Oh how I loved the way my granddaughter, Lanie, described her day having a tea party with me. You may imagine this tea party chat is entirely too simplistic for your intellectual mind. But hang on, ‘cause you might decide you need one…a tea party, that is. How to Have a Tea Party: Told by Four Year Old Lanie
1. Go outside in the summer at Na-na’s house.
2. Make M & M cookies
3. Bring cups and plates and have to get the big thing on the inside of the cabinet door.
4. Put juice in the teacups.
5. Take a picture when Papa gets here.
6. Put cookies on a big plate.
7. Then you have a tea party.
8. That’s it! So that’s it for the tea party. That’s a lot isn’t it?
Oh, she is a cutie-pie!
I guess all grandmothers feel this way about their granddaughter. I’m definitely no exception. She is the sweetest thing ever.
Awh…a brief 20 minutes yet it brought such joy and laughter to Lanie. I giggled too the whole way through the event mostly because watching Lanie brought such delight.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad. Psalm 126:2-3 (NKJV)
Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D, an expert in laughter therapy, writes “Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused and alert.”
A merry heart does good like medicine. Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)
In her article Laughter Is Not Only Medicine, It’s a Management Tool, Lynne F. McGee says that laughter, “reduces stress, encourages creative problem solving…and is a very effective way of building relationships.” But laughter isn’t only medicine for our emotional/social heath. According to Dr. Avery Henderson it also has a physical effect. “The Human Body’s Immune System is strengthened by Positive Emotions of Humor and Resultant Laughter. Laughter:
· Counteracts panic.
· Relieves depression which itself inhibits the production of disease-fighting cells.
· Increases the number of immune cells in the body, introducing cells that fight some kinds of cancer.
· Increases the secretions of catecholamines and endorphins.
· Decreases cortisol secretion.”
So why don’t we do it… you know, laugh more? Too much work. The never-ending to-do list…schedules…appointments… laundry…bills to keep up with…meals to fix… Awh, that’s the culprit. The excuse. No time for laughter.
Our culture screams of busyness. We are driven to accomplish, prosper, and even brag about our 18 hour work day. Because, after all, long work days make us important people! So we work hard. Often I make such a big deal about being productive, well-planned and organized. Stick to the schedule kind of woman. Get things done!
If we really want to get things done…creatively and efficiently, then we need to invest in a few minutes of laughter. Your never-ending “to-do” list will always beckon you. Today find 20 minutes…just 20 minutes…to laugh…doing something you enjoy. Be determined to do it. Schedule your “tea party” on your calendar. …
There is a time to laugh. Ecclesiastes 3:4 (NKJV)
Heart skipping… tickled pink…fun and laughter. Do it.
And since 15 minutes of laughing can burn up to 40 calories, you can really enjoy your cookies. Enjoy a moment…enjoy this day. Enjoy–ENJOY
This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)