Laughter is a valuable asset for retirement at any age… good for your brain and body.
On the subject of dogs meet Angel.
We’ll see more on the “Trash Can Hound” in a moment.
Dogs believe it or not can give us a clue on how to retire at any age.
First let’s review some of yesterday’s news about the predatory nature of the world we face when we thinking about retiring from the rat race.
A New York Times article “Public Rebuke of Culture at Goldman Opens Debate” tells how Greg Smith a midlevel executive at Goldman Sachs resigned and published an Op-Ed article detailing his criticisms about how it made him ill how callously people at Goldman talk about ripping off clients.
The article also mentioned accusations brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010 that the firm intentionally duped certain clients by selling a mortgage-security product that was designed by another Goldman client betting that the housing market would crash. More recently, a Delaware judge criticized Goldman over the multiple, and potentially conflicting, roles it played in brokering an energy deal.
This is the firm that after we the taxpayers gave $10 billion in bailout money fired 1,000 workers in the United States and elsewhere and shifting their jobs to the cheaper Singaporean labor market in 2011 at a time of record profits for the company, which raked in $2.7 billion in profits in the first three months of 2011 alone.
US Taxpayers who invest are slammed three ways… paying for the bailout…. dealing with higher unemployment and protecting against chicanery in investing markets.
One way Merri and I have for overcome this over the decades is to fix up worn out old properties and make them valuable again. We have done this in London. We done this in Florida. We have done this in the Dominican Republic. We have done this in North Carolina. We have done this in Ecuador.
This has always been gratifying because we feel one purpose in our lives is helping the environment. What better way than to save ruined houses… make them beautiful and useful. It is good to think of some resources that have been saved.
The process has also been financially rewarding. I have never checked the actual figures but certainly we earned enough to be financially independent. Having some money is required to retire from the rat race.
We have also tried to help worn down people reclaim their natural beauty… energy and worth.
More than the money though… the most important part is joy in the process. Seeing the tarnish of anything or anyone removed and watching the inner beauty once again revealed is a delight.
Fixing up worn out places… worn out houses and worn out people is fun!
There is one more favorite pet project we love.
Meet Angel again.
We love helping worn down dogs because the return goes way beyond money.
Readers who have shared this site for long will have known Ma our pumpkin patch hound (Ma was found abandoned with broken ribs/legs in a our North Carolina pumpkin path). Merri, Ma and I were inseparable. She traveled with us continually to Oregon, Florida, North Carolina and Ecuador with us. When she passed at age 15 there was real mourning here and we have felt a great void in our lives.
Ma was special and we trained her to pass her AKC Canine Good Citizens Award a rare event for a hound because they have it in their nature to run free.
If you believe in reincarnation Ma has returned in the form of Angel… a Red and White Coonhound mix. If you do not believe in reincarnation, we have found a new hound brought to us by a great dog rescue organization called RUFF (Rescuers Uniting Forever Friends).
Angel is our trash can hound… as she came to us after being found abandoned in a trash can.
We are delighted for several reasons but this means we are back to square one… in terms of dog training.
This is where Merri and I (and our retirement planning) gain so much because training dogs stresses the natural importance of FUN!
My most potent weapon in training is play. When Angel does what she should do, her reward is play.
Fun and play can help us retire from the rat race… at any age and in any place as well.
Our Super Thinking courses help delegates learn how to use frequency modulation to integrate brain waves so they attain and stay in a state of relaxed concentration because concentration… focus… patience are keys to success.
All too often concentration creates stress and reduces the effectiveness of the focus. We lose the ability to see the forest with too much concentration on the trees.
Super Thinking delegates learn numerous techniques to attain this state of relaxed concentration, but nothing helps create relaxation and concentration faster than fun. You cannot be tense when you are happy and laughing!
Laughter is good for the brain because it integrates the brain waves.
An article Helpguide.com shows several ways to improve your memory and one is laughter.
An excerpt from this article says (bolds are mine): You’ve heard that laughter is the best medicine, and that holds true for the brain as well as the body. Unlike emotional responses, which are limited to specific areas of the brain, laughter involves multiple regions across the whole brain.
Furthermore, listening to jokes and working out punch lines activates areas of the brain vital to learning and creativity. As psychologist Daniel Goleman notes in his book Emotional Intelligence, “Chunking breaks a long list of numberslaughter…seems to help people think more broadly and associate more freely.”
Looking for ways to bring more laughter in your life? Start with these basics:
• Laugh at yourself. Share your embarrassing moments. The best way to take ourselves less seriously is talk about times when we took ourselves too seriously.
• When you hear laughter, move toward it. Most of the time, people are very happy to share something funny because it gives them an opportunity to laugh again and feed off the humor you find in it. When you hear laughter, seek it out and ask, “What’s funny?”
• Spend time with fun, playful people. These are people who laugh easily–both at themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who routinely find the humor in everyday events. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious.
• Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up. Keep a toy on your desk or in your car. Put up a funny poster in your office. Choose a computer screensaver that makes you laugh. Frame photos of you and your family or friends having fun.
• Pay attention to children and emulate them. They are the experts on playing, taking life lightly, and laughing.
The first slide we show in our Super Thinking + Spanish course is below.
Fun is a main pillar in this educational experience because we know the learning power of fun.
Dogs are wonderful providers of fun and exercise. They love to play… how many humans show up with a toy in their mouth? They force us to get out and take that walk we might otherwise put off. They absorb a lot of negativity.
Laughter is a powerful super thinking tool that helps create relaxed concentration and this EZ focus is one of the best assets for gaining early retirement from the predatory world.