Thursday, September 25, 2014

Numerology in Bible: 22 bones of the skull and 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet - From: Stillness in the Storm

Numerology in Bible: 22 bones of the skull and 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet
Source - Gnostic Warrior

In numerology, the number 22 is often called the Master Builder. The Phoenician-Hebrews possess 22 books, and their alphabet is made up of 22 letters, which was created to compose the Word of God. The word of God is called a lamp (Psalms 119:105, Proverbs 6:22), and the light by which we are to live. The word light is found 264 times in Scripture. When 264 is divided by the perfect number 12 (the 12 planets in the heavens), we have twenty-two, which represents the light.

22 is also the Number of Revelation. In the 22 chapter gospel of John, he identifies himself as the Alpha and Omega which would be the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet, Aleph and Tav. The Number 22 unites the entire body of Scripture and is also the numerical value for the Hebrew word Yachad, meaning unite. The word light is also repeated 22 times, and on the 22nd time, John quotes Jesus: “I have come as a light into the world . . .” (John 12:46).

The kabbalah teaches us that there are 22 paths between the Sephirot, and the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are the building blocks of universe. The underlying occult scientific significance of the number 22 in science would represent the bones of the skull, of which there are twenty-two. 8 form the cranium, or braincase, and 14 are associated with the face.

Our brains are what we use to think, reason and come to know the divine or God. The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet created to compose the Word of God is our 22 boned skull, and the place where we receive the light to become illuminated, or enlightened beings. Hence, to be like Saint John and have our own Revelation.

This number 22 is the gnostic Key to revelation in the Bible, where it is revealed in Isaiah 22.22: “And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.”





More facts on the number 22:

* 22 books in the Aaronic (Levitical) Old Testament, which is the light of God for Israel

* There are twenty-two generations from Adam to Jacob.

* When Moses raised up the tabernacle of God, there were exactly 22,000 Levites consecrated to serve.

* The 119th psalm is divided into 22 parts, designated by the names of the letters, aleph, beth, gimel, daleth &c.

* The 25th psalm contains 22 verses, each of which begins with a different letter of the alphabet, from aleph to tau.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

I Can Make Millions on the Fashion!!! By: Mary Morony

I interviewed a wonderful woman tonight on Soul Talk: The Author of the book: Apron Strings - Mary Morony.. before interviewing her as I always do I did some research on her and read this on her blog.  It made me ponder for just a bit.. thinking about the fact that as our fades change we are always out of reach from what is considered to be the elite or the "IN" thing to do. Making me realize that none of us can truly measure up so to speak based on the "fashion" ... so what makes us measure up? Being Authentic to who we are! being in the now of the moment and following  our own inner world that makes us happy! that's what makes us wonderful and that's what makes life an incredible journey... you can hear the interview I did with her at this link: Mary Morony Interview 

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Is it just me, or have you noticed too? Whatever the current body type is “the fashion” seems to be just out of reach of us mere mortals. I am not so sure that isn’t a good thing.

Back when food wasn’t so readily available to the masses “the fashion” was to be very corpulent. Then was a show of wealth to be so. Now that we have designed food to pack on the pounds, to get us really looking prosperous the fashion is ├╝ber thin to the point of looking a little “wormy.” Certainly not a condition a thinking person would strive to achieve, but it reminds me of cute boy I used to know.

As you know from Apron Strings, I love to hear a child’s point of view. More than a few years ago, I was taking my turn at car pool. The kids and I were chatting about inventions. One of my favorites offered up by a then ten year old was a diet pill. With a true capitalist’s gleam in his eye he said, “I can make millions!” I agreed that if you could actually get one to work you probably would make millions, but since he wasn’t a chemist how did he purpose to already have a formula? He said, “I’d put worm eggs in pills so that they got a good dose of worms. When they lost all of the weight they wanted to loose I’d worm them.”

Another scathing commentary from the mouth of babes, don’t you just love the way kids think?

Her website is: Mary Morony

Friday, August 08, 2014

7 Beautiful Lessons You Can Learn From “Failed” Relationships - From: Finer Minds

Lessons You Can Learn From "Failed" Relationships

Many believe that past relationships are a sign of failure or waste of time with the wrong person. Yes, relationships leave us with feelings of sorrow, uncertainty, and guilt, but there is much wisdom from these uncomfortable emotions. 

Instead of trying to understand “Why did it end?”, the real question is “What lessons am I meant to learn?” 

People are brought together, in relationships, to help us grow and evolve. Sometimes the purpose is to test you, teach you. Some will use you and others bring the best out in you. If your spiritual lessons are complete, the relationship will no longer serve your highest good, and your paths will naturally separate so you can continue growing.

I’ve spent much time looking at the past to find answers, only to find that we must focus on the lessons, not the mistakes, to move on gracefully and attract new relationships.

Here are 7 beautiful lessons we can only learn from past relationships:  

1. People don’t belong to you

I used to feel that when I was committed to someone, they belonged to me. I chose you, so you’re MY boyfriend! People are not possessions, they play certain roles in your life but ultimately, they are responsible for themselves. Setting healthy boundaries is necessary, but evaluate whether you’re placing limitations on another person due to insecurity, fear, or jealousy. Communicate and create boundaries from a space of trust, honoring the other, and self-love.

2. We all need “Me Time”

From a spiritual perspective, we are meant to grow individually and grow together in a relationship. To be successful in a relationship, each person needs space to embrace their uniqueness, and heal their flaws. It’s painful when you lose yourself in the process of loving another. Trust me, I know! Remember, you are special too! You each have your own life lessons and experiences which may not involve the other.  Honor the other’s life mission and allow space for your own passion and journey to unfold. Being in love with someone doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking hour with the person, have your identity merge into theirs,and forget about your own dreams and aspirations. Finding love means making the most of the moments you have together, while honoring the time you spend apart doing the things that make you feel alive.

3. You complete yourself. Period.

Jerry McGuire screwed up our sense of relationships with the “You complete me.” junk. We are setting ourselves for co-dependency issues if we are seeking to find validation and love from a source outside ourselves. We complete ourselves! In the past, I needed a man to validate me, and my self-worth deteriorated when I wasn’t in a relationship.
By believing we are searching for the one to complete us, we are giving our power away, and our happiness is at the mercy of another.  You have to love, honor and respect yourself in order to set that standard for others to do the same. If you aren’t happy with yourself inside, you won’t find that happiness in a relationship either. You have to cultivate self-love and happiness in your life first, before you can share it with another.

4. You can only change yourself, so stop trying.

Don’t fool yourself to believing you will transform your boyfriend into YOUR Mr. Right if you work on his temper, if he loses 10 lbs, or he becomes more ambitious. Sure, we can motivate others by our example, but forcing someone to change is not honoring the other person’s free will.
Be in a relationship with a person for who they are right now. If you still want them to change, ask yourself why you are in the relationship to begin with?  The only constant in life is change. People grow when they feel the internal desire to make a shift. Being forced to change is temporary and can give rise to feelings of resentment. If you find that you don’t like when your boyfriend has a short temper, then change the way you react to the situation. Respond from a space of calm. When you shift your energy, the other will automatically feel your change. People are motivated to change by the example you lead, not the words you speak.

5. The “lust” period doesn’t last forever. 

Understanding the difference between love and lust allows us to be prepared when the real deal arrives. Butterflies in the stomach, dressing to impress, texting and talking for hours a night – these are all signs of lust. These things usually fade and love will take place. Love is about accepting an imperfect being and loving them for their flaws. It’s about being authentic and sharing your flaws openly without fear of being judged. Love grows in a place that vulnerability is cultivated. When you can share the good, bad, and the ugly with someone and trust that they will support you through your challenges and good times, that is when a relationship creates love.

6. Some relationships are simply here to teach us how to gracefully let go.  

Letting go gracefully, with complete forgiveness and love for the other person requires understanding and self-forgiveness. There are certain relationships that are brought to us not as the happily ever after, but to teach you how to honorably let go and grieve the loss of a relationship.  Letting go is a powerful lesson we all face. We don’t’ take our current baggage to future relationships when we give ourselves time to fully grieve.

7. Relationships are a direct reflection of the relationship we have with ourselves.

In relationships, when we find ourselves triggered or reactive, we haven’t gone inside to heal our fears and anxieties and miss the opportunity to convey love. When we recognize our responsibility in the situation, we can then make an empowered choice to heal our past and shift to more loving perceptions.  The more we act from our higher self, the more self-love we cultivate. It is from this internal space of abundance that we are able to freely share and receive love to transform our relationships.
Every past mistake is an opportunity, to do the inner work, to heal our soul and connect more meaningfully in all our relationships. After going inside and surrendering fears in meditation, you can bring your higher self forward in each future relationship. Practice that real connection where you act, speak and love from your higher self and love will be returned to you.

We put so much emphasis and importance on first kiss, first crush and first boyfriend. Yes, firsts are important, but in the realm of relationships, it’s the last person that matters. All your past relationships helped you grow, and the last one ended your search to find your soul mate.

Tejal Patel is former divorce attorney turned children’s yoga teacher, spiritual counselor and aspiring author. She is passionate about teaching children the gifts of yoga and mindfulness, and she empowers adults, through her weekly VLOGS and spiritual seekers coaching to live consciously, spread love and create peace in their life to empower children to do the same.



Source: Finer Minds 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Why not you!?!?

Recently I went and saw a good friend of mine graduate from college, as the president of the college spoke he made the announcement, the youngest student graduating was 17 years old and the oldest was 72 years old. A significant difference in age!  That in itself was inspiring!


What really inspired me though, was one of the student speakers who told the story about how prior to him attending college he had, had 85 jobs, making him move to over five states, he was fired at many of these jobs and had been advised that he had a “CHIP” on his shoulder (in short a bad attitude). What was inspiring about this speaker was when he explained, his experience, as he went to college and as a result of his hard work to get good grades he was invited to be in Honors College…

The nature of his message was this… Why not YOU!?!?! 

This young man remembered the feedback he was given about having a chip on his shoulders and used that feedback to motivate himself. He also asked himself the question: Why not me?!?! This very question landed him an internship at NASA as well as many other exciting new opportunities in his life. Because as he asked himself this question he opened himself up to the possibility that what he wanted could really happen.
I smiled big as this young graduate inspired me. All my life I have asked myself the question of why me not me!?! I have pushed myself when others thought I could not do something. The truth is there is nothing we cannot do! NOTHING! All it takes is 20 seconds of courage or a leap of faith. What would your life be like if every day you faced something that scared you, what would it be like if you pushed yourself beyond your limits? Where would you be if you pulled together just enough bravery to break the status quo to break the rules and be the most authentic you that you could possibly be?

This is what it required of you in order to live a purposeful life full of joy and happiness. To “DARE” a little, to let loose a little! To take a risk to be a bit “WEIRD” to allow yourself to be FREE!

The “CHIP” on his shoulders was a “CHIP” I had on my shoulders for many years and this chip is on a lot of our shoulders, something we all at some level go through as we develop into adulthood, as we grow wiser. I thought to myself the journey I had been through as I had gone through my teens, twenties and thirties…Thinking of all the times I felt I was not loved, or accepted. Thinking of the journey I had when I didn’t think I was not good enough until I started asking myself: Why not me?



So where does this “CHIP” come from you ask? Well the story behind how it is created can be different but the core to all of it is FEAR… What do we fear? My friends it is as simple as; fear of success, we fear not succeeding, we fear maybe what everyone else has said is true.. we just fear to be afraid!

In our world we can either be in the flow or out of flow.  A good friend of mine says: “You are either IN or you are OUT!” So basically you are either in the flow of the universe or you are in resistance to it.

When you ask yourself “Why not me?” you automatically put yourself into flow with the universe and by asking, you allow the infinite possibilities to work through you.

So how do I get myself into the mindset of “Why not me?” well it takes practice! When in doubt then you practice even more. I will also lay out a few things to think about, which by no means is a checklist for you to follow. It is very important for you to allow yourself to go with what you feel. This is just meant to help you with a reference point.

1. Allow yourself to take a risk (maybe fall down a few times and get a few bruises)
      2. Be Gentle with yourself (Hey buddy! It’s okay to screw up on occasion, so giggle with yourself instead of yelling at yourself)
      3. Be okay with the fact that you might not have any idea where you are going for a very long time!
.     4. When you finally get a clear idea, then start setting clear intentions, however… it takes life to help you formulate dreams (dream ideas don’t just happen by sitting on your couch you know!)
      5. Get up and ACT! It is vital to ACT! The universe does not move by sitting.. it does not move from you waiting! (what are you waiting for? The man to land on the moon? Oh wait already happened! And you are still sitting there! 
      6. My friends LIVE! JUST LIVE! And then BE.. so this is a loving suggestion Live, Be, Live be…. You go out and live and then sit in stillness to assimilate…  J so then you are in a constant state of experience and processing…
      
      Ask yourself the question to whatever it is you want to do. Why not you? Now go out and act on it!







Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

YES! It's apparent when you realize your life has switched from one state of mind to another.. Some call this a PARADIGM SHIFT...

We can use this article as a way to "SELF ASSESS" ourselves and see where we can become more "SELF AWARE" ... Notice I am focusing on Assessment and Awareness.. Not Criticism or damaging self talk... We begin to change our minds on how we feel about ourselves in the world when we change our inner world and Self Talk...

Take a look at this article and see where you are and where you can expand your awareness...

Jeremy





Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.

In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill your life with as many pleasures as you can, the life of engagement, where you find a life in your work, parenting, love and leisure and themeaningful life, which "consists of knowing what your highest strengths are, and using them to belong to and in the service of something larger than you are."

After exploring what accounts for ultimate satisfaction, Seligman says he was surprised. The pursuit of pleasure, research determined, has hardly any contribution to a lasting fulfillment. Instead, pleasure is "the whipped cream and the cherry" that adds a certain sweetness to satisfactory lives founded by the simultaneous pursuit of meaning and engagement.

And while it might sound like a big feat to to tackle great concepts like meaning and engagement (pleasure sounded much more doable), happy people have habits you can introduce into your everyday life that may add to the bigger picture of bliss. Joyful folk have certain inclinations that add to their pursuit of meaning -- and motivate them along the way.

They surround themselves with other happy people.
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Joy is contagious. Researchers of the Framingham Heart Study who investigated the spread of happiness over 20 years found that those who are surrounded by happy people “are more likely to become happy in the future.” This is reason enough to dump the Debbie Downers and spend more time with uplifting people.

They smile when they mean it.
Even if you’re not feeling so chipper, cultivating a happy thought -- and then smiling about it -- could up your happiness levels and make you more productive, according to a study published in the Academy of Management Journal. It’s important to be genuine with your grin: The study revealed that faking a smile while experiencing negative emotions could actually worsen your mood.

They cultivate resilience.
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According to psychologist Peter Kramer, resilience, not happiness, is the opposite of depression: Happy people know how to bounce back from failure. Resilience is like a padding for the inevitable hardship human beings are bound to face. As the Japanese proverb goes, “Fall seven times and stand up eight.”
They try to be happy.
Yep -- it’s as simple as it sounds: just trying to be happy can boost your emotional well-being, according to two studies recently published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. Those who actively tried to feel happier in the studies reported the highest level of positive moods, making a case for thinking yourself happy.

They are mindful of the good.
It’s important to celebrate great, hard-earned accomplishments, but happy people give attention to their smaller victories, too. “When we take time to notice the things that go right -- it means we’re getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day,” Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D. told The Huffington Post in May. “That can help with our moods.” And, as Frank Ghinassi, Ph.D. explains, being mindful of the things that do go your way (even something as simple as the barista getting your coffee order right) can make you feel a greater sense of accomplishment throughout the day.

They appreciate simple pleasures.
A meticulously swirled ice cream cone. An boundlessly waggy dog. Happy people take the time to appreciate these easy-to-come-by pleasures. Finding meaning in the little things, and practicing gratitude for all that you do have is associated with a sense of overall gladness.

They devote some of their time to giving.
Even though there are only 24 hours in a day, positive people fill some of that time doing good for others, which in return, does some good for the do-gooders themselves. A long-term research project called Americans’ Changing Lives found a bevy of benefits associated with altruism: “Volunteer work was good for both mental and physical health. People of all ages who volunteered were happier and experienced better physical health and less depression,” reported Peggy Thoits, the leader of one of the studies.

Givers also experience what researchers call “the helper’s high,” a euphoric state experienced by those engaged in charitable acts. “This is probably a literal “high,” similar to a drug-induced high,” writes Christine L. Carter, Ph.D. “The act of making a financial donation triggers the reward center in our brains that is responsible for dopamine-mediated euphoria.”

They let themselves lose track of time. (And sometimes they can’t help it.)
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When you’re immersed in an activity that is simultaneously challenging, invigorating and meaningful, you experience a joyful state called “flow.” Happy people seek this sensation of getting “caught up” or “carried away,” which diminishes self-consciousness and promotes the feelings associated with success. As explained by Pursuit-of-happiness.org, “In order for a Flow state to occur, you must see the activity as voluntary, enjoyable (intrinsically motivating), and it must require skill and be challenging (but not too challenging) with clear goals towards success.”

They nix the small talk for deeper conversation.
Nothing wrong with shootin' the you-know-what every now and then, but sitting down to talk about what makes you tick is a prime practice for feeling good about life.A study published in Psychological Science found that those who take part in more substantive conversation and less trivial chit chat experienced more feelings of satisfaction.

"I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings," is one of the top five regrets of the dying -- a sentiment that hints at the fact that people wish they'd spent less time talking about the weather and more time delving into what it is that makes their heart swell.
They spend money on other people. 
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Maybe money does buy happiness. A study published in Science found that spending money on other people has a more direct impact on happiness than spending money on oneself.

They make a point to listen.
"When you listen you open up your ability to take in more knowledge versus blocking the world with your words or your distracting thoughts," writes David Mezzapelle, author of Contagious Optimism. "You are also demonstrating confidence and respect for others. Knowledge and confidence is proof that you are secure and positive with yourself thus radiating positive energy." Good listening is a skill that strengthens relationships and leads to more satisfying experiences. A good listener may walk away from a conversation feeling as if their presence served a purpose, an experience that isclosely connected with increased well-being.

They uphold in-person connections.
It’s quick and convenient to text, FaceTime and tweet at your buddies. But spending the money on a flight to see your favorite person across the country has weight when it comes to your well-being. "There's a deep need to have a sense of belonging that comes with having personal interactions with friends," says John Cacioppo, Ph.D., the director of the Center of Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Social media, while it keeps us in touch, doesn't allow us to physically touch, which harvests the warm-and-fuzzies and even decreases feelings of anxiety.
They look on the bright side.



Optimism touts plenty of health benefits, including less stress, a better tolerance for pain and, as HuffPost Healthy Living recently reported, longevity among those with heart disease. When you choose to see the silver lining, you're also choosing health and happiness.

Seligman summed up perhaps the greatest characteristic of the optimist in one of his most acclaimed books, Learned Optimism:
The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe bad events will last a long time, will undermine everything they do, and are their own fault. The optimists, who are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world, think about misfortune in the opposite way. They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to this one case. The optimists believe defeat is not their fault: Circumstances, bad luck, or other people brought it about. Such people are unfazed by defeat. Confronted by a bad situation, they perceive it as a challenge and try harder.
They value a good mixtape.
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Music is powerful. So powerful, in fact, that it could match up to the anxiety-reducing effects of massage therapy. Over a three month period, researchers from the Group Health Research Institute found that patients who simply listened to music had the same decreased anxiety symptoms as those who got 10 hour-long massages. Choosing the right tunes could be an important factor, however, as a happy or sad song can also affect the way we perceive the world. In one experiment where researchers asked subjects to identify happy or sad faces while listening to music, the participants were more likely to see the faces that matched the "mood" of the music.Click here for a few of our favorite mood-boosting jams.

They unplug.
Whether by meditating, taking a few deep breaths away from the screen ordeliberately disconnecting from electronics, unplugging from our hyper-connected world has proven advantages when it comes to happiness. Talking on your cell could increase your blood pressure and raise your stress levels, while uninterrupted screen time has been linked to depression and fatigue. Technology isn't going away, but partaking in some kind of a digital detox gives your brain the opportunity to recharge and recover, which -- bonus -- could increase your resilience.

They get spiritual.
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Studies point to a link between religious and spiritual practice and mirth. For one, happiness habits like expressing gratitude, compassion and charity are generally promoted in most spiritual conventions. And, asking the big questions helps to give our lives context and meaning. A 2009 study found that children who felt their lives had a purpose (which was promoted by a spiritual connection) were happier.

Spirituality offers what the 20th-century sociologist Emile Durkheim referred to as "sacred time," which is a built-in, unplugging ritual that elicits moments of reflection and calm. As Ellen L. Idler, Ph.D., writes in "The Psychological and Physical Benefits of Spiritual/Religious Practices,":
The experience of sacred time provides a time apart from the “profane time” that we live most of our lives in. A daily period of meditation, a weekly practice of lighting Sabbath candles, or attending worship services, or an annual retreat in an isolated, quiet place of solitude all of these are examples of setting time apart from the rush of our everyday lives. Periods of rest and respite from work and the demands of daily life serve to reduce stress, a fundamental cause of chronic diseases that is still the primary causes of death in Western society. Transcendent spiritual and religious experiences have a positive, healing, restorative effect, especially if they are “built in,” so to speak, to one’s daily, weekly, seasonal, and annual cycles of living
They make exercise a priority.
A wise, albeit fictional Harvard Law School student once said, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." Exercise has been shown to ease symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress, thanks to the the various brain chemicals that are released that amplify feelings of happiness and relaxation. Plus, working out makes us appreciate our bodies more. One study published in the Journal of Health Psychology found that exercise improved how people felt about their bodies -- even if they didn’t lose weight or achieve noticeable improvements.
They go outside.
Want to feel alive? Just a 20-minute dose of fresh air promotes a sense of vitality, according to several studies published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. "Nature is fuel for the soul, " says Richard Ryan, Ph.D, the lead author of the studies. "Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature." And while most of us like our coffee hot, we may prefer our serving of the great outdoors at a more lukewarm temperature: A study on weather and individual happiness unveiled 57 degrees to be the optimal temperature for optimal happiness.
They spend some time on the pillow.
177590254Waking up on the wrong side of the bed isn't just a myth. When you're running low on zzs, you're prone to experience lack of clarity, bad moods and poor judgment. "A good night's sleep can really help a moody person decrease their anxiety," Dr. Raymonde Jean, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center told Health.com. "You get more emotional stability with good sleep."
They LOL.


You've heard it before: Laughter is the best medicine. In the case of The Blues, this may hold some truth. A good, old-fashioned chuckle releases happy brain chemicalsthat, other than providing the exuberant buzz we seek, make humans better equipped to tolerate both pain and stress.

And you might be able to get away with counting a joke-swapping session as a workout (maybe). "The body's response to repetitive laughter is similar to the effect of repetitive exercise," explained Dr. Lee Berk, the lead researcher of a 2010 study focused on laughter's effects on the body. The same study found that some of the benefits associated with working out, like a healthy immune system, controlled appetite and improved cholesterol can also be achieved through laughter.
They walk the walk.


Ever notice your joyful friends have a certain spring in the step? It's all about the stride, according to research conducted by Sara Snodgrass, a psychologist from Florida Atlantic University.

In the experiment, Snodgrass asked participants to take a three-minute walk. Half of the walkers were told to take long strides while swinging their arms and holding their heads high. These walkers reported feeling happier after the stroll than the other group, who took short, shuffled steps as they watched their feet.