This week let’s think about LAUGHTER:
Laughter takes the edge off our troubles. It offers a distraction and sometimes even a relief from pain and grief. Laughter is very good medicine. Laughing is like inner jogging. It helps us heal by activating the immune system. “A good laugh is sunshine in a house,” William Thackeray once noted. Try to find occasions each day to tickle your funny bone. Doing so is good for your mind, body, and soul. One of the most persistent criticisms of religious and spiritual people is that we take ourselves too seriously. Try to include some light-hearted fun into your day.
- Learn a good joke and share it with another. The laughter will do both of you good.
- If you are feeling stressed or overly serious, make silly faces at yourself in the mirror to help lighten your mood.
Lightning safety awareness week is June 22-28, 2014. According to the National Weather Service, summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena–lightning. Though lightning strikes peak in summer, people are struck year round. In the United States, an average of 51 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured. Remember, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”
Lightning: What You Need to Know
- NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
- If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
- When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
- Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
Indoor Lightning Safety
- Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
- Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
- Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
- Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.
Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips
If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
- Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
- Never lie flat on the ground
- Never shelter under an isolated tree
- Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
- Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
- Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)
These tips and more weather safety information are available at https://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/