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“Grab onto the attitude of gratitude!” – Doc Meek

Thursday, September 16, 2010. I am not only grateful to Mike Berry [DynamicMike] for these images and text, I am deeply indebted.
Look at the kids’ smiles!!!
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The next time you’re in a bad mood …. maybe you need to remember this  one. Your  attitude toward life defines not only who you  are, but the quality of life you will have.

~ Mike Berry [DynamicMike]

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Images from Mike Berry [DynamicMike]: gratitude-rocks.com

Could Your Attitude Be Affecting Your Outlook?

Thank you, Mike Berry!

Doc Meek, Thurs, Sept 16, 2010, at Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)
“What if you are smarter than you think?”
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Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude

Tuesday, September 7, 2010. On the advice of a friend, I carry a pebble in my pocket; whenever I touch it I think of something for which I am grateful.

I walked by sister-in-law’s garden and she has thousands of pebbles lining her garden. So my mind started swirling through a thousand gratitudes. 😮

Here’s Rhonda Byrne of “The Secret” reminding us of our many gratitudes. See: http://www.thesecret.tv/index.html

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A Secret Scrolls message from Rhonda Byrne
Creator of The Secret and The PowerFrom The Secret Daily Teachings Begin your day by feeling grateful. Be grateful for the bed you just slept in, the roof over your head, the carpet or floor under your feet, the running water, the soap, your shower, your toothbrush, your clothes, your shoes, the refrigerator that keeps your food cold, the car that you drive, your job, your friends. Be grateful for the stores that make it so easy to buy the things you need, the restaurants, the utilities, services, and electrical appliances that make your life effortless. Be grateful for the magazines and the books that you read. Be grateful for the chair that you sit on, and the pavement that you walk on. Be grateful for the weather, the sun, the sky, the birds, the trees, the grass, the rain, and the flowers.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
May the joy be with you,

Rhonda Byrne
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Thank you, Rhonda Byrne!

Doc Meek, Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)
“What if you are smarter than you think?”
Learning Specialist https://docmeek.com

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“A sense of humor . . . ” – William Arthur Ward

Friday, August 27, 2010. “Today I am grateful for the healing power of humor and laughter.” – Doc Meek

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.” – William Arthur Ward

Image above, and article below, from: http://jameswoodward.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/laughter/

Laughter
An extract from H. A. Williams’ book Tensions, Necessary Conflicts in Life and Love

God, we believe, accepts us, accepts all men, unconditionally, warts and all. Laughter is the purest form of our response to God’s acceptance of us. For when I laugh at myself I accept myself and when I laugh at other people in genuine mirth I accept them. Self acceptance in laughter is the very opposite of self accusation or pride. For in laughter I accept myself not because I’m some sort of super-person, but precisely because I’m not.

There is nothing funny about a super-person. There is everything funny about a man who thinks he is.

In laughing at my own claims to importance or regard I receive myself in a sort of loving forgiveness which is an echo of God’s forgiveness of me. In much conventional contrition there is a selfishness and pride which are scarcely hidden. In our desperate self concern we blame ourselves for not being the super persons we think we really are. But in laughter we set light to ourselves. That is why laughter is the purest form of our response to God.

Whether or not the great saints were capable of levitation, I have not the evidence to decide. What I do know is that a characteristic of the great saints is their power of levity. For to set light to yourself is true humility.

Pride cannot rise to levity. As G.K. Chesterton said, pride is the downward drag of all things into an easy solemnity. It would seem that a heavy seriousness is as natural to man as falling. ‘It was by the force of gravity that Satan fell.’

Laughter, on the other hand, is a sign of grace.

“Women laugh seven more times a day than men and live seven years longer. (Tell us something?)”

“Here’s to those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall see God.” – Doc Meek

Doc Meek, Friday, August 27, 2010, at Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)
“What if you are smarter than you think?”
Learning Specialist https://docmeek.com

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“What are you grateful for today?” – Doc Meek

Thursday, August 26, 2010. Today I am grateful that I can have feelings of gratitude. I am grateful that I am able to smile at myself, and even laugh on occasion.

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“Calavin & Hobbs” laughter image from: http://natalieshell.com/2007/01/26/doctors-prescribe-laughter/

  1. Natalie Shell Says:
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    19th Century teaching of Rabbi Bunim, who said that each of us should walk with a slip of paper in our left and right pockets. One paper should contain the phrase from the Talmud, “All of heaven and earth was created for me.” On the other should be written Abraham’s refrain from Genesis: “I am but dust and ashes.”

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  2. Natalie Shell: think talk walk » Blog Archive » Perhaps it is time to REALLY laugh? Says:
    June 1st, 2007 at 5:21 pm […] to take it from me – all sorts of people including Buddha and that Doctor in India recommend [laughter]. Sholom Aliechem recommends it. And I believe there is a story of man who laughed himself to health from cancer […]
  3. “Thank you, Natalie Shell!” – Doc Meek ………………………………………………………………………

There was a time in my life when I was over-focused on problems, complaints, and difficulties, and did not understand that I had many things for which to be grateful.

I needed to learn to take myself less seriously and make my own happiness. I am still working on that.:o

My wife Jeannette has mastered the art of being happy, even in adverse circumstances, long ago. I have a long ways to go to catch up with her. I may never catch up! 😮

I am grateful for my wife Jeannette.

Here’s to self-involvement in our own learning about how to smile at ourselves, and even laugh at ourselves . . .  gently. 😮

Doc Meek, Thursday, August 26, 2010, at Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)
“What if you are smarter than you think?”
Learning Specialist https://docmeek.com

For brain health, ensure heart health (short video):
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More on heart health http://www.themeekteam.info
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USA: 3688 W 9800 S, #138, South Jordan, UT 84095

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Laughter lightens learning; gentle humor does too

Monday, August 9, 2010: Spent the night in the Big Horn Motel, at Dead Man’s Flats, near Canmore, Alberta, CANADA. The Rocky Mountains, for me, create humility–in the face of the mighty forces of nature that brought them forth– and gratitude–for their stunning grandeur.

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For some reason, staying at Dead Man’s Flats brought forth my sense of humor, despite the ghoulish name of the place, eh? 😮 How would you like to live in a place called Dead Man’s Flats? You would probably love it if the scenery was as beautiful and gratifying as it in this lovely place. 😮

This reminded me of how humor and laughter lighten learning, and open new learning channels of the brain. Parents and teachers who learn how to incorporate humor into everyday life at home and in the classroom enhance learning in the moment and help to create long-term interest in learning as well.

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful. ”  —Bob Hope (1903-2003)

Laughter even helps you have better health.

A healthier body = a healthier brain

“Laugh More To Live Longer,” by Dr. Michael Cutler on 07/04/2010

Are you feeling down… stressed… tense… or depressed? Does it seem like your spouse keeps stepping on your last nerve… and your coworkers were put on this earth to drive you crazy? Well, laugh it off and you’ll live a longer, healthier and more satisfying life according to recent studies.

Laughter has been shown to relax muscles, increase oxygen flow, promote circulation and reduce tension, as well as lower blood pressure, aid in social bonding, ease stress and boost your immune system. It can even help promote a healthier appetite in the elderly or disabled, and may even lower your cholesterol and reduce your heart disease risk.

A recent health report lists the following five benefits of a good sense of humor:

  • Most laughs involve exhaling deeply and when you exhale, your blood pressure and heart rate decrease, and you then experience a calmness and sense of relief indicates Dacher Keltner, Ph.D. professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.
  • You’ll be better able to bond with your spouse because those who laugh together to ease tension are much more likely to have better marriages according to John Gottman, Ph.D., a psychologist at the Gottman Institute.
  • According to researchers from the Loma Linda University in California, even anticipating a good laugh decreases your stress hormones dopac (by 38 percent), cortisol (by 39 percent) and epinephrine (by 70 percent).
  • In a study reported in the International Journal of Medical Sciences, those of us who enjoy chuckling as much as 10 to 25 times a day experience fewer diseases than those who laugh less than that amount.
  • A survey of close to 600 men shows that 73 percent believed that having a good sense of humor made them better on their jobs.

What better way to promote good health and great happiness than to laugh your way through life? Try it daily and you’ll find that laughter truly is the best medicine.

Article from:  http://www.healthiertalk.com/laugh-more-live-longer-2005

The author of the above guest article on THE LEARNING CLINIC WORLDWIDE blog is Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. 

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.

Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and the Founder and Editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients and is Medical Advisor for True Health™—America’s #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal. For more information visit www.truehealth.com. ……………………………………………………………………

Thanks Michael!

Doc Meek, Monday, August 9, 2010, in the Nose Hill Public Library, at Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

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J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)
“What if you are smarter than you think?”
Learning Specialist https://docmeek.com

For brain health, ensure heart health (short video):
http://www.amiraclemolecule.com/themeekteam
More on heart health http://www.themeekteam.info
Ph (801) 971-1812 (Jeannette); Fax [801] 282-6026

THE LEARNING CLINIC WORLDWIDE, INC.
CANADA: P.O. Box 3105, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T1
TONGA: Mele Taumoepeau, P.O. Box 60, Nuku’alofa
USA: 3688 W 9800 S, #138, South Jordan, UT 84095

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Brain nutrients: Sunlight, Oxygen, Laughter (SOL)

False fad of sunshine avoidance

“Sol” was the name the Romans used for the sun. This basic for life was worshiped by them.

We don’t need to worship the sun; we do need to stop avoiding it.

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A false fad–yes, false fad–has grown up in our culture in recent years. Some misleading and misguided “scientific studies” seemed to show that sunlight causes melanoma (serious form of skin cancer). Trouble is, most melanoma is on the body in unexposed areas, and the people with the most melanoma are in northern sun-starved climates and working in sunless indoor environments.

Worse, the commercial sunblock we have been told to slather on contains carcinogenic (cancer causing) ingredients. How’s that for utter irony, eh? Sure enough, as sun avoidance climbed, and sunblock sales climbed, so did skin cancer rates. Wow. Talk about being sold a bill of goods by “science.”

We could be using harmless substances, such as zinc oxide, to very effectively screen us from sunburn (which can be problematic, and can indeed tend towards possible skin cancer later). However, no one wants to slather on stuff that makes them look like a ghost or a whitewashed statue. Apparently there are some natural non-carcinogenic sunblocks. Not easy to find. Some could be fake “natural” maybe? 😮

So let’s get it straight, once and for all: sunlight does not cause cancer; sunburn can.

So let’s get out in the sunlight and fresh air and walk and talk and laugh as often as we can. And leave our glasses off. We’ll use a hat instead. We need “raw sunlight” (no glasses) to get the full health benefits of “fresh sunlight.”

(We simply have to remember not to stay out too long and get sunburned, OK?)

We can walk in the rain.

And leave our umbrellas behind. Just kidding. 😮

My recipe for good brain function?

A qualified environmental neurologist told me the other day that SOL directly affects for good 14 body systems and subsystems that we desperatively–that’s my word :o–need to function for good health. I believe him.

SOL? Sunlight, Oxygen, Laughter. 😮

Cheap, effective and right at hand, eh?

So let’s go get some SOL! 😮

Doc Meek, Friday, June 11, 2010

At Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA; not at South Jordan, Utah, USA

“If you laugh, you change . . . “

All learning involves change of some sort, and all change involves learning of some sort. As a learning specialist, I have always been intrigued by this mutuality. However I have not seen the following quotation until now.

“If you laugh – you change; and when you change – the world changes.” – Shilpa Shah

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This quotation reminded me of the famous book entitled Anatomy of an Illness by Norman Cousins. Published years ago now, Norman was the first person of which I am aware that first brought to my attention the healing powers of laughter.

In Anatomy of an Illness, Norman tells us of his chronic disease from which he could not seem to get any relief from pain. Wikipedia reports that he developed a recovery program incorporating megadoses of Vitamin C along with a positive attitude, love, faith, hope, and laughter induced by Marx Brothers films.

Norman reported: “I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter . . . would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep.”

What has laughter got to do with learning?

Laughter not only releases people from physical pain, it also releases people from emotional pain. Many students in classrooms and children in homes may be in emotional pain of which we may not even be aware. A steady hand on the rudder and a sense of humor as we sail on in life in the classroom and in the home (or in the workplace for that matter) can go far to ease the hidden emotional sore spots and pains.

In critical situations in the classroom or in the home, many a day has been saved by the teacher or the parent seeing the humor in the heat of turmoil, threat or anger. Many an explosive situation has been defused by the adult in the case resorting to humor instead of retaliation or force. This is not easy. With kindness aforethought, it is do-able.

Sometimes, even the student or the child can be the leader, can lead the adult  in seeing the humor that can lighten the load of both.

Of course humor and laughter responses in tough scenarios need to be thought about, practiced, and developed in advance. If we are open to humor and have done some thinking about it, and practicing with it in calm seas, it may arise and bail us out when we least expect it–and most need it–in rough seas.

If good humor and laughter are used as everyday things, practiced as part of the ordinary teaching-learning patterns in classrooms and in homes, they can make a huge difference in learning, both for students and teachers alike.

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.”  – Jean Houston

Humor knows no equal when it is used to respond to insults.

Abraham Lincoln [a man with an ugly visage, we are told] was called a “two-faced liar” in a very public forum. He paused a moment, took a deep breath, and responded:

“I submit to you . . .  if I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” The house roared with laughter and the danger was gone.

Blessings,

Doc Meek, May 24, 2010, at Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

P.S.  And finally, for teachers and parents who bear a heavy load, Abraham Lincoln lifts our burdens with these poignant words:

“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.”

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