Manzanita shrub and Yucca

Manzanita shrub and Yucca, Sedona, Arizona

No, I’m not away – this was a few years ago, I just fancied remembering the heat and colour of ‘Red rock Country’.
One more quote this week from ‘Spontaneous Evolution’, which I have been enjoying tremendously.  The authors start from a new view of genetics armed with the latest knowledge, and range through physics, biology, society and culture, ending up at a new view of how we humans are busy creating a new humane society as the next leap forwards in our evolution.  A fascinating book.


“… Author Marci Shimoff offered a provocative suggestion in the title of her book Happy for No Reason. Shimoff wrote ‘When you’re happy for no reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than trying to extract happiness from them.’

Consider this scientific reality: Your facial expression triggers production of emotional chemistry that is realted to both happiness and unhappiness.  Our physical expressions can drive emotional responses.

French physiologist Dr. Israel Waynbaum discovered that frowning triggers the release of stress hormones that inhibit the immune system, raise blood pressure, and increase susceptibility to anxiety.  Smiling, on the other hand, raises the production of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones, while simultaneously enhancing the immune system by increasing T-cell production.”

– Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman, Spontaneous Evolution.

So, go on, smile!   Smile at yourself in the mirror each morning until you force a laugh at it all!

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