Comedian’s Take on Love and Marriage Through Laughter

Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and antibodies, which improves your resistance to disease.  With Valentines Day approaching, we at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie, thought we’d share thoughts about love and marriage through the words of comedians.

“Marry a man your own age; as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.”  Phyllis Diller

“Marriage has no guarantees.  If that’s what you are looking for, go live with a car battery.”  Erma Bombeck

“Love is a lot like a backache.  It doesn’t show up on x-rays, but you know it’s there.”  George Bruns

“I was married by a judge.  I should have asked for a jury.”  Groucho Marx

“My wife gets all the money I make.  I just get an apple and clean clothes every morning.”  Ray Romano

“Marriage is very much like a violin; after the sweet music is over, the strings are attached.”  Anon.

“In my house I’m the boss, my wife is just the decision maker.” Woody Allen

“I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Isn’t “I do” is the longest one?” George Carlin

“I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.” –Sigmund Freud

“A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes in it.” Anon.

Singing has a wide range of physical benefits, relieves stress and even helps you sleep better.  For years, scientists have been studying the therapeutic effects of music.  Even the simple act of listening to music has been shown to reduce anxiety, such as during a hospital stay.  Yet, research shows that actively participating in music by singing has even bigger health rewards.

Singing can be a form of aerobic exercise.  As you breathe in and out, you increase your lung capacity and strengthen your diaphragm and abdominal muscles.  Singing also improves posture and coordination, which lowers the risk of falls.

Your body releases endorphins when you sing, which not only reduces stress, but also relieves physical pain.

Circulation is stimulated and antibodies that boost the immune system increase when singing.  Even though you may not feel like singing when you have a cold, the act can clear your sinuses.  Regular singing protects your vocal cords as well.

Additional significant benefits for seniors have been found when singing.  Singing stimulates the brain, enhances memory function, concentration, alertness and speech.  Music is commonly used to encourage reminiscing; a familiar song can bring back memories and spark conversations about the past.

No matter what you sound like, singing is good for you!

Both looking and feeling young, starts with healthy skin.  There are many foods containing anti-aging properties which are both easy and delicious.

Avocado:  Moisturizing vitamin E is abundant in the Avocado. It protects against harmful ultraviolet rays and reduced free radicals which are the particles in the skin that damages skin cells.

Carrots:  There is more than crunch to this vegetable.  It is an excellent source of vitamin A which promotes cell growth and is good for your skin.

Salmon:  The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and other fatty fish, such as tuna and sardines, can repress the growth of tumors, protecting you from skin cancer.  The fatty acids reduce dryness and keeps skin smooth and soft.

Strawberries:  Ellagic acid, found in strawberries, is believed to promote skin elasticity and fight sagging.  It also contains high amounts of vitamin c which is known to ward off wrinkles and dry skin.

Tomatoes:  High levels of lycopene found in tomatoes promotes smoother skin and protects against sunburn.

Soy:   Tofu, edamame and soy milk are abundant in isoflavones, which helps prevent collagen breakdown, causing firmer skin and fewer wrinkles.

With heart disease being the number one cause of death in America, it’s important to educate yourself about the choices you make to protect your heart health.

1. Heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

2. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease and can cause a heart attack, heart failure and arrhythmia.

3.  To prevent heart disease, it is crucial to maintain a healthy weight and get enough exercise.

4.  Important items to manage include: limiting alcohol usage, not smoking, managing blood pressure and maintaining low cholesterol.

5.  People of all ages are affected by heart disease, yet the risk increases as you grow older. Be aware of heart attack signs and carefully follow instructions regarding any medications.

6.  Diet is a major component in the prevention of heart disease.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains and limiting sodium helps maintain low blood pressure and cholesterol.  It also contributes to weight loss.