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September Message

I hope you have enjoyed our summer!

Laughter is important in our everyday lives. It makes us healthy and happy. The following report is from The Week magazine: “Laughter is good for your health—and now scientists know why. Researchers at the University of Maryland found that when 20 healthy volunteers smiled and guffawed while watching the comedy, Kingpin, their blood flow increased by 22 percent, about the same increase caused by aerobic exercise. But when volunteers watched tension-filled scenes from Saving Private Ryan, their blood flow decreased 35 percent.

The ability to laugh at ourselves is equally important.

“If you look around at the happiest and most loving relationships, you almost always notice that both people have the ability to laugh at themselves. It’s quiet remarkable to observe what happens to a potentially heated interaction when someone is able to keep their sense of humor. In most cases, the situation is diffused and simply melts away.”

– Richard Carlson

So let’s take a moment to enjoy each other and ourselves and laugh at any and every opportunity. Sometimes we take each other and ourselves too seriously. We all have our quirks and eccentricities and we are a better, diversified community because of them.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

– King Soloman, Bible

Please enjoy the month! I hope to see you at our Family BBQ!


Kensington Sierra Madre Executive Director CC Degraff headshot

CC DeGraff