saying this, but the truth is they stunk.) Now I’ve said it, but none of those outward things made me hate them, no, not one. In fact, they had the opposite effect on every one of us. In spite of the sickness, starvation, and all of their hardships, we were overcome with their beautiful smiles.

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Denis Waitley

In Kenya and Malawi, smiles were everywhere, even amidst the obvious pain and hardships. I remember seeing 2 young girls beaming as they ran through a field with mice they had just caught for their dinner. But when we went on to Adas Ababa Ethiopia, the smiles seemed to dissolve. Faces were etched with pain and sadness. We even had several people who begged us to take them back to the States.

At first I didn’t understand how there could be such a distinct difference in these people and all of the Villagers we had just seen.

But after a while, it started to become more clear. Everywhere I looked, I noticed crude little huts, slightly larger than a refrigerator box. On top of each little hut stood a TV antenna. It hit like a brick to the chest…could the difference be that these people had TV, so in essence, they knew what they didn’t have? My heart sunk.

I think the difference in their countennances came from their perceptions of their world. In Kenya and Malawi, they were satisfied and even grateful for their lives, no matter how simple. They were content and happy. But for the Ethiopians, they knew what they didn’t have and longed for a different existence.

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So of course there’s a moral, and I believe that when we look through eyes of gratitude, great things happen in our lives. Even the simple things we tend to overlook…running water, kindness, a smile, the freedom to pray.

It may not change our circumstance or difficulties, but instead makes them bearable and an important step to feeling fulfilled and happy. That’s it. When we stop looking at what we don’t have and pacifying our “wants” everything changes for the better. Plain and simple, gratitude changes everything, most of all, our hearts.

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie

We appreciate your comments and love your insights, please share and have a GREAT and HAPPY weekend!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Is laughter the best medicine?

Is laughter the best medicine

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Is laughter the best medicine? We think so and here’s why…

The laughter workout–

Here are some of the health benefits you may enjoy through making sure to laugh!

~ tighter stomach muscles

~ less stress

~ more energy

~ overall feeling of well being

~ suppressed appetite (i.e. weight loss 🙂

~ less illness

~ more health

~ a better life

~ must we say more?

That said, I can’t help but share a little story that happened the other day, that totally put a smile on my face :)…

Tiff’s son was playing with his 6 year old cousin and must’ve said a “bad” word because his cousin went right to the babysitter and said, “He said a bad word!” She asked, “What was it?” The little guy said, “I can’t say it–but I can spell it…s-t-o-o-p-i-d.”

haha, it still makes me laugh!

Please comment below & share something that made you laugh recently–or even just put a smile on your face.  We’d love to hear it!

It feels good to be happy, doesn’t it? And while you’re at it,give someone else a reason to laugh–please share! Speaking of that, special thanks to Summer who inspired this post. Check out her cute site!

Love you guys!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

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References:

Study Finds Repetitive Laughter Has an Impact on Appetite Hormones

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