THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HAPPINESS!.....THIS truly is the name of the book I am reading. OY!
Laughing Your Way To Happiness...This seemed an appropriate reading for the scrapbook page I am doing for my daughter's book of her travels around the world. My posts will be sporadic, as scrapbooking takes me much longer than card making.
In This Chapter (Chapter 7)
- Discover the power of humor to transform emotions
- Finding humor and social bonding
- Opting for humor in frustrating situations
- Assessing your humor capability
- Creating more laughter opportunities
The ability to appreciate and generate humor is a character trait that has attracted special interest from those who study happiness - no doubt because humor has so many beneficial effects. There is nothing like a good, hearty laugh to make us feel both instant emotional cheer and immediate physical release. (I immediately think of my son Jordan and his finance "Our" Laura, who can make me laugh SO much just listening to them kidding with each other and watching them with huge laughter smiles and their eyes dancing with each other as they laugh at each other's jokes and make fun of each other in the most loving ways.)
But humor is also a way to bond with others and enhance our social connections. Perhaps most significant of all, humor can help us rise above our troubles, maintain perspective and flexibility and even reevaluate our circumstances in a new, more positive light. (The page below is when my daughter just finished her stint of school in Australia and her friend Eric went and met her in Thailand and well....you can figure out the rest!!! They are currently travelling around the world together again, loves of each other's life, and at this moment are in Israel. I am working on an album of their travels...so this is what I will be posting for a LONG while) I hope you enjoy my two pages below...
The First Page and the Last Page (below) of Ayla and Eric's Adventures Around The World!
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This is my favorite part of the entire page...I love the textures and even found the cutting enjoyable and relaxing, surprisingly!
Well, this proved itself to be right!
Oh, to be young again! And in water so beautiful!
NOW THIS IS HAPPINESS!!!!!
Very much what this book stresses...
The stitching felt risky, as I was afraid to ruin their picture so I used my Tim Holtz ruler for the precision! I am currently working with W.W.A.D! A funny thing my daughter drummed up - to keep "little Ayla" in my head! haha. She is SO great! For those of you who know I am VERY faithful to God, and W.W.J.D....and that I revere that, I am working with "What would Ayla do" for some help with my social life and for help with my sanity in general! My Oldest Son has always had the burden of that one...now she is ready to share it! Oy...what a burden children take on for their parents. Ayla is a social bug...and I am a loner. I am attempting to change that, just a wee bit, but in a healthy, moderate way. My daughter is helping me....so W.W.A.D. worked perfectly to quell my fears on the stitching each time I just looked down at her laughing!lol
and...keep scrolling down please...
The Last Page of their Album
I'm dyslexic, so I have to start with the last page and work backward (I'm A Messianic Jew as well, so the Torah works well for me!)...so here I have the last page below to match up with the first page. In between you will see pages all across Canada, through the US and all through the Middle East and Europe and below. I hope you enjoy my daughter's travels, and hers and Eric's expression of THEIR LOVE!
Oh yes, my scrapbooking too! haha
Ayla and Eric!