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Compassion Project January 2019

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AbbySchultzAbby serves on the Outreach and Communication team as the Outreach Coordinator. She is an Americorps member with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. She is the guest writer this month for the Compassion Project.

“I Am a Professional Laugher. . . I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious.” – The Dalai Lama

As we enter into a new year, many of us spend time reflecting on our lives and make goals focused on improving ourselves and the world around us. One thing we might forget to reflect on is our own laughter and joy.

It can be difficult. While many things happen around you that are out of your control, finding little bits of joy and laughter in our day-to-day is key to gaining a controlled perspective of the world around us.

Maybe one day things work out serendipitously – or things just fall into place how you want them to. If we start to look for these day and times in our lives, joy and laughter is easier to come by. This also means highlighting the little joys and little laughter in our lives to friends and family.

For example, while traveling over the holiday break, I chose to highlight how I found and returned a hectic father’s ID at the airport (a little joy), instead of highlighting the many mundane details of my five hour layover. This is a small example of how we can look for the joy and laughter in our daily lives that help us amplify our own perspective and peace of mind as we move into 2019.

We all know the benefits of laughter and positivity, but in case you forgot…

Laughter is beneficial:

  • Relaxes the whole body
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Triggers the release of endorphins
  • Improves the flow of blood
  • Defuses the anger held within

“Laughter is good for thinking because when people laugh, it is easier for them to admit new ideas to their minds.” – Dalai Lama

Sources: http://www.thepositivepsychologypeople.com/laugh-into-compassion/

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The Compassion Project: Let us be the ones who transform our world by allowing compassion to lead our action. Throughout the year, this column will feature the various ways to have compassion for others, for our specific organization, and for yourself.

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Aug 25

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WCA Mission Tour

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Oct 02

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SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

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Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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