You know, cats just make me happy 🙂 And they’re healthy for you too: Research has shown that a cat’s purr “can lower blood pressure and quiet a stressed out brain” (Rebecca Johnson, director of the University of Missouri’s Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction). There’s a very nice articel about the postitve effects a cat can have on its owner on USAtoday.com.
I don’t know if a postcard with a cute kitten on it, like this one from Kirill, can have quite the same effect. There certainly are a few endorphins being released into my bloodstream when I look at it 😉
RU-715150 from Kirill (RUSSIA); travelled 1130 miles (1818km) in 26 days.
Well, all there’s left to say is: “BE HAPPY!”.
“A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.”
~Gerald Raftery (author, poet and journalist)
I spent the day at the barn, mucking out the stall and taking care of “Romanze” (romance), the horse I am leasing. Instead of riding I decided to turn her loose in the covered arena. It’s always a delight to watch her run freely and tonight I tried to take a couple of pictures. Unfortunately it was a little too dark and the photographs obviously didn’t turn out right – out of focus etc. I liked these two shots anyway because they caught the “in-motion” feeling so well : ) and somehow this is exactly what I meant to preserve on film.
Isn’t it great to see someone enjoy their freedom so greatly? Jumping, running, kicking – Bucking of all frustrations accumulated and really dig the time not being bridled by the everyday circus.
I think many in this day and age have forgotten how important it is to do what my horse just did tonight. I am not saying people should go outside, run around and buck like a mad person – or maybe they should (?) – but just be who they are and forget what other people say, might think or expect of them for at least a little while. There are many people on this planet fighting for the freedom we are already being granted. We shouldn’t waste it by distorting ourselves to please others.
So, what are you waiting for? Take off that stupid bridle for once and run, run, run – the freedom is yours!
This card was sent to me by Joanna from Warsaw, Poland’s capital city. The image is so cute! Everytime I look at it I feel good and that is exactly what Joanna had intended to achieve with the card: “This card is about happiness”, she wrote and it certainly is for me.
More so, I think, there is no denying that happiness is one of the most important things in life. Everyday we search for new pleasures and sometimes work jobs we geniuenly hate to earn the money we believe we need to lead a contented life. But money can’t buy us happiness.
The greatest supply of happines lies with the people we love and the people who care about us: Our family, our friends.
Joanna’s card has surely made me happy by dropping into my mailbox on October 5th after travelling 473 miles (761 km) in 12 days.
So, has anybody made you happy today? Have you made anyone happy?