We all know that laughter makes us feel good but did you know that laughter is actually healthy and awesome FOR you. Here is some pretty cool facts about laughter:
-If you laugh 100 times a day, you get as much exercise as you would from 10 minutes of rowing
-German psychologist, Dr. Michael Titze found that in the 50s people laughed about 18 minutes a day but unfortunately today that number is down to 4-6 minutes.
-Laughter releases endorphins similar to endorphins released during “jogger’s high”…these endorphins make you happy.
-According to a study at University of Chicago, laughter can add 8 years to your life!
So hope you all got a good laugh in today. If you didn’t, crack a joke with your friends, watch a funny movie or TV show, find something that makes you laugh. The famous Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Keep on laughing and smiling.
I personally don’t follow the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show as avidly as most kids at my school do. I’m not against it or anything, but I’m just not too fascinated by it. A lot of you probably expect me to be someone who picket protests it and its unrealistic expectations of women’s bodies. But that’s not the case by any means.
I think it’s fun. I’ve only seen one of the annual shows, but it was a bunch of really gorgeous women having fun on stage, parading around what their mommas gave them. If they have the confidence and ability to do that, all the power to them!!
Yes, it bothers me that they only use a certain perfect plastic body type for their models. And yes, it bothers me that millions of girls are glued to their TV screens each year, praying to wake up the next morning with a certain skinny mini body type.
So, if you’re a fan, enjoy the show tonight. Just see it as it’s supposed to be seen: FUN. Love yourself. You are all beautiful enough to rock some sexy lingerie, I promise!
Interesting article for all those male (or female if you so desire) readers
To Be Edward
Does Twilight set an unreasonable standard for men?
By Ted Cox
As much as it pains me,
I admit I have seen the Twilight movie. In my defense, I didn’t want to see it, but my four younger teenage sisters were bugging me to go for family bonding time (that, and I was still in trouble for picking Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for the last family-movie outing).
In case you have been living in a hole for the past months, Twilight is based off of author Stephenie Meyer’s novel of the same name. The story follows Bella, a clumsy, unpopular teenage girl who tries to manage an awkward relationship with her mustachioed father while she adjusts to life in a new town. Soon after starting at her new high school, Bella falls madly in love with Edward, a vampire who has been undead for “a while.” (The poor guy. Life must get pretty monotonous after a few hundred years.)
My sisters, like so many teenage girls, went gaga whenever the hunky, pasty Edward and his male-model coif appeared on-screen. Edward is inhumanly gorgeous, inhumanly strong, holds several medical degrees, plays concert piano, drives a shiny car, is filthy rich and, most importantly, is instantly and uncontrollably attracted to Bella.
It’s not hard to see why Twilight has become so popular. The story probably resonates with young women who feel they aren’t particularly pretty, smart, talented or loveable. Twilight is the movie version of a common teenage fantasy: The hot, rich guy falls madly in love with the unpopular klutz.
I guess that means Twilight is pornography for young women. While porn for men takes normal, everyday guys and pairs them with idealized women, Twilight flips the formula around: Bella is the everyday teenage girl who ends up with the idealized man.
When women are idealized in the media, it’s called sexism, objectification or misogyny. But when men are idealized, it’s called a blockbuster. One blogger at Feministing.com cried foul over Bella needing a man to fulfill her life. The same writer didn’t mention anything about the story holding men up to impossible standards.
Science is only recently exploring how films negatively impact the perceptions of women. Last month, scientists at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, released a study suggesting that romantic comedies can “spoil your love life.” Fans of movies like You’ve Got Mail and Runaway Bride were more likely to believe in unhealthy ideas like predestined love, fate and destiny, and that it’s not necessary for partners to verbally express love for each other.
It seems that just as pornography can fill men with unrealistic expectations about women, films likeTwilight can give women unrealistic expectations about men.
Unhealthy, unrealistic expectations in the media affect all of us. To achieve true gender equality, unfair portrayals of men need to receive attention and criticism.
After all, if my sisters are hoping for an Edward to come along and sweep them off of their feet, they’re going to be sorely disappointed.
“It’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… and then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid, little life…”—American Beauty
Some of you may have noticed the new little “donate” button on the sidebar of our page. We wanted to let you know that with the holiday season coming around, we are all CRAZY busy and don’t have time to sell more bracelets (for now!!).
Don’t worry, the bracelets will be back once we process orders that we’ve already accepted and regained out sanities in general.
Please find it in your hearts to donate… even $1 makes a difference!
Tomorrow morning, when you wake up. Before you brush your hair or splash water on your face, put your hair behind your ears and look in the mirror. Look at yourself in your eyes and tell yourself how beautiful you are. We all need to be able to embrace who we are, and if we tell ourselves this message every morning, things will just be so much better.
I don’t know how to submit a photo, but I hope this works:)
Your blog is the most inspirational thing I have ever seen! This has been the hardest six months in the world, and I havent had the best state of mind. But you make me feel almost comfortable about being a size 11, instead of a size 0. In this picture I am eating coco puffs:) And infront of a guy… Not something I would have done six months ago!
I love you guys, stay beautiful <3
We are so proud of you! Take a stand, eat whatever the hell you want in front of whomever the hell you want. Your eyes are so expressive… your hair is so beautiful! xoxoxo