Archive for September 19, 2008

In A Bad Mood? Get Some ….. Sun!

Next time you’re in a stinky mood, try this little but very effective mood changer:

Soak up the sun by
a.  Opening the drapes or blinds, or
b.  Having breakfast/lunch/dinner outside, or
c.  Walking or exercising outdoors, or
d.  All the above

It will
a.  Lift your spirits, or
b.  Boost your energy, or
c.  Improve your attitude and frame of mind, or
d.  All the above

AND LET THE SUN BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY!

While traveling all over Europe I noticed that people in the Southern European countries like Spain, Italy and Greece seem to be more cheerful, colorful, are generally in a better mood, and seem to get more enjoyment out of life than their Northern European counterparts.  You think that them having much more exposure to the sun could have something to do with it?  I certainly do.  And their enjoyment of and passion for life is reflected in their beautiful music, passionate dances and colorful fashions.

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SUN?

Exposure to the sun is probably the single best way to help our bodies produce Vitamin D.  A Vitamin D deficiency can cause serious health problems like osteoporosis and rickets and is more common than some people realize.  Eating foods containing Vitamin D (like salmon and eggs) or taking a Vitamin D supplement is good but pale in comparison to simple exposure to the sun.  So what do experts suggest?  Just exposing your skin (face, arms, hands or back) to the sun for about 10-15 minutes twice a week without using sunscreen is sufficient to provide adequate Vitamin D.  Drinking your morning coffee and reading the paper on the deck or a walk around the block will do the job.  Naturally, if you’re exposed for longer periods (doing yard work or watching an outdoor game, etc.), apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to protect your skin as too much sun can have negative effects as well, including skin cancer.

“A PERFECT SUMMER DAY IS WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING, A BREEZE IS BLOWING, THE BIRDS ARE SINGING, AND THE LAWN MOWER IS BROKEN.” — JAMES DENT

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You Absolutely Cannot Vote Republican, If …..

You absolutely cannot vote for McCain/Palin for self-preservation reasons:

-If you are a card-carrying member of the “Nation of Whiners”
-If you find yourself in a “Mental Recession”
-If you are a polar bear or moose
-If you are a rape victim in Wasilla, Alaska
-If you had your house foreclosed, are in foreclosure right now, or know somebody who is
-If you are unemployed
-If you are not better off than you were eight years ago
-If you are a pro-choice woman or a man married to one
-If you understand Economics 101
-If you are gay or lesbian
-If you are a union member
-If you are a liberal, moderate, or true conservative
-If you believe in the separation of state and church
-If you are a member of any religious group besides the “Christian Right”
-If you are any of the following:  Jewish, Muslim, Black, Hispanic, or any other
-If you don’t have health insurance, are under-insured, or your premiums have skyrocketed
-If you travel overseas and are tired of defending 51% of the population having voted Republican
-If you are sick and tired and had enough
-If you don’t like liars
-If you live in Florida or Ohio (you already screwed up two elections)
-If you were affected by “Katrina” or know somebody who was
-If your name is “Sarah” or “John”
-If you love America
-If you are using a computer and know about the “Internets”
-If you are a woman who is not a beauty queen
-If you are in the military and don’t want to be bogged down in another disastrous war
-If you are a rational thinking person

MESSAGE TO THE REMAINING THREE PEOPLE:  GO AHEAD, VOTE FOR MCCAIN/PALIN.  YOU’RE BEYOND HELP.

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