Posts Tagged 'humor and nurses'
“I believe that everyone has a sense of humor. In some of this, that sense of humor was nourished and supported by our families. In others, that may not be the case.” Mary Kay Morrison is an expert on humor and education, and was recently the co-chair of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor’s wildly successful conference, The Biology of Hope. “I like to compare developing your sense of humor with physical fitness: it’s something we have to work at until it becomes so natural it’s an everyday part of our lives.” (more…)
May is, for many nurses, the most wonderful month of the year. After all, this is the month where we celebrate a holiday that not everyone can appreciate — only those of us who have gone through or been close to someone who’s undergone a truly transformational experience; the sort of life journey that makes you really look at who you are, contemplating with shock changes you didn’t even know your body was capable of making.
I’m talking, of course, of National Fungal Infection Awareness Month! Here at the JNJ headquarters, we’re already decorated and stocked up for the non-stop round of parties that marks this special time of year. If we knew who’d founded this celebration, we’d absolutely invite him over — he’s likely a fun guy!
Yes, May means mirth and mirth means many things. Being willing to be surprised by the unexpected, to look at experiences from a different angle, to groan in company at a colleague’s bad puns - all of these are demonstrations of you being open to the joy and laughs the universe has to offer. (more…)
Over the years I have written several books each containing many anecdotes about my family and in particular my grandmother Francesca and my grandfather Lorenzo.
Both immigrated from Sicily bringing their five children with them. They settled in Brooklyn, New York in a predominately Italian neighborhood surrounded by a plethora of other ethnic families. However, my early years were spent living as if I was growing up in a small Italian village. My mother and father worked and so my grandparents became the foundation with which I have built my values and attitudes. Before I attended school, I spoke only Italian, in particular, Sicilian.
One of the most prevalent themes of my upbringing was food. Not a day went by without hours of conversation about what we were going to eat and how it was going to be prepared. All of this reminiscing is due in part to a book my oldest son gave me for Christmas by Elena Kostioukovitch, called ”Why Italians Love to Talk About Food”.
I never pondered why my family of origin and everyone they surrounded themselves with was so preoccupied with food because it just was a fact of life. I have been questioned by acquaintances’ why I begin to plan another meal while I’m eating and I never had an answer that was satisfactory.
Now, by reading Kostioukovitchs’ book I have finally been able to understand that “Italy is food and food is Italy, literally emotionally, historically, and symbolically”.
By American standards preoccupation with food is considered to be a problem. Yet we struggle with our weight and week after week put some food source on the most wanted list. When the low-carb phase was popular, people who ate bread were at risk to do hard time in an abandoned spaghetti factory.
Perhaps the real secret to staying trim and healthy is to not only adopt the Mediterranean diet but its attitudes, which include savoring, enjoying and relishing in the experience of food and those with whom we break bread.
I now feel vindicated and will feel more empowered to share the delights that experimenting, creating, cooking and having glorious odors waft through the house.
And keep in mind what Ms. Piggy said “Never eat anything bigger than your head”.
Loretta LaRoche writes the Get A Life Column for the Patriot Ledger.