Laughter . . . The Best Medicine

Feb 8th

What a beautiful day!  I am still waiting for the predicted snow.  We had to cancel our trip because it is supposed to snow quite a bit where my son is, and that will impact his work and commute schedule.  Sometimes plans just don’t work out, and I admit that I am pretty disappointed.  I was going to get to spend the whole day with my beautiful daughter-in-law . . . hopefully we can reschedule another day very soon!  Let’s see what celebrations are on the schedule for this gorgeous Saturday to make up for the canceled plans!

Boy Scout Day  – Today is the birthday of Scouting in America.  The incorporation papers for the Boy Scouts of America were filed on February 8, 1910 by Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce.  To this day scouting groups across the country celebrate today, often wit a cake at their weekly meeting, or on a camp out.  On Scout Sunday, the Sunday nearest the 8th of February, there will often be a church service, followed by a pancake breakfast.  Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts teach life skills and values for millions of boys and has been popular since Lord Baden-Powell founded Boy Scouts in the early 1900s in Great Britain.  The top award of Eagle Scout is an accomplishment that brings recognition, rewards and benefits for a young man throughout his life.  It was interesting to read that in 2004 there were 3,145,331 boys in the scouting program, and 1,173,064 scout leaders.  Lord Baden Powell published the first scouting manual, Scouting for Boys in 1907.  His wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, founded the Girl Guides – but that is a different celebration for a different day.

Kite Flying Day – A day to celebrate flying kites is awesome, but I have to wonder why the middle of winter was the time of year the originator of this day decided to celebrate.  People have enjoyed flying kits for thousands of years and is an always popular activity for both children and adults. . . . but February? Brrrr!  I’m fairly certain that the folks dealing with snow and ice are not thinking about heading out to fly a kite today!  Heck, our sky is blue and the sun is shining, but I’m not wanting to put on my stuff an go fly a kite!  I am guessing that the folks in the warmer parts of the country will be more likely to celebrate this one today . . . I think I’ll wait  until later on in the year. Did you know that kites were first used by the military in ancient China over 3,000 years ago?  I didn’t either! 

Laugh and Get Rich Day –  We’ve always heard that laughter is the best medicine.  Laughter carries the power of happiness!  According to retail author and speaker Rick Segel, “People who laugh are more effective and tend to remember things better”.  Well, if that is the case I should have the memory of an elephant!  It was suggested by Norman Cousins in the 1970s, as reported by the American Physiological Society, that humor and the associated laughter it brings, can benefit a persons health.  In 1995, Madan Kataria, after studying many modern scientific studies that described in depth the many proven benefits of laughter on the human mind and body, started Laughter Yoga.  It started as a small club, and now there are laughter yoga clubs in more than 60 countries.  To me, laughter has always been a part of my life.  My family laughs easily and have always teased each other and made each other laugh.  I remember sitting in my Grandma K’s kitchen – if I close my eyes I can picture her, sitting there with her apron tied around her waist, one hand over her mouth, the other in front of her, holding her stomach, tears streaming down her face as she laughed til she could barely breathe.  The rest of us were standing around laughing just as hard, and the moment we’d start to calm down, we’d think about why we were laughing – which honestly none of us could remember any more – and that would set us off again.  There was always laughter when we were with my Grandma, and we left her house feeling happy, uplifted and healed from any hurts or frustrations we may have been feeling.  I guess I can tell you today, have a good laugh!  It will relieve some stress and make you feel wonderful. 

This Day in History

1910 – The Boy Scouts were founded.

Food Celebration of the Day –

National Molasses Bar Day – When was the last time you appreciated the simple flavors of an old-fashioned molasses dessert?  (I personally have NEVER had an old fashioned molasses dessert but I do love molasses!)  Check out these recipes from and see if there’s something that looks good to you!  I honestly can say that those cornmeal molasses skillet rolls look delicious!

Molasses Hermit Bars
Apple Molasses Bread
Chewy Molasses Cookies
Ginger Molasses Cookies
Cornmeal Molasses Skillet Rolls
Dipped Gingersnaps
Oatmeal Molasses Drop Cookies

Sorry for the last post.  I had to run to the post office this morning before they closed and it put me behind.  Of course, sleeping in took up some time too! Have a wonderful Saturday and keep your fingers crossed that we get some snow!  I hate to miss out on our original plans and not end up getting snow!  That would just be wrong! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!


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